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Julie Kedzie on Women Fighters in the UFC
It has already been a year after Julie Kedzie was seen fighting in the cage. She has not competed since she lost to Alexis Davis in a decision loss last July 2011. She suffered a knee injury from the bout and was never able to fight since. She moonlighted as a member of the MMA media as an analyst for Invicta Fighting Championships.
Kedzie commented as she was interviewed by Sherdog.com: “I absolutely love that side of things. I didn’t know that I would love it as much as I love it, but it is fun.” She added: “The production is just amazing, it’s beautiful. It’s like going to one of the big shows. I really enjoy commentating; I really enjoy analyzing. I like knowing what’s going on and being able to say, ‘This is happening.’ If I can help bridge that gap for people who don’t necessarily know everything about what’s happening – I’d like to make MMA accessible.”
Kedzie is scheduled to fight former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate on Saturday night. The fight will be seen live at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The matchup is also a preliminary bout on Showtime Extreme; this is also one of the three bouts on the Strikeforce “Rousey versus Kaufman” lineup.
Kedzie is just 31 years old from Indiana. She made women’s MMA history when she fought Gina Carano in the first ever female MMA bout to be televised on Showtime. She has ever since encouraged the growth and appreciation for the sport. But according to Kedzie, women’s MMA will soon get better. “I think women will be in the UFC within the next five years. Even if it’s just super – fights or whatever, I think it will happen.”
After two all- women events in Kansas City, Kansas, Kenzie believes that Invicta will continue as an important organization for fighters that are not yet given the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills on the cage. Invicta is expected to come up with another all-female fight card on October 6.
Kenzie adds: “I think Invicta is here to stay, I don’t see [promotion president Shannon Knapp] selling to a bigger show or anything like that.” The fighter also loves the way things are going for women fighters and that is women supporting women in MMA which is actually what matters most.