That's a wrap.
After nearly 10 years in the fight game, female bantamweight pioneer Julie Kedzie has retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) following her loss to Bethe Correia at last night's (Dec. 6, 2013) UFC Fight Night 33 event, which took place on FOX Sports 1 from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland, Australia (results).
"Fireball" explains her decision (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. 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. 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."
The loss "down under" marked her fourth straight.
Kedzie (16-13) made her transition to the Octagon after a brief run in Strikeforce. The 32 year-old EliteXC veteran -- once ranked among the 10 best 135-pound fighters in the world -- has fought a who's-who of competition, including Gina Carano, Miesha Tate and Alexis Davis.
There was even a point in her life when she fought bulimia.
With all that (and then some) in her rear-view mirror, the Greg Jackson disciple can finally give back to MMA through coaching or other fight-related endeavors, now that more and more women are slowly but surely creeping into the ranks of UFC.
Thanks for the memories.