Women’s MMA Veteran Julie Kedzie has already developed plans for what she will do after her recent retirement from Mixed Martial Arts
as she has recently taken the job as head matchmaker for the all women’s fight promotion, Invicta Fighting Championship, announced Monday. She will also continue her role as a color commentator for the promotion, a job that she has held since Invicta FC’s beginnings.
Kedzie walked away from MMA earlier this month with a record of 16-13 in her MMA career. She has recently gone 0-2 in her last two fights. Her last defeat coming by way of a unanimous decision loss to Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia. She announced after the fight that after much consulting with her couch, Greg Jackson, she had already made the decision to retire before her last fight ever began.
“I am excited about this incredible new opportunity that will allow me to remain as active and hands-on as ever in contributing to the growth of women’s competition in our great sport,” Kedzie stated in an Invicta release. “(Invicta President) Shannon Knapp has done an unbelievable job at pushing the envelope and helping transform women’s MMA into an aggressively expanding enterprise, a development that will undoubtedly lead to increased participation in the sport by young women athletes who want to challenge themselves in the world’s fastest growing sport.”
The Invicta FC promotion has had seven events since it started up in April of 2012. Most recently Kansas City, Mo housed Invicta FC 7 earlier this month.
“We are thrilled to expand Julie’s role in the Invicta FC organization and have one of the pioneers of our sport assume the pivotal role of matchmaker under her wing,” Knapp said. “There is no one more qualified than someone like Julie, who has lived and breathed MMA for the last 10 years, to take on the responsibility of nurturing our athletes, building our roster and creating the most exciting matchups possible for our live event series.”
Beginning her professional MMA career in 2004, Kedzie is a definite pioneer in women’s MMA. Stepping into the cage long before anyone thought they would see a woman in the UFC Kedzie was fighting names in women’s MMA such as Gina Carano, Tonya Evinger, Miesha Tate, and Kaitlin Young just to name a few.
Kedzie faced off against UFC newcomer, Brazilian Bethe Correia. Kedzie lost that bout via split decision. The same devastating result as her UFC debut.
With a plethora of organizations under her belt, such as BodogFIGHT, EliteXC, and KIng of the Cage, Kedzie suffered a four fight-losing streak to close out her career. However, now she will be the face behind future great female MMA match ups and someone we’ll see continuously while commentating. And though she will no longer be participation in the cage she is sure to be passionate about her role outside of it.