It never took long for Julie Kedzie to find a new career.
The WMMA pioneer announced her retirement from the sport the sport just a few weeks ago. The retirement followed a fourth consecutive career loss to UFC newcomer Bethe Correia via split decision, at UFC Fight Night 33.
The 2005 HooknShoot Grand Prix winner, Kedzie, has now been made matchmaker at Invicta FC. Invicta's president, Shannon Knapp, announced the news earlier this week.
“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. 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 match ups possible for our live event series.”
Kedzie already worked for Invicta as a fight commentator and interviewer and she will continue to do so while also attending to her matchmaking duties. The 32 year old said she was excited to be a part of the growth in WMMA.
“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. 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.”
The UFC recently announced the acquisition of Invicta's top strawweight fighters. The 115lb. weight class will be added to the UFC's roaster following the first season of a all women's TUF.
Kedzie retired from the sport with a 16-13 record since debuting back in March 2004. The Jackson's MMA fighter holds notable wins over the likes off Jan Finney and Kaitlin Young.