Female MMA veteran Julie Kedzie was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to chat with BJPenn.com radio’s Late Night Cageside this week to talk about her upcoming bout with Brazilian Bethe Correia in Australia this December at UFC Fight Night 33.
Late Night Cageside caught Julie lazing around her house with her dog Bailey to talk travel, training, and redeeming her loss in her first UFC event.
Julie has been moving in a very positive direction in training after her loss to Germaine de Randamie at her UFC debut. Julie was excited to say that she feels super confident, and assures fight fans that she will not be a “deer in headlights” like she was in the Germaine fight.
“I feel ready,” she said. “(I had) stars in my eyes about the UFC” and she promises not to forget that “a fight is still a fight”. However, it seems like the MMA veteran is well prepared for her fight in December, and makes it sound like she is on the top of her game.
Late Night Cageside’s Shawn McClures commented on the last time he has talked with Julie Kedzie saying, “I don’t know if you had just killed a shark and ate it raw, but you were in beast mode.” He said that she was even calling out male fighters and saying that she’d step in for a fight! Shawn asked if Julie was still in that killer instinct frame of mind.
“I feel happily motivated and very very direct. I’m definitely blood thirsty right now, but it’s being channeled more positively” she said.
“(The) killer instinct is…still coming out of me. I’m vicious. My coaches have done a very good job of channeling it lately, and I’m on a pretty hard training routine. So, I’m killing the people right in front of me, but I’m not going out picking fights.”
Kedzie expressed her excitement about being a part of Greg Jackson’s team and how a mutual friend of the two, Dan Higgins, will be helping her in training. She was also very excited to announce that an idol of hers and “one of the best kick boxers of all time” John Wayne Parr would also be aiding in her preparation for her December bout.
Kedzie was asked how she thought traveling would affect her. “I’m sure sleeping wise it’s going to be difficult getting on a different sleep schedule and that sort of thing.” She said, “I think I’m losing a day of the week. So, you know fight week, that’s when you’re water loading and doing all sorts of tricks with sodium and drinking massive amounts of water and stuff like that in order to cut properly. So that’s gonna be kind of difficult.” She continued to say, “In terms of nutrition I’m going to be set. I just hope my seat (on the plane is) next to the bathroom.”
She admitted that she is in fact afraid to fly and worried about sharks saying that she’ll “be peeing and worrying about sharks” as the plane crosses over the ocean. She went on to jokingly say, “I might actually be PMS’ing that week too. We’re just going to try and harness it for fight day. It’s going to be an interesting trip.”
When asked about any added stress about traveling, Julie simply stated that it “makes it more of an adventure!”
Kedzie was originally set to face off against Alexandra Albu before an injury got in the way. However, three weeks ago Kedzie’s opponent changed and she is now scheduled to fight Brazilian Bethe Corriea at UFC Fight Night 33. Kedzie stated that though there is minimal footage of her new opponent she looks similar to Albu. Kedzie said that Correia looks “hard hitting and hungry” and has “good Jiu-Jitsu and good takedowns”.
Her coaches have been clear in telling her not to worry about the opponent change and to simply “fight like you”.
“Have to be yourself and trust that your instincts as a fighter are going to prevail,” said Kedzie.
Kedzie is “super happy” during her time in camp. She stated that before her last UFC bout she was anything but happy crying almost every day during training and pushing herself much too hard.
Julie Kedzie is a very experienced fighter and is sure to impress this December against Bethe Corriea. Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva are set to headline the event in Australia on December 6th U.S. time and December 7- local Australian time. Other bouts to look out for are Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. James Te Huna and Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Perosh among others.
Listen to her full interview here: