ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Moonlighting as a member of the MMA media has treated Julie Kedzie well during her year-long absence from the cage.

While Kedzie hasn’t competed since a July 2011 decision loss to Alexis Davis -- a proposed September bout against Germaine de Randamie fell through when Kedzie suffered a knee injury -- she has stayed busy serving as an analyst for Invicta Fighting Championships. In fact, she might have found a second calling once her MMA career reaches its end.

“I absolutely love that side of things. I didn’t know that I would love it as much as I love it, but it’s fun,” Kedzie tells Sherdog.com. “The production is just amazing. It’s beautiful. It’s like going to one of the big shows. I really enjoy commentating; I really enjoy analyzing. I like knowing what’s going on and being able to say, ‘This is happening.’ If I can help bridge that gap for people who don’t necessarily know everything about what’s happening -- I’d like to make MMA accessible.”

Kedzie’s immediate future includes a date with former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate on Saturday night at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The matchup will serve as the featured preliminary bout on Showtime Extreme and is one of three women’s bouts on the Strikeforce “Rousey vs. Kaufman” lineup.

The 31-year-old Indiana native, who squared off with Gina Carano in the first female MMA bout to be televised on Showtime, is encouraged by the growth of the women’s sport. According to Kedzie, things can only get better.

“I think women will be in the UFC within the next five years,” she said. “Even if it’s just super-fights or whatever, I think it will happen.”

In the meantime, Kedzie believes Invicta will continue to thrive as it provides a much-needed platform for many fighters who haven’t yet had the opportunity to showcase their skills on a larger stage. So far, the organization has held two all-female events in Kansas City, Kan.: an 11-bout card in April and a 14-bout offering last month. The next card is expected to take place Oct. 6.

“I think Invicta is here to stay. I don’t see [promotion president Shannon Knapp] selling to a bigger show or doing anything like that,” Kedzie said. “I think they should just keep going the direction they’re going. And if they get a TV deal that allows them to work within the boundaries of what they want, they should hop on it. Right now, it’s what’s always needed to happen in women’s MMA -- women supporting women.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Ronda Rousey heads to Albany to push for legalization of MMA in New York

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC women's bantamweight champion will visit Albany this week and speak with Governor Andrew Cuomo and members of the State Assembly to push for MMA becoming legal in the Empire State. Ronda Rous read news >>

Ronda Rousey's latest fight is for the legalization of MMA in New York

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

It looks like the UFC and MMA are finally on the verge of success in the state of New York, and Zuffa is sending one of their biggest stars to try and move the agenda along. The failure of MMA to bec read news >>

Is New York finally about to legalize MMA, paving way for UFC at the Garden?

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

Could the state of New York finally be read to legalize MMA? After years of fighting, the end of the ban could come soon.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Bellator 135 preview: Ryan Couture, son of a UFC legend, looks to make his own name in MMA

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

Former Strikeforce and UFC fighter Ryan Couture is currently working his way up Bellator's lightweight rankings after a successful debut last September. The next challenge ahead is Dakota Cochrane on read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62 Medical Suspensions: Ryan LaFlare Could Be out 6 Months

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

At UFC Fight Night 62, Ryan LaFlare suffered his first MMA loss in a bout with Demian Maia. Following the event, LaFlare received more bad news. Apparently, the up-and-coming welterweight contender i read news >>

Kurt Angle on Why He Chose Not to Be an MMA Fighter, Despite Offers from the UFC

  • 28 days ago
  • 76 views

For years, Kurt Angle teased the notion of attempting to see how far his wrestling prowess could take him in mixed martial arts. But the thought never materialized on account of the fact that the for read news >>

Morning Report: Ronda Rousey promotes safety and empowerment lobbying for MMA in New York

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

In Albany lobbying to make MMA legal in New York state, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is doing her best to make it to Madison Square Garden. Bills to legalize MMA in the last remaini read news >>

The MMA Hour - 274 - Rose Namajunas

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Rose Namajunas discusses getting back on track and her UFC 187 fight against Nina Ansaroff. read news >>

The MMA Hour - 274 - Rich Franklin

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC legend Rich Franklin stops by to update us on the latest going on his life. read news >>