The saying is trite, but as one door closed for Julie Kedzie, another really did open.
INVICTA FC president Shannon Knapp has announced that Julie Kedzie will be the head matchmaker for the all-women’s promotion, following the release of Janet Martin from the position.
Knapp was, quite appropriately, effusive about the hire.
“We are thrilled to expand Julie’s role in the Invicta FC organization and have one of the pioneers of our sport assume the pivotal role of matchmaker under her wing,” said Knapp. “There is no one more qualified than someone like Julie, who has lived and breathed MMA for the last 10 years, to take on the responsibility of nurturing our athletes, building our roster and creating the most exciting matchups possible for our live event series.”
Kedzie, who will also continue serving as a color commentator for Invicta’s live events, as well as assitant to Greg Jackson, detailed her goals in an interview with BloodyElbow's Step Daniels, noting that Invicta 8 could be in Feb or March, and that the door closed by retirement could maybe possibly potentially one last time.
"I knew that Shannon wanted bigger things for me, a stronger presence within the company," said Daniels. "I mentioned to my manager that I was interested, and she got right into contact with me. Yesterday, we were on the phone for two hours and she said, 'You're it, you're hired.' She's giving this old, broken fighter a new career, and it's awesome."
"Strawweight is pretty much vacated at the moment, and there's talk of adding a 155 pound division, so it's going to be fun to find and develop new talent. From what I understand, there's quite a few women trying to get in to fill the strawweight vacancy already, so I'm pretty sure we'll be in a position to groom a strawweight title fight in this next year.
At the moment, my decision to retire is permanent, and it feels like the right decision for me. If I have an itch a year from now or two years from now, like 'Oh, I've got to get back in there and fight', I'm not going to deny myself that, but I really don't have any desire to fight anymore. It's pretty much permanent, however, it was 29 fights in my career, so if I decide that it has to be 30, you know...
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