Julie Kedzie vs. Germaine de Randamie
Our first of two female bouts takes center stage, as Julie Kedzie (16-11) tries to snap out of a two-fight losing skid vs. Germaine de Randamie (3-2). Both fighters are making their Octagon debuts. The referee will be Randy Corley.
Round 1: Randamie in her typical Muay Thai stance, and Kedzie catches her with a quick left that drops her for a brief moment. Clinch now in progress along the cage, which could be to the advantage of Randamie. Series of heavy knees landing to the body of Kedzie, who is trying to take this to the ground to no avail. Randamie continues to work the body with knees and strikes, but not enough, as the ref breaks them apart.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Randamie
Round 2: Randamie continuing to use her reach to keep Kedzie at bay, while also allowing her to land at will. Kedzie powers through for a single-leg takedown, scoring and looking to better her position. Kedzie holds Randamie down for the remainder of the round, but didn’t really do much damage. Weird that the ref never even mentioned a stand-up there.
FightlIne scores the round 10-9 for Kedzie
Round 3: Randamie has the clinch tight against the fence, looking to punish Kedzie with more knees to the body. Much like the second round, not a whole lot of action out of these two. It feels like both are concerned more with the other fighter than just working their offense. Kedzie, though, has done a better job of mixing her strikes and trying to push the tempo. Kick to the body by Kedzie lands, as Randamie has no answer. Kedzie with a takedown with less than a minute to go.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kedzie
Germaine de Randamie def. Julie Kedzie via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)