After what seems like an indescribable amount of time, the wait will finally be over, and I will get to see Julie Kedzie fight inside the octagon. I've been a fan of Kedzie's for several years, and will never forget her battle with Gina Carano in the first mainstream televised women's bout. Kedzie's exciting style always lends itself to fights that keep fans on the edge of their seats, and this weekend's scheduled meet-up with Germaine de Randamie will more than likely keep that trend alive.
I recently interviewed Julie and got her thoughts on her upcoming debut, and what it means to her to have finally made it to the big show. Here's what she had to say:
This camp I had to cut a little more weight. I normally only walk around about 12 pounds over my fighting weight, but because of my injury, I had put on a little extra weight and gotten a little thicker. I'm already within my target range though, so it shouldn't be a problem for me at all.
Germaine de Randamie
There are certain aspects of Germaine's style that have adapted very well for MMA. Of course she's at one of the very best camps in the world, AKA. I'm assuming that she'll be the most well rounded girl, and will fight with the ferocity of Cyborg and the technical precision of Ronda. That said, I'm still going to beat her.
I kind of prepared for a different fighter than what we've seen of her, because as much as she's dedicated to her style, I don't think she's one dimensional, and I've trained for a complete fighter, that just happens to shine at kickboxing.
She might try to flying triangle me, I don't know [laughs]. I just know that I want to be Julie Kedzie in this fight. I want to be the same Julie from my last fight, where every round just became more and more fun to me. I just plan on being better and winning.
I'm 32 years old. I don't have that many years left. I need to be fighting consistently. I need to be getting as many fights as I can, and winning them. I need to be cementing my legacy. I'm Jones'ing to get out there and hit someone in the face. I want to show everyone what I'm made of. I'm lucky enough to be doing this in the UFC, and I think that's pretty cool.
Appreciation of Life & Career
Having a mastery over all aspects of my life is something that I've been working towards achieving. You have to be able to master and control the things in your life that make you happier and help you to be a better person. Believe it or not, sometimes I can be very negative, and very angry and frustrated with myself.
Managing expectations and disappointment better helps a lot. I hate to say it, but losing big fights the way I have in the past, I think they make me better prepared for big wins. I don't think I'm a completely humble person. I know I have a lot of ego, but I also know that I'll never take anything for granted in this sport. I've been through so many pitfalls, that everything has great meaning to me.
I know what it's like to be at the lowest of the low. Now, I'm ready to be at the highest of the high. I'm ready to take the belt. I've put my time in. I don't think that I necessarily deserve anything, but I do think that I've earned a lot. I'm excited about everything in my life right now. I don't take a single second for granted.
You can follow Julie via her Twitter account, @JulesK_Fighter