Women’s mixed martial arts pioneer Julie Kedzie has decided to call it a career. After Saturday’s split decision defeat to Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 33, Kedzie unceremoniously announced her retirement from MMA 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,” Kedzie tweeted. “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.”
Kedzie leaves the game on a four-fight skid, with her last two losses coming under the UFC’s watch. “Fireball” hangs up her MMA gloves with a 16-13 professional record, which she accumulated while competing for Strikeforce, EliteXC, Bodog Fight to name a few.
“I really truly want to thank all of you for being a part of my journey as a fighter,” Kedzie continued. “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.”