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Julie Kedzie shows veteran poise during odd staredown with Bethe Correia

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According to a Dec. 6 post from MMA Junkie, Julie Kedzie (16-12 MMA, 0-1 UFC) showed veteran poise during her UFC Fight Night 33 weigh-in staredown with Bethe Correia.

Correia tried to make Kedzie flinch by getting up in her face, but instead "Fireball" put her hands to her mouth in mock surprise.

“She seemed really excited and mad,” Kedzie said of her UFC Fight Night 33 opponent. “Good for her. I’ve never had somebody try to fight me (at weigh-ins). I thought it was done. So I was like, ‘Alright, you’re still here? Ooh, OK. You’re scary. It’s what, my 30th fight? Let’s settle down. It’s tomorrow.’

“Sorry. I don’t mean to be disrespectful. I’m just kind of like, ‘It’s tomorrow.’”

Kedzie fights Correia (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the main card of the FOX Sports 1-televised UFC Fight Night 33 event at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

Kedzie, a 10-year MMA veteran, is likely to be the heavy favorite, but Correia isn't phased to go up against a grizzled combatant.

“I’m very happy to face someone who’s already faced top competition,” Correia said of her UFC Fight Night 33 bout against Kedzie. “For me, it’s a pleasure. I always enjoy good fights, and Julie is an athlete with great potential. All her fights are good ones. I like to face someone who also enjoys fighting. I’m very happy to face her and I think it will be a great fight. I can hardly wait. I feel everyone will enjoy watching us.”

Correia says she's here to stay in MMA, and a victory over Kedzie would prove that she's legit.

“(It) was great for my career,” Correia said of getting the call to compete in the UFC. “It’s the greatest organization in Latin America, with worldwide recognition, and I had a victory against a solid opponent. Plus, Erica is a jiu-jitsu black belt, a former champion, and I was able to nullify her game. That fight proved that I’m not playing around. I’m here to stay in MMA.”


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