ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Moonlighting as a member of the MMA media has
Kedzie well during her year-long absence from the cage.
While Kedzie hasn’t competed since a July 2011 decision loss to
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
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.”