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Julie Kedzie Announces Her Retirement Following Her Loss at UFC Fight Night 33

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Women’s mixed martial arts pioneer Julie Kedzie has announced her retirement from fighting following her split decision loss to Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 33.

Kedzie chose to announce her retirement via Twitter:

Although the rise of WMMA has been mostly accredited to current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, it was Julie Kedzie and Gina Carano that first sparked the world’s interest into WMMA back in 2007 at EliteXC Destiny. Carano and Kedzie engaged in a brutal three-round war that was very well received by spectators. It was well received enough to spark the public’s interest into Gina Carano and the idea of women’s mixed martial artists.

It’s unquestionable that Kedzie’s contributions to WMMA were vital for the sport to be where it is today. Even so, she’s been relatively unnoticed when compared to her WMMA counterparts, such as Rousey, Carano, and Tate. Only the hardcore fans of the sport are aware of how important she was and fully appreciate the depth of her contributions.

Here at SciFighting, we bid Kedzie farewell and wish her success in all of her future endeavors.