Well, it didn’t take Julie Kedzie (pictured) long to find something to do with her spare time. Just nine days after announcing her retirement from mixed martial arts, Kedzie has agreed to become the matchmaker for Invicta FC.
“We are thrilled to expand Julie’s role in the Invicta FC organization and have one of the pioneers of our sport assume the pivotal role of matchmaker under her wing,” said Invicta president Shannon Knapp. “There is no one more qualified than someone like Julie, who has lived and breathed MMA for the last 10 years, to take on the responsibility of nurturing our athletes, building our roster and creating the most exciting matchups possible for our live event series.”
If anyone knows about women’s fighting, it Kedzie. She is revered as a true pioneer in the WMMA world. “Fireball” began her professional career in 2004, long before anyone in the sport had ever heard of UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Kedzie unceremoniously hung up her MMA gloves via Twitter following this month’s split decision defeat to Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 33.
The 32-year-old had a 16-13 professional record, which she accumulated while competing for Strikeforce, EliteXC, Bodog Fight to name a few.