When the UFC announced in 2012 that they would introduce female fighters into the mix, Julie Kedzie was far from surprised. She knew the minute the UFC’s parent company Zuffa purchased Strikeforce that females were headed inside the Octagon.
“The moment was when Zuffa acquired Strikeforce,” said Kedzie to MMA Mania. “When that happened, I was like, ‘We’re in. We’re in.’ Everyone wanted to see those fights. I knew we would get in at some point. That Strikeforce acquisition was it.”
Kedzie was one of the 10 bantamweights the UFC absorbed into their roster. She’s 16-11 and comes off a pair of losses for Strikeforce, with the latest being a submission from Miesha Tate.
Also making her UFC debut is the 3-2 Germaine de Randamie. She spent the last two years for Strikeforce.
They’re on the prelims of UFC on FOX 8 and will open the FX portion. It’s on July 27 from the KeyArena in Seattle, WA.