Two ferocious females will feature in the women’s bantamweight division to kick off the UFC on FOX: “Johnson vs. Moraga” FX Preliminary card on July 27, 2013. Strikeforce imports Julie “Fireball” Kedzie and Germaine de Randamie will both be making their debuts on Saturday.
Kedzie (16-11) doesn’t have an outstanding record at all, but has been competing in mixed martial arts for almost 10 years. That’s about twice the amount of experience than her opponent on Saturday.
Training under the watchful eye of Greg Jackson, she has some elite trainers and fighters to work alongside. Coming off three losses in a row, Kedzie is looking to start from scratch in the UFC. Though her last fight was a third round submission loss to future women’s bantamweight title challenger, Meisha Tate, the Fireball was throwing heat for the first two rounds before the former Strikeforce champ rallied back to secure the submission.
Her strong suit is her Taekwondo and Muay Thai, also showing to be savvy with submissions on the ground, yet she has only scored six finishes out in sixteen of her wins.
The 32-year old Kedzie has had a more active career than the other women in the UFC. But for the ruthless female bantamweight, this is the most inactive she has been in her career having only one fight in 2012 and her upcoming bout on Fox being her first fight in 2013. Not much more can be said about her opponent on Saturday, who also only had one fight in 2012 and has had an inactive 2013 thus far. Kedzie is usually more active than that, when you think she’s fought seven times in on year before, which is more experience than some men in the UFC have on their whole record, it is likely that Kedzie will aim for the early finish and avoid the later rounds with Randamie.
How does she do it?
Well, Kedzie has an aggressive stand-up attack and enough offensive and defensive ground skills to hold her own against the Dutch striker. If she gets the fight to the ground and keeps it there, there’s high chance she can reel in her fourth submission victory to compliment her black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Ranked at number eight in the UFC’s power rankings, Kedzie is coming off two back-to-back losses to Meisha Tate and Alexis Davis. Though she showed a ton of toughness against Tate and managed to bust up the former champ before she was trapped in an armlock that forced the tapout.
Another loss can certainly fizzle the flame of the Fireball, leaving her with three-straight defeats.
Two Strikeforce imports on a collision course to find some traction in the fifth all-women affair that the UFC has put on since developing the lady’s division.
Should be a treat.