Julie Kedzie

American mixed martial artist

Julie Kedzie
American mixed martial artist Source:

An American mixed martial artist named Julie Kedzie is now retired. She is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert and a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Early Life

Pisces was Julie Kedzie’s horoscope sign when she was born on March 18, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. She is also the second child of her parents, Dan Kedzie and Kathleen Burke.

Julie has known and observed the fighting arena from her earliest childhood years. Since she was only five years old, her father regularly enrolled her in Tae Kwon Do classes with her older sister, Jenny Kedzie.

Julie initially had no interest in sports, but as time passed, she developed a passion for it, with Muay Thai kickboxing quickly emerging as her favorite. Julie was raised in California until she was twelve years old, after which her family relocated to Bloomington, Indiana.

Fun fact: Her mother experienced a sudden shift in their family. Her mother was at Indiana University at the time working toward a doctorate in neurobiology.

In addition to her athletic career, Julie enrolled in Indiana University as she grew older. Well, she indulged herself during the English literature bachelor’s program. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa by the year 2019.

Professional Career

Julie Kedzie and her sister joined Monroe County Martial Arts after moving to Bloomington, Indiana. Steve and Linda Scott served as their mentors at that time. They started learning about jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, knife fighting, and other things together.

The UFC fights were first seen at a party when she was a junior in high school. She recalled that it was almost exclusively male and described it as dull. After that, one of her friends handed her a DVD of women fighters.

She, therefore, followed her friend to California for training before receiving her degree.

Later, she intended to put her studies on hold in order to excel at combat. Her mother, however, pushed her to complete her diploma.

She participated in the fight training throughout her time in college, but she didn’t start taking it seriously until the end of the semester.

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Retired UFC fighter Julie Kedzie becomes a matchmaker for InvictaFC Source: Google


When Julie Kedzie first signed up for the Strikeforce, Amanda Nunes was supposed to be her opponent. Due to Nunes’ injury, the fight that was scheduled to take place on June 18, 2011, in Dallas, Texas, had to be postponed.

On July 30, 2011, a match against Alexis Davis served as Julie’s Strikeforce debut. She suffered a unanimous decision loss at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Julie was scheduled to compete once more for the Strikeforce Challengers 19 card in September of that same year. Her injury forced her to, unfortunately, withdraw from the match, and she didn’t compete again until almost a year later.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

Julie Kedzie debuted in the UFC on July 27, 2013, when she defeated Germaine de Randamie at UFC on Fox 8. She must have had a disappointing debut because she was defeated by a split decision.

Following that, Julie competed in UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot in December 2013 against Bethe Correia. After she made her retirement announcement on Twitter, this became her final game in the ring.

Julie’s news of her retirement was equally saddening, but she also lost the game that day in Brisbane, Australia.

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Following her contest with Bethe, Julie immediately took to Twitter to declare her retirement from fighting. She did, however, mention in her message to the fans that she had discussed making it her final match with her coach.

“I really truly want to thank all of you for being a part of my journey as a fighter. I will still be involved in MMA for the rest of my life. But now it’s time for me to accept that I can give more to the sport by stepping back and taking a role in helping to develop other fighters.”

Net Worth & Salary

Sadly, Julie Kedzie hasn’t provided much information about her earnings and income. She is thought to currently have a net worth of about $1 million.

Additionally, her property and the brand partnerships she has worked on are not fully disclosed.

Body Measurements

Julie Kedzie is a combatant with a physically fit athletic build. Fun fact: When she first entered the ring, she didn’t have access to a diet coach, so she learned through online forums.

Whatever the case, Julie is a perfect 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 meters) tall and weighs 135 lb (61 kg)

Relationship| Personal Life

Julie Kedzie has always kept her relationships and extramarital affairs a secret. She hasn’t even gotten involved in any scandals or relationship rumors of any kind.

She is also currently single, and if any news about her personal life surfaces, we will make sure to cover it as soon as possible. Kedzie, on the other hand, loves animals and keeps several dogs and cats as pets.

Social Media

Instagram: 12.4k followers

Twitter: 45k followers


What are the MMA career stats for Julie Kedzie?

Kedzie has a 64.5-inch reach (1.64 meters). Julie Kedzie had competed in 29 fights during her almost ten years on the mat. She had 113 losses and 16 victories among them.

What does the moniker “Fireball” give to Julie Kedzie mean?

Greg Jackson had dubbed Julie Kedzie “Fireball,” after all. As she stated, Julie’s name was given to her because of her temper rather than her fighting prowess.

Quick Facts

Full Name Julie Kedzie
Date of Birth March 18, 1981
Birth Place Chicago, Illinois, United States
Nick Name Fireball
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Zodiac Sign  Pisces
Age 41 Years Old
Height 5’5″ (1.65 meters)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg)
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Grey
Build Athletic
Father’s Name Dan Kedzie
Mother’s Name Kathleen Burke
Siblings An older sister, Jennifer (Jenny) Raff
Education Indiana University
University of Iowa
Marital Status Unmarried
Spouse None
Kids None
Profession Retired Martial Arts Artist
Style Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting Out Of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Affiliations Jackson’s Submission Fighting
Active Years 2004–2013
Net Worth Around $1 million
Social Media InstagramTwitter

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