WMMA pioneer Julie Kedzie may have retired from MMA just over a week ago, but she doesn’t plan on leaving the sport behind anytime soon.
On the most recent episode of The MMA Hour, Kedzie revealed that she’s been hired as the new matchmaker for Invicta FC, the leading females-only MMA promotion.
“We are thrilled to expand Julie’s role in the Invicta FC organization and have one of the pioneers of our sport assume the pivotal role of matchmaker under her wing,” Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp wrote in a press release. “There is no one more qualified than someone like Julie, who has lived and breathed MMA for the last 10 years, to take on the responsibility of nurturing our athletes, building our roster and creating the most exciting matchups possible for our live event series.”
“I am excited about this incredible new opportunity that will allow me to remain as active and hands on as ever in contributing to the growth of women’s competition in our great sport,” Kedzie added. “Shannon Knapp has done an unbelievable job at pushing the envelope and helping transform women’s MMA into an aggressively expanding enterprise, a development that will undoubtedly lead to increased participation in the sport by young women athletes who want to challenge themselves in the world’s fastest growing sport.”
Kedzie will also double as a commentator for the organization, a role she’s filled in the past.
During her competitive career, Kedzie fought in 29 bouts, including two in the newly minted UFC women’s division.
Invicta FC has put on seven shows to date since opening its doors in 2012.