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What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you

Meet Caitlin “Meathook” Kelley, A 9-Year-Old MMA Fighter Who Can Kick You Into Next Week

She’s nine years old, she has pink hair, and she loves Justin Bieber. But don’t let that fool you into thinking Caitlin Kelley isn’t into something a little more badass. Kelley, who lives in Tampa, Florida, is actually a very accomplished competitive MMA fighter who pounds a punching bag with her bare hands. If she could, she’d train every single day, but when would she have time to do her homework? Something tells me she’d squeeze it in somehow.

At nine, Kelley, who competes under the name “Meathook Kelley” — MEATHOOK, guys, she’s NINE — is a black belt at her Tiger Schulmann‘s gym and has worked her way through the ranks fighting against both boys and girls. She punches, she kicks, she grapples — and she’s won medals, trophies and belts for her skills. In Florida, she’s ranked fourth in submission grappling. In the southeast, she’s seventh, and across the United States she’s at lucky #13. Kelley spends four nights a week at a gym that promotes an attitude of sticking with a challenge, not quitting, and building their self-esteem.

But what’s awesome about Kelley’s approach is that she has not compromised her personality or her “typical girl” passions for athletics. She’s a perfect balance, and other girls should take note if they think that sports and a crush on the Bieb are mutually exclusive. This story is super heartwarming because it’s clear that this girl has worked on building up confidence in herself that will guide her through the even tougher years to come — her teenage years. All while still being a young girl. She’s not even 10, and she’s already a role model!

I want her to rule the world and kick ass all the way to the top.

(ABC Action News via Tiger Schulmann’s MMA Blog)

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  • JoAnna Luffman

    I’m not ashamed to admit she would probably beat my ass.

  • Anonymous

    Think she can act? Can we get her in Kick Ass 2 for Hit Girl? Cause lets face it we all <3ed when HG was little and cursed like a salior. All grown up? No thanks!

  • Ryan ‘Quavey’ Havers


  • Anonymous

    You go, girl!  How excellent to see a young girl who is a tail-kicking role model for other kids!

  • Julianne McCartney

    Badass girl! Aw yeah!

    On a side note, I use to go to Tiger Schulmann’s but my experience was ruined, because the instructor would not stop badgering me to pay more and more money. I asked why I couldn’t pay monthly and had to instead put down about 4k all at once ( I don’t have that kinda dough, I’m 25 and I’m buried in debt from college). So I used out the last of my lessons and started taking Krav Maga.
    If you wanna learn how to kick someone’s ass into next week 500 times over, take Krav. You can’t go wrong with the defense form that is taught to the Israeli army…

    I hope she keeps taking self defense classes and branches out, and tries different forms. Systema is awesome too!

  • Julie Kelley

    Thank you for this post! That is my girl! She finished last year 1st in FL, 2nd south and 12th in the nation! She is a dedicated amazing young lady! Tiger Schulmann’s and Shihan Hellman, have been amazing. Thank you again for acknowledging her!

  • Anonymous

    Id be afraid to get on the wrong side of her.

  • Life Lessons


  • Life Lessons

    Go you for having such a wonderful young woman in your family!! I can’t wait to read and hear more about her. :)