Kedzie, de Randamie in UFC on FOX 8

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A.J. Perez

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A bout between Germaine de Randamie and Julie Kedzie was added to the UFC on FOX 8 on July 27, the UFC informed FOXSports.com on Wednesday.

The fight at KeyArena in Seattle will mark the UFC debut for both fighters.

“She’s one of my Muay Thai heroes,” Kedzie told FOXSports.com. “I looked up to her when I first started fighting. It’s an honor to fight her.”

The announcement of the fight coincides with Kedzie getting medically cleared Wednesday. Kedzie (16-10) tore the labrum in her left shoulder in her last fight, a bout she lost to Miesha Tate by submission (arm bar) at a Strikeforce event last August.

Kedzie said the first thing she did when the doctor gave her the OK was head to Jackson’s MMA, the famous Albuquerque gym, to resume Jiu Jitsu training.

“Everything is fine,” said Kedzie, who was originally scheduled to fight de Randamie (3-2) in Strikeforce before Kedzie injured her knee and the fight was postponed. "It’s probably stronger than it used to be."

De Randamie, a Dutch fighter, has a 3-2 record as a pro. Her last fight was a decision over Hiroko Yamanaka at the same Strikeforce event.

UFC on FOX 8 will also feature:

Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald

Robbie Lawler vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Mac Danzig vs. Melvin Guillard

Danny Castillo vs. Bobby Green

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