Kedzie’s long wait continues, as she loses to UFC newcomer Correia

Julie Kedzie’s long wait for a UFC victory will have to

wait. For the second time, the veteran fought a close fight but

walked away with a split-decision, as she fell to newcomer Bethe

Correia at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot.

The judges scored the main card opener 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.

The swing round was likely the first, which was competitive

throughout, with Kedzie fighting from distance with kicks and

Correia content to counter and occasionally force the clinch.

Correia had arguably the round’s hardest shot with a straight

right, but Kedzie’s volume made the round close.

Kedzie attempted to keep Correia at the end of her jab in the

second, but the Brazilian began to force her way inside more and

occasionally landed strikes from in tight. If there was a deciding

factor in the round, it probably would be Kedzie’s activity

level, leaving few quiet moments.

Correia had some of her best moments in the third when she

landed a thudding left hook, and later, a sharp right. She

continued to press forward and eventually scored a takedown just

prior to the mid-point of the round. Correia couldn’t do much

with the position, however, and Kedzie eventually reversed and then

pulled free, getting back to her feet. Correia landed another big

left in the final minute as Kedzie’s pace slowed.

As the final horn sounded, Correia celebrated on her

cornerman’s shoulders even though the decision was hardly a

sure thing. Overall, according to FightMetric, Kedzie landed 72

strikes to Correia’s 61.

After a successful octagon debut, Correia is now 7-0.

For Kedzie, it was her fourth straight loss, and she’s now

16-13.