The 32-year old Kedzie announced the news on Monday during an interview on the MMA Hour. Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp later confirmed the news via Twitter.
— Shannon Knapp (@shanknapp) December 16, 2013
“I am excited about this incredible new opportunity that will allow me to remain as active and hands-on as ever in contributing to the growth of women’s competition in our great sport,” Kedzie said in a statement.
“[Invicta FC President] Shannon Knapp has done an unbelievable job at pushing the envelope and helping transform women’s MMA into an aggressively expanding enterprise, a development that will undoubtedly lead to increased participation in the sport by young women athletes who want to challenge themselves in the world’s fastest growing sport.”
“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 has worked for Invicta FC as a commentator and interviewer in the past, but never competed under the Invicta banner. She’ll transition into her new role immediately while continuing to commentate.
Kedzie made her professional fighting debut in March 2004 and last fought on Dec. 7, losing a split decision to Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 33. Following the loss, Kedzie announced her retirement. She has competed in HOOKnShoot, King of the Cage, BodogFight, EliteXC, Strikeforce and the UFC. Her record stands at 16-13.