Women’s MMA pioneer Julie Kedzie has decided to hang up the gloves following her hard fought loss to Bethe Correira at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The fan, and media, favorite retires after dropping her last four fights and a 16-13 record in the sport. “Fireball” announced her retirement following her fight via twitter.
Before walking out to my fight today, I had a long talk with my coach and we decided that this would be my last MMA fight. I would have loved to have gone out on a win, but c’est la vie-don’t leave it to the judges. Heartbreak is a huge part of this sport. I really truly want to thank all of you for being a part of my journey as a fighter. I will still be involved in MMA for the rest of my life but now it’s time for me to accept that I can give more to the sport by stepping back and taking role in helping to develop other fighters. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the UFC, my team, and all of you who have made me achieve some amazing dreams.
“Fireball” was always a memorable fighter because she never failed to give everything she had in her fights. Even during Kedzie’s four fight losing streak the fighter was in every one her fights, including an incredible 2012 battle with UFC title contender Miesha Tate that saw her take it to Tate for the majority of the bout before she was caught in an arm bar.
Kedzie will continue to work with her long time coaches at Team Jackson-Winklejohn but will also find herself back in the broadcast booth. Kedzie has worked the mic for Invicta Fighting Championships multiple times in the promotion’s history as an analyst for the WMMA promotion.