Technically, the "retirement" of Julie Kedzie lasted less than a 30 days.
"Fireball" announced her decision to "hang em' up" and retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) after a split decision loss to Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 33 earlier this month. Today, during an episode of "The MMA Hour," the 32-year-old announced that she had assumed the role of match maker at Invicta FC.
It's a role Kedzie will balance with continuing to serve as color commentator for the promotion's television broadcasts, a spot that she has held for the female fighter-focused company since the its inaugural live event in April 2012.
"I am excited about this incredible new opportunity that will allow me to remain as active and hands on as ever in contributing to the growth of women’s competition in our great sport, Shannon Knapp has done an unbelievable job at pushing the envelope and helping transform women’s MMA into an aggressively expanding enterprise, a development that will undoubtedly lead to increased participation in the sport by young women athletes who want to challenge themselves in the world’s fastest growing sport."
The announcement comes on the heels of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) absorbing the contracts of 11 of the company's fighters to create a Strawweight division of its own (read full details here).
One can safely assume Kedzie will play a pivotal role in future Invicta talent making the jump to UFC.