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Julie Kedzie Bio

Julie Kedzie (born March 18, 1981) is a retired American mixed martial artist. She is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Kedzie was Greg Jackson's personal assistant at Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts. 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.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Mixed martial arts career
    • 2.1 Early career
    • 2.2 EliteXC
    • 2.3 Independent promotions
    • 2.4 Jackson's MMA Series
    • 2.5 Strikeforce
    • 2.6 Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • 3 Mixed martial arts record
  • 4 HOOKnSHOOT - 2005 Women's Grand Prix Bracket
  • 5 Accomplishments
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early life

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.

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

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.

She is currently a student in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Iowa.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

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.

Independent promotions

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

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

Jackson's MMA Series

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

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

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

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


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

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

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.

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

Ultimate Fighting Championship

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

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

Mixed martial arts record

HOOKnSHOOT - 2005 Women's Grand Prix Bracket

This tournament was held on November 19, 2005.


  • 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
    • 2012 WMMA Fight of the Year vs. Miesha Tate on August 18

See also

  • List of female mixed martial artists

External links

  • Julie Kedzie Awakening Profile
  • Professional MMA record for Julie Kedzie from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata
  • Fightergirls.com profile
  • Julie Kedzie's Official Website
  • Julie Kedzie on IMDb

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