The UFC plans to build the female bantamweight division to around 15 fighters, and Julie Kedzie is one of the latest additions. The first-ever female fight went down Saturday night at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche, as Ronda Rousey submitted Liz Carmouche to defend the title.
Kedzie (16-11) is a veteran of the sport and trains with Greg Jackson in New Mexico. She fought Miesha Tate last August, falling via third round armbar.
“Thank (you) guys (for) the congrats! (Strikeforce) contract carried over (to) UFC, but I wasn’t 100% sure till this weekend. I’ll be medically able to fight by June,” Kedzie posted on Twitter Sunday. “(Nine) years ago, I was working 3 jobs & getting paid $150 to fight, with the dream of the UFC, wiped away tears when the women walked out (Saturday) night.”
A second women’s fight has been signed for later this year between Tate and Cat Zingano, and the winner is expected to receive the next shot at Rousey.