EXCLUSIVE | Kedzie Talks Drama Surrounding Teammate GSP
Late Night Cageside met up with Female MMA veteran Julie Kedzie. Kedzie is scheduled to fight Brazilian Bethe Correia in Australia at UFC FIght Night 33 scheduled December 6, 2013.
Julie wasn’t shy to voice her opinion concerning all of the criticism and slack that UFC Welterweight Champion George St. Pierre has been having to handle as of late.
“If George wants to take a break it’s his damn business.” Kedzie said, “All this TMZ crap… excuse my language but fuck that. That’s nobody’s business what’s going on in his life. He’s done so much for the sport, so much.” She went on to say, “We should tip our hats to him, we should say congratulations, thank you for all you’ve done. Of all people in the sport I think he is exemplary.”
After his controversial title defense against Johnny Hendricks, George St-Pierre voiced that he was going through some personal issues and was stepping away from MMA and the UFC for an undetermined amount of time. News that was not handled well by many fans as well as UFC President Dana White. Julie Kedzie felt no ill will as a fan or former team-mate of George’s in his decision to take a break.
“Personal life is personal life and it shouldn’t matter. It just shouldn’t matter.” Kedzie said, “None of it should matter. It should be completely up to him and what he wants to do, and that’s my take on it.”
“Let the man have his personal life.”
Kedzie was quick to defend a fighter’s humanity and need to balance ones life outside of the cage, and how not doing so can have dire consequences inside the cage.
“If it’s something deeply affecting your personal life you attend to that. You take care of yourself, because you do not want to walk into the Octagon half assed. You get hurt.”
Kedzie went on to voice her opinion about fans and anyone else that gives grief to any fighter that chooses to retire.
“When somebody decides to hang up their gloves we should respect them just as much for people who decide to put them on. You should never ever make somebody feel obligated or ashamed for stepping away from something that takes so much passion and is so grueling and can be so tiresome.”
GSP is no doubt one of the greatest fighters ever seen in the sport. Regardless of his decision there is still a certain amount of respect due to the most winningest fighter in UFC history. Julie finished by defending GSP and giving nothing but positivity and love to the Welterweight champion.
“Stay the hell out of his business and let him take care of what he needs to take care of. And let that be that. If it’s a health issue I wish him the best health in the world. If it’s a happiness issue I wish him the best happiness in the world. He deserves nothing but respect at this point.”