Before Ronda Rousey (7-0), Miesha Tate (13-4) and Liz Carmouche (8-3) were dominating women’s MMA, Julie “Fireball” Kedzie (16-11) was one of the top names in the sport.
She has earned numerous accolades in her career, including winning the 2005 HOOKnSHOOT Women’s Grand Prix tournament. Her fight with Gina Carano (7-1) back in 2007 has the distinction of being the first women’s MMA on television.
It is 2013 and Kedzie is set to make her UFC debut against the powerful Dutch striker “The Iron Lady” Germaine de Randamie (3-2) at UFC on Fox 8: Johnson vs. Mogana, July 27. For Kedize, competing inside of the octagon will be another honor to add to her legacy.
Since her debut in 2004, Kedzie has fought a who’s who of top fighters including Kaitlin Young (7-8-1), Shayna Bazsler (15-8) and Sarah D’Alelio (7-3). Although she is currently on a two-fight losing streak, the match against de Randamie could be the start of a successful run in the UFC.
As for the fight itself, de Randamie’s kickboxing background could match well with Kedzie’s taekwondo. Still, the Fireball is unlike any opponent The Iron Lady has faced in the past. Kedzie’s experience, along with the names on her fight resume, makes her a dangerous opponent for the Dutch fighter.
In addition to her fighting skills, Kedzie has become well-versed in the commentating booth at the Invicta FC events. Perhaps she could be calling the action alongside Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg, Kenny Florian and Jon Anik at future UFC events.
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