INVICTA FC NAMES WOMENâ€™S MMA PIONEER JULIE KEDZIE NEW MATCHMAKER
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2013) â€“ Invicta Fighting Championships has appointed recently retired womenâ€™s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar Julie Kedzie as the new matchmaker for the womenâ€™s world championship MMA promotion, it was announced today on an all-new edition of â€œThe MMA Hourâ€ web TV program by award-winning host Ariel Helwani
Kedzie will simultaneously continue to serve as color commentator for Invicta FC television broadcasts, a role that she has played for the promotion since the inaugural Invicta FC live event in April 2012.
â€œI 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 womenâ€™s competition in our great sport,â€ said Kedzie, a protÃ©gÃ© of MMA guru Greg Jackson who retired from competition earlier this month following her 29th professional career bout at UFC Fight Night 33.
â€œ(Invicta FC President) Shannon Knapp has done an unbelievable job at pushing the envelope and helping transform womenâ€™s MMA into an aggressively expanding enterprise,â€ continued Kedzie, â€œa development that will undoubtedly lead to increased participation in the sport by young women athletes who want to challenge themselves in the worldâ€™s fastest growing sport.â€
â€œWe are thrilled to expand Julieâ€™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,â€ said Knapp. â€œThere 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.â€
Invicta FC rolled out its final live event of the year on Dec. 7, an explosive, live Pay-Per-View televised world championship doubleheader that saw Barb â€œLilâ€™ Warriorâ€ Honchak (9-2) successfully defend her strawweight (125 pounds) title against Leslie â€œThe Peacemakerâ€ Smith (6-4-1) in the main event that was also named â€œFight of the Night.â€
In the eight-bout cardâ€™s co-main event, Lauren Murphy (8-0) extended her perfect record and retained her bantamweight (135 pounds), defeating Miriam â€œThe Queen of Meanâ€ Nakamoto (2-1) by way of TKO (knee injury) in the fourth round (:23).
About Invicta Fighting Championships:
Invicta Fighting Championships (www.invictafc.com) is a world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp and sports aficionado Janet Martin, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of womenâ€™s MMA by promoting the best possible matchups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport.