According to a July 22 post from MMA Mania, Julie Kedzie says she’ll be making more money from her upcoming UFC on FOX 8 tilt than she ever has from competing inside the cage.
Kedzie, 32, makes her UFC debut this Saturday night, July 27, on the UFC on Fox 8 prelims, and she says it’ll be nice to have a little extra cash in her pocket at the conclusion of the event.
“Yeah, it’s fantastic. What really comes with the UFC paycheck is the potential to do so much more with it,” Kedzie said. “I will be making more this fight than I’ve ever made in my life in a fight and I’ve had 27 professional fights so I’m very happy. There’s also the potential for a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus or something to that degree and there’s potential for sponsors to take a look at you and go, ‘Oh wow! That chick’s pretty good. I’d like her to rep my brand.’ All in all, it’s really great. The potential for my fighting career to be financially viable, I’m excited for that. I want to be on my own two feet. It’d be great to not have student loans anymore or that sort of thing. I’m 32, I’d love to buy a house someday and create kind of a future for myself and this is a huge opportunity to do that.
“Anything that comes with this fight is fantastic. I always want to have an exciting fight whether 300 people are watching or 300,000. Money doesn’t really put pressure on me. I have a lot of faith in my ability to succeed without money in this sport as I’ve been doing that for so long already. Extra money is going to be nice. It’ll be great. There’s some potential for some really great things to happen here but I’m not expecting them all to happen for me on the 27th. I’m not expecting to walk away from that fight as a millionaire. It’d be great, but I’m realistic.”
Kedzie fights Germaine de Randamie at UFC on Fox 8, in a tilt expected to air on FX.
She says she’s not exactly sure what to expect come fight night, but that’s what makes it fun for her.
“It’s a mystery, isn’t it? I don’t know if I see her going to the ground,” Kedzie said of her UFC on Fox 8 opponent. “She fought Julia Budd but that was so long ago, it’s a mystery. Hell, she could be throwing flying armbars now. I’m facing potentially someone who’s submission skills have just reached an all-time peak. I don’t know until I step into the cage but that makes it fun. There’s no way, you can’t plot out every move of the fight. You can’t plot out every exchange. Even if we go to the ground, I don’t know if I’ll have the upper hand or not. Just like she shouldn’t expect to have an upper hand in the kickboxing despite the fact she’s been doing it for so long. That’s because she’s never kickboxed anybody like me. We’ll see.”