31-year-old Indiana native Julie Kedzie, 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.”
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