One of the trailblazers of women’s MMA is hanging up her gloves.
Former HOOKnSHOOT Grand Prix champion Julie “Fireball” Kedzie announced her retirement from mixed martial arts, following her split-decision loss to Brazilian prospect Bethe “Pitbull” Correia at UFC Fight Night 33, Dec. 6.
Kedzie and Correia went three rounds in a close contest, but in the end, two of the three judges decided that the Pitbull won the fight.
The Fireball had quite the career in mixed martial arts. Since she first entered competition in 2004, Kedzie accumulated a record of 16-13, which included wins over the likes of Kaitlin Young, Kelly Kobold and Jan Finney (twice). She also had the distinction of competing in Showtime’s first televised women’s fight when she fought an up-and-comer by the name of Gina Carano. In the last two years of her career, she fought top stars in the sport such as Alexis Davis, Miesha Tate, and Sarah D’Alelio.
Kedzie was also a part of the first wave of female fighters to enter the UFC this past year.
Although she is done fighting in the cage, this does not mean Kedzie will be finished with the sport. Being a trainer at Jackson’s Submission Fighting and a third-degree Taekwondo black belt gives her a chance to help mold future MMA stars, male or female. She also has commentating experience for Invicta FC, which could lead to a position on the UFC’s play-by-play team in the future.
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