"The fact that MMA doesn’t allow 12-6 elbows is ridiculous," Young said. "You are going to let me knee someone in the face, but you are concerned about which direction my elbow is moving?"
A "12-6 elbow" is a strike that is brought from a high position and travels vertically toward the floor, dropping the point of the elbow directly on the target. This type of elbow is illegal in many MMA organizations, including the UFC, Invicta FC and Strikeforce.
The 12-6 elbow was perhaps made famous by UFC champ Jon Jones, as the only stain on his record is a loss to Matt Hamill, due to illegally dropping down a flurry of elbows to the face.
The hardness of the elbow allows for hitting with considerable force, and experienced fighters can easily knock out, cut, or injure their opponent with a well-placed elbow strike.
In Invicta FC, sideways elbows are allowed, but not 12-6 elbows. No extensive studies have been done, weighing knee strikes to the face against 12-6 elbows, so it's hard to say Young is correct or incorrect.
Young looks to secure a win against Brazilian knockout artist Amanda Nunes on Apr. 5 at Invicta FC 5, and she'll be forced to do so without use of the 12-6 elbow strike.
"Invicta has been an amazing company to work with! I have been to every show at this point, fighting or supporting, and each time they create an excellent event," Young said. "Invicta is the first promotion to have multiple female weight divisions for the fans to follow, and that leads to more interest in potential match ups. Invicta is the best thing that has ever happened to female MMA fighters."