According to a July 25 post from Sports Illustrated, Julie Kedzie truly believes she’ll be a UFC champion someday.
“Now, I’m going to win the belt. I just know it. I’m never confident,” Kedzie said. “I’m terrified every time I spar. But I know I am going to be UFC champion of the world someday. People will say, ‘Oh, you’re looking past so and so.’ I’m not looking past anybody. July 28 — the day after my fight with Germaine — doesn’t exist for me. It’s all just July 27 for me. I just know I’m going to be the champion.
“Looking back, my journey in MMA has been me tripping every two feet but I wouldn’t trade places with Ronda Rousey. I wouldn’t trade places with Miesha Tate or any of these people who are the famous ones. I like tripping over my own feet. It’s made me happy and it’s made it more worth it. You can look at the way someone else achieved it, but it’s not their way, it’s your way. It’s your own journey. And mine, on Saturday, will take me down a road that is both new and familiar. We might even take Washington’s 405 highway to get to the show.”
Kedzie is soaking it all in, while finding joy in the journey. She may not have confidence all the time, but it should make her feel better to know that Jessica Philippus’ cat, Jules Catzie, thinks she will reign supreme at UFC on FOX 8.
Catzie was asked to meow once if she thought Germaine de Randamie (3-2-0) would earn the victory at Seattle’s KeyArena, and to pur twice if she believed Kedzie would win.
It came as no surprise to fight fans that Catzie gave two meows to show her support for Kedzie.
In early-July, Invicta FC star Jessica Philippus named her new kitty in honor of Kedzie. Since then, the cat, aptly named Jules Catzie, has been a bit of a good luck charm.
Kedzie and company will be hoping that Mrs. Catzie will bring her some extra good fortune when she takes on Randamie on the preliminary card of UFC on FOX 8.
Kedzie knows a thing or two about MMA “purr-fection,” but Philippus’ outside-the-cage tribute was “pawsitively” adorable.
“@paliontology @julesk_fighter two girl cats from what I can tell. And this one is officially crowned Jules Catzie Hehe thx! 1 down, 1 to go!” Philippus tweeted.
For Philippus, the name was absolutely “purr-fect.” Kedzie, 32, is one of the top bantamweights in the world, having won four of her last seven and 16 of 27 overall.
Always classy and honorable, Kedzie took to Twitter to thank Philippus for the kind gesture. Kedzie didn’t believe that “Jules Catzie” was actually the cat’s real name, but Philippus assured “Fireball” that she was not just “kitten around.”