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