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UFC vet and WMMA pioneer Julie Kedzie hangs up the gloves at age 32

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According to a Dec. 7 report from Sherdog, WMMA pioneer Julie Kedzie has decided to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts at the age of 32.

Kedzie, a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, made the announcement from her official Twitter page following her split-decision defeat to Brazilian superstar Bethe Correia on Dec. 6 at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia.

“Before walking out to my fight today, I had a long talk with my coach and we decided that this would be my last MMA fight,” Kedzie wrote from her official Twitter page. “I would have loved to have gone out on a win, but c'est la vie; don't leave it to the judges. Heartbreak is a huge part of this sport.

“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,” Kedzie wrote. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the UFC, my team and all of you who have made me achieve some amazing dreams. Now it's time for me to accept that I can give more to the sport by stepping back and taking role in helping to develop other fighters.”

Kedzie, who trains with Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wrapped up her MMA career with four-straight losses, but she did better than her recent record would indicate.

Three of her past four losses came by way of judge's decision, and two of them were fairly controversial. Many fight fans thought she had done enough to defeat Germaine de Randamie on July 27, and even more believed she should have earned the decision win over Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 33.

A 10-year MMA veteran, Kedzie walks away from the sport with an overall record of 16-13, including notable victories over Kaitlin Young, Sarah D'Alelio and Kelly Kobold.

"Fireball" recently served as a commentator for Invicta FC, so perhaps she'll get more involved with MMA media work now that she is done fighting.

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