Julie Kedzie Announces Retirement

BRISBANE, Australia — Shortly after her second straight split decision loss in the UFC, women’s MMA pioneer Julie Kedzie (16-13) took to social media and announced her retirement from mixed martial arts. Her loss to Bethe Correira (7-0) was her fourth straight loss, and there were rumblings that the UFC was considering cutting Kedzie if she were to go 0-2 in the octagon.

Though a name under the radar in the UFC, Kedzie was a pioneer for women’s MMA, being one of the biggest names in the sport before the top names in the UFC today. Her fight with Gina Carano on EliteXC: Destiny on February 10, 2007 is one of the most well known fights in women’s MMA history

The tweets from Kedzie announcing her retirement came within the last hour:





One area Kedzie could continue to be involved with mixed martial arts is in broadcasting, where she has had some experience providing commentary for fights with Invicta FC. And while her fight may not make the major headlines, her impact on women’s MMA and where it is at today certainly will after her retirement.



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