Julie Kedzie (born March 18, 1981) is a retired American mixed martial artist.[3] She is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[4] Kedzie was Greg Jackson's personal assistant at Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts.[5] Kedzie has been working for Invicta Fighting Championships as a fight commentator and interviewer. In December 2013, Kedzie became the new matchmaker for Invicta FC.[6]

Julie Kedzie
Born (1981-03-18) March 18, 1981 (age 38)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other namesFireball[1]
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Reach64.5 in (164 cm)
StyleTaekwondo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico
TeamJackson's Submission Fighting[2]
Rank3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo from Monroe County Martial Arts
Years active2004–2013
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision10
By submission7
By decision6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early lifeEdit

Kedzie was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Bloomington, Indiana when she was twelve so her mother could pursue a doctorate in neurobiology from Indiana University. She has a sister named Jenny Raff.[7]

She and her sister were enrolled in Tae Kwon Do by her father when Julie was five years old.[1]

She studied under Steve and Linda Scott at Monroe County Martial Arts. She later returned to teach a one-time mixed martial arts class.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Indiana University.[7]

She is currently a student in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Iowa.[8]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Kedzie rose to prominence in mixed martial arts on November 19, 2005, when she won the one-night HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix in Evansville, Indiana.


On February 10, 2007, Kedzie faced undefeated rising star Gina Carano in a featured bout at EliteXC: Destiny, which aired live on Showtime. She was defeated by Carano, but the fight received Fight of the Night honours.[9]

Independent promotionsEdit

Following the Elite XC fight, Kedzie defeated Kelly Kobold at BodogFight - Vancouver on August 24, 2007. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[10]

Kedzie later signed a contract with the American Fight League,[11] but the promotion folded and Kedzie was released from her contract.

Jackson's MMA SeriesEdit

Kedzie was scheduled to face Sarah D'Alelio at Jackson's MMA Series 2 on September 4, 2010,[12] but the fight was canceled after Kedzie signed on to take part in the filming of the Ultimate Women Challenge reality show.[13] The show never made it to air, and 7 contestants sued the producers, claiming they were never paid.[14]

During the filming of the Ultimate Women Challenge, Kedzie faced Kaitlin Young on September 24, 2010. She was defeated by split decision.[15]

Kedzie's fight with Sarah D'Alelio was then rebooked for Jackson's MMA Series 3 on December 18, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[16] She defeated D'Alelio via unanimous decision.[17]

She then faced Kaitlin Young in a five-round title rematch at Jackson's MMA Series 4 on April 9, 2011.[18] Kedzie defeated Young by unanimous decision to become Jackson's MMA Series Women's Bantamweight Champion.[19]


Kedzie was scheduled to fight Amanda Nunes at the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum event on June 18, 2011, in Dallas, Texas.[20] The bout, however, was cancelled after Nunes sustained a foot injury.[21]

Kedzie made her Strikeforce debut against Alexis Davis on July 30, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.[22][23] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Kedzie was expected to face Germaine de Randamie as part of the Strikeforce Challengers 19 card on September 23, 2011, but withdrew due to injury.[25]

Kedzie faced Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman on August 18, 2012.[26] She was defeated by submission due to an armbar in the third round.[27][28]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Kedzie's UFC debut was against Germaine de Randamie at UFC on Fox 8 on July 27, 2013.[29] She lost the fight by split decision.[30][31]

Kedzie faced Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot on December 7, 2013.[32] She lost the fight via split decision and subsequently announced her retirement from mixed martial arts competition via Twitter.[33]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 16 wins 13 losses
By knockout 3 0
By submission 3 7
By decision 10 6
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–13 Bethe Correia Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot December 7, 2013 3 5:00 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Loss 16–12 Germaine de Randamie Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Loss 16–11 Miesha Tate Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman August 18, 2012 3 3:28 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 16–10 Alexis Davis Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson July 30, 2011 3 5:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 16–9 Kaitlin Young Decision (unanimous) Jackson's MMA Series 4 April 9, 2011 5 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Won Jackson's MMA Series Women's Bantamweight Championship
Win 15–9 Sarah D'Alelio Decision (unanimous) Jackson's MMA Series 3 December 18, 2010 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 14–9 Kaitlin Young Decision (split) Ultimate Women Challenge September 24, 2010 3 3:00 St. George, Utah, United States
Win 14–8 Malissa Sherwood Decision (unanimous) Jackson's MMA Series 1 June 5, 2010 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 13–8 Katrina Alendal Decision (unanimous) Cage Life: Ultimate Freedom Throwdown July 4, 2009 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 12–8 Sarah Schneider Submission (rear-naked choke) Duke City MMA Series 1 March 14, 2009 1 2:01 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 12–7 Angela Hayes Submission (armbar) Battlequest 8 April 11, 2008 1 4:26 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 11–7 Tonya Evinger Submission (rear-naked choke) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series January 25, 2008 1 1:43 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–6 Jan Finney TKO (punches) HOOKnSHOOT: MW Tournament September 29, 2007 2 2:44 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 10–6 Kelly Kobold Decision (unanimous) BodogFight: Vancouver August 24, 2007 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 9–6 Julia Berezikova TKO (punches) BodogFight: Clash of the Nations April 14, 2007 2 2:49 St. Petersburg, Russia
Loss 8–6 Gina Carano Decision (unanimous) EliteXC: Destiny February 10, 2007 3 3:00 Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Loss 8–5 Amanda Buckner Submission (guillotine choke) BodogFight: St. Petersburg December 16, 2006 1 2:21 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 8–4 Molly Helsel Decision (majority) HOOKnSHOOT: The Women Return November 18, 2006 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 7–4 Jan Finney Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Meltdown October 7, 2006 2 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Loss 6–4 Tara LaRosa Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Cage Wars July 8, 2006 3 5:00 Chelan, Washington, United States
Win 6–3 Amanda Duvall TKO (punches) Cage Rage Indiana May 6, 2006 1 0:18 Indiana, United States
Win 5–3 Sasha Mrvic Decision (unanimous) Combat Do Fighting Challenge 7 April 22, 2006 3 5:00 Cicero, Illinois, United States
Loss 4–3 Shayna Baszler Submission (armbar) Freestyle Combat Challenge 22 March 18, 2006 1 N/A Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Win 4–2 Molly Helsel Decision (split) HOOKnSHOOT: 2005 Women's Grand Prix November 19, 2005 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States Won 2005 HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix
Win 3–2 Jan Finney Decision (unanimous) HOOKnSHOOT: 2005 Women's Grand Prix November 19, 2005 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 2–2 Missy Karr Submission (keylock) HOOKnSHOOT: 2005 Women's Grand Prix November 19, 2005 1 N/A Evansville, Indiana, United States
Loss 1–2 Jen Case Submission (triangle choke) HOOKnSHOOT: Arnold Classic March 4, 2005 2 2:11 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 1–1 Jen Case Submission (armbar) HOOKnSHOOT: Evolution November 6, 2004 1 2:51 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0 Terry Blair Submission (armbar) HOOKnSHOOT: Live March 27, 2004 2 2:13 Evansville, Indiana, United States

HOOKnSHOOT - 2005 Women's Grand Prix BracketEdit

This tournament was held on November 19, 2005.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  Molly Helsel SUB
  Kellyn Huehn 1
  Molly Helsel SUB
  Lisa Ellis 1
  Lisa Ellis SUB
  Kellyn Huehn 1
  Molly Helsel 3
  Julie Kedzie DEC
  Jan Finney KO
  Mystee Blackwood 1
  Jan Finney 3
  Julie Kedzie DEC
  Missy Karr 1
  Julie Kedzie SUB


  • 2005 HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix Champion
  • Extreme Grappling Open Champion
  • World Kickboxing Association National Champion
  • Jackson's MMA Series Women's Bantamweight Champion (2011)
  • BJPenn.com

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Jackson Fight Team". Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  3. ^ "Fight Finder Profile". Sherdog. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ "Monroe County Martial Arts Bloomington, Indiana M.C.M.A. Black Belts". monroecountymartialarts.com. 2009-09-06. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
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