Julie Kedzie, a pioneer in the sport of women’s MMA, announced her retirement Friday night following a loss to Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 33.
Kedzie, a member of Jackson’s MMA out of New Mexico, finishes her career with a record of 16-13, including mark of 0-2 inside the Octagon.
“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,” Kedzie wrote on Twitter. “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,” Kedzie wrote. “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.”
Kedzie, 32 years old, has worked with Invicta FC in the past as an announcer, along with her duties under Greg Jackson at the gym.