Julie Kedzie announces retirement following loss at UFC Fight Night 33

The women’s bantamweight division will officially lose one of its longest tenured fighters, as Julie Kedzie officially has announced her plans to retire following her split decision loss to Beth Correia at UFC FIght Night 33.

This isn’t the first time the WMMA veteran has flirted with the idea of retirement as she revealed she had been contemplating hanging up the gloves after losing her UFC debut to Germaine de Randamie at UFC on Fox 8 back in July. But in the end she decided she still had the desire to compete at a high level and just couldn’t imagine giving up after her fellow women fighters were finally getting a chance to display their talents in a UFC octagon.

A fixture in the world of women’s combat sports, Kedzie made her professional debut back in 2004 and would go onto compete 29 more times before deciding it was time to walk away.

While she never won a belt in a major organization she will forever be remembered for tremendous performance against former MMA superstar Gina Carano during her time at ElitXC back in 2007. In a fight that left both women bruised and bloodied, Kedzie held her own and lasted 15 grueling minutes against the face of the company. She may have lost the contest but that night became a major turning point in women’s MMA and it was because of their performance that women began to be taken seriously in a sport once dominated by men.

Kedzie is without a doubt one of the unsung heroes in women’s MMA and we here at Cageside News want to thank her for her contributions to the sport and wish her the best of luck.

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