Julie Kedzie

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Julie Kedzie
Born (1981-03-18) March 18, 1981 (age 35)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other names Fireball[1]
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Reach 64.5 in (164 cm)
Style Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Team Jackson's Submission Fighting[2]
Rank 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo from Monroe County Martial Arts
Years active 2004–2013
Mixed martial arts record
Total 29
Wins 16
By knockout 3
By submission 3
By decision 10
Losses 13
By submission 7
By decision 6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Julie Kedzie (born March 18, 1981) is a retired American mixed martial artist.[3] She is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[4] Kedzie was Greg Jackson's personal assistant at Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts.[5] Kedzie has been working for Invicta Fighting Championships as a fight commentator and interviewer. In December 2013, Kedzie became the new matchmaker for Invicta FC.[6]

Early life[edit]

Kedzie was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Bloomington, Indiana when she was twelve so her mother could pursue a doctorate in neurobiology from Indiana University. She has a sister named Jenny Raff.[7]

She and her sister were enrolled in Tae Kwon Do by her father when Julie was five years old.[1]

She studied under Steve and Linda Scott at Monroe County Martial Arts. She later returned to teach a one-time mixed martial arts class.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Indiana University.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kedzie rose to prominence in mixed martial arts on November 19, 2005, when she won the one-night HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix in Evansville, Indiana.


On February 10, 2007, Kedzie faced undefeated rising star Gina Carano in a featured bout at EliteXC: Destiny, which aired live on Showtime. She was defeated by Carano, but the fight received Fight of the Night honours.[8]

Independent promotions[edit]

Following the Elite XC fight, Kedzie defeated Kelly Kobold at BodogFight - Vancouver on August 24, 2007. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[9]

Kedzie later signed a contract with the American Fight League,[10] but the promotion folded and Kedzie was released from her contract.

Jackson's MMA Series[edit]

Kedzie was scheduled to face Sarah D'Alelio at Jackson's MMA Series 2 on September 4, 2010,[11] but the fight was canceled after Kedzie signed on to take part in the filming of the Ultimate Women Challenge reality show.[12] The show never made it to air, and 7 contestants sued the producers, claiming they were never paid.[13]

During the filming of the Ultimate Women Challenge, Kedzie faced Kaitlin Young on September 24, 2010. She was defeated by split decision.[14]

Kedzie's fight with Sarah D'Alelio was then rebooked for Jackson's MMA Series 3 on December 18, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[15] She defeated D'Alelio via unanimous decision.[16]

She then faced Kaitlin Young in a five-round title rematch at Jackson's MMA Series 4 on April 9, 2011.[17] Kedzie defeated Young by unanimous decision to become Jackson's MMA Series Women's Bantamweight Champion.[18]


Kedzie was scheduled to fight Amanda Nunes at the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum event on June 18, 2011, in Dallas, Texas.[19] The bout, however, was cancelled after Nunes sustained a foot injury.[20]

Kedzie made her Strikeforce debut against Alexis Davis on July 30, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.[21][22] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Kedzie was expected to face Germaine de Randamie as part of the Strikeforce Challengers 19 card on September 23, 2011, but withdrew due to injury.[24]

Kedzie faced Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman on August 18, 2012.[25] She was defeated by submission due to an armbar in the third round.[26][27]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Kedzie's UFC debut was against Germaine de Randamie at UFC on Fox 8 on July 27, 2013.[28] She lost the fight by split decision.[29][30]

Kedzie faced Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot on December 7, 2013.[31] She lost the fight via split decision and subsequently announced her retirement from mixed martial arts competition via Twitter.[32]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–13 Bethe Correia Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot December 7, 2013 3 5:00 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Loss 16–12 Germaine de Randamie Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Loss 16–11 Miesha Tate Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman August 18, 2012 3 3:28 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 16–10 Alexis Davis Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson July 30, 2011 3 5:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 16–9 Kaitlin Young Decision (unanimous) Jackson's MMA Series 4 April 9, 2011 5 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Won Jackson's MMA Series Women's Bantamweight Championship
Win 15–9 Sarah D'Alelio Decision (unanimous) Jackson's MMA Series 3 December 18, 2010 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 14–9 Kaitlin Young Decision (split) Ultimate Women Challenge September 24, 2010 3 3:00 St. George, Utah, United States
Win 14–8 Malissa Sherwood Decision (unanimous) Jackson's MMA Series 1 June 5, 2010 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 13–8 Katrina Alendal Decision (unanimous) Cage Life: Ultimate Freedom Throwdown July 4, 2009 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 12–8 Sarah Schneider Submission (rear-naked choke) Duke City MMA Series 1 March 14, 2009 1 2:01 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 12–7 Angela Hayes Submission (armbar) Battlequest 8 April 11, 2008 1 4:26 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 11–7 Tonya Evinger Submission (rear-naked choke) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series January 25, 2008 1 1:43 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–6 Jan Finney TKO (punches) HOOKnSHOOT: MW Tournament September 29, 2007 2 2:44 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 10–6 Kelly Kobold Decision (unanimous) BodogFight: Vancouver August 24, 2007 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 9–6 Julia Berezikova TKO (punches) BodogFight: Clash of the Nations April 14, 2007 2 2:49 St. Petersburg, Russia
Loss 8–6 Gina Carano Decision (unanimous) EliteXC: Destiny February 10, 2007 3 3:00 Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Loss 8–5 Amanda Buckner Submission (guillotine choke) BodogFight: St. Petersburg December 16, 2006 1 2:21 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 8–4 Molly Helsel Decision (majority) HOOKnSHOOT: The Women Return November 18, 2006 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 7–4 Jan Finney Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Meltdown October 7, 2006 2 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Loss 6–4 Tara LaRosa Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Cage Wars July 8, 2006 3 5:00 Chelan, Washington, United States
Win 6–3 Amanda Duvall TKO (punches) Cage Rage Indiana May 6, 2006 1 0:18 Indiana, United States
Win 5–3 Sasha Mrvic Decision (unanimous) Combat Do Fighting Challenge 7 April 22, 2006 3 5:00 Cicero, Illinois, United States
Loss 4–3 Shayna Baszler Submission (armbar) Freestyle Combat Challenge 22 March 18, 2006 1 N/A Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Win 4–2 Molly Helsel Decision (split) HOOKnSHOOT: 2005 Women's Grand Prix November 19, 2005 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States Won 2005 HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix
Win 3–2 Jan Finney Decision (unanimous) HOOKnSHOOT: 2005 Women's Grand Prix November 19, 2005 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 2–2 Missy Karr Submission (keylock) HOOKnSHOOT: 2005 Women's Grand Prix November 19, 2005 1 N/A Evansville, Indiana, United States
Loss 1–2 Jen Case Submission (triangle choke) HOOKnSHOOT: Arnold Classic March 4, 2005 2 2:11 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 1–1 Jen Case Submission (armbar) HOOKnSHOOT: Evolution November 6, 2004 1 2:51 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0 Terry Blair Submission (armbar) HOOKnSHOOT: Live March 27, 2004 2 2:13 Evansville, Indiana, United States

HOOKnSHOOT - 2005 Women's Grand Prix Bracket[edit]

This tournament was held on November 19, 2005.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
United States Molly Helsel SUB
United States Kellyn Huehn 1
United States Molly Helsel SUB
United States Lisa Ellis 1
United States Lisa Ellis SUB
United States Kellyn Huehn 1
United States Molly Helsel 3
United States Julie Kedzie DEC
United States Jan Finney KO
United States Mystee Blackwood 1
United States Jan Finney 3
United States Julie Kedzie DEC
United States Missy Karr 1
United States Julie Kedzie SUB


  • 2005 HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix Champion
  • Extreme Grappling Open Champion
  • World Kickboxing Association National Champion
  • Jackson's MMA Series Women's Bantamweight Champion (2011)
  • BJPenn.com

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Exclusive Interview With Julie Kedzie". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Jackson Fight Team". Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Fight Finder Profile". Sherdog. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Monroe County Martial Arts Bloomington, Indiana M.C.M.A. Black Belts". monroecountymartialarts.com. 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  5. ^ "Caged Warfare MMA fighter talks mentality, training and how she keeps cool in the heat of battle". alibi.com. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  7. ^ a b "Tough Enough" (PDF). SusanBrackney.com. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  8. ^ "Monday Morning Reverie: How Do You Spell "Anticlimax"?". Sherdog.com. 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  9. ^ "Carano, Opportunity Knock for Kobald". Sherdog.com. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  10. ^ "American Fight League inks Julie Kedzie, Roxanne Modafferi and Emily Thompson". MMAjunkie.com, by John Morgan. 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  11. ^ "Kedzie vs D'Alelio Set For Jackson's MMA Series 2". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  12. ^ "UWC Signings Force Cancellation Of Fights". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  13. ^ "Lawsuit Filed Against Ultimate Women Challenge Producers". mmahq.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  14. ^ "September 2010 Ultimate Women Challenge Results Released". MMARising.com. 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  15. ^ "Kedzie To Face D'Alelio At Jackson's MMA Series 3". MMARising.com. 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  16. ^ "Bedford Upsets WEC Vet Gomez, Kedzie Wins at Jackson's MMA". Sherdog.com. 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  17. ^ "Kaitlin Young vs Julie Kedzie Set For Jackson's MMA Series". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  18. ^ "Julie Kedzie Edges Kaitlin Young For Jackson's MMA Title". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  19. ^ "Amanda Nunes Meets Julie Kedzie at Strikeforce on June 18". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-05-20. 
  20. ^ "Amanda Nunes out of "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" due to injury". MMAjunkie.com. 2011-06-01. 
  21. ^ "Alexis Davis vs. Julie Kedzie Latest Addition to Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Card". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  22. ^ "Strikeforce Adds Two More Women's Bouts To July 30 Card". MMARising.com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  23. ^ "Strikeforce Prelims: Davis Smothers, Outpoints Kedzie". Sherdog.com. 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  24. ^ "Julie Kedzie Off Strikeforce Challengers Card Due to Injury; Replacement Search Underway". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  25. ^ "Miesha Tate vs Julie Kedzie Set For August 18 Strikeforce Card". MMARising.com. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  26. ^ "Ronda Rousey Submits Sarah Kaufman, Retains Strikeforce Title". MMARising.com. 2012-08-18. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  27. ^ "Strikeforce Prelims: Miesha Tate Armbar Submits Julie Kedzie". Sherdog.com. 2012-08-18. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  28. ^ "Julie Kedzie vs. Germaine de Randamie booked for July's UFC on FOX 8 event". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  29. ^ "Liz Carmouche, Germaine De Randamie Win At UFC On FOX 8". MMARising.com. 2013-07-27. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  30. ^ "UFC on FOX 8 results/photos: Germaine de Randamie knees way past Julie Kedzie". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-07-27. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  31. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-11-13). "Julie Kedzie meets undefeated Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 33". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  32. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2013-12-07). "Women's MMA pioneer Julie Kedzie retires following UFC Fight Night 33 loss". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  33. ^ "BJPenn.com Presents 2012 Women's MMA Awards Results - BJPENN.COM". BJPENN.COM. 

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