Exclusive Interview With Tapout Sponsored Julie Kedzie Exclusive Interview With Julie Kedzie caught up with Julie Kedzie, recently signed AFL fighter and the first female MMA fighter to be sponsored by the clothing company Tapout.

Julie was featured last week on the current season of the reality show Tapout on Versus. She currently trains with Greg Jackson camp out in Albuquerque. In this interview she discusses the show, training with Team Jackson, and her future with the AFL. Can you tell me a little bit about your martial arts background and how you got started in MMA?

Julie Kedzie: I began training when I was about four years old in Tae Kwan Do and then my family moved to Indiana when I was about twelve. I joined a school called the Joe County Martial Arts, continued my Tae Kwan Do training, and there they offered cross training. By the time I was 18 I kind of discovered Muy Thai and combat submission wresting and Brazilian Ju jitsu. – and I fell in love with them (laughs).

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Tito Ortiz Back In Contract Negotiation’s With The UFC?

The Dalton Daily News has the scoop, after the “record breaking” contract with Affliction failed to materialize, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is apparently in talks with EliteXC, AFL and even the UFC.

“I don’t know if we’re really negotiating, or simply helping Tito stroke his giant ego,” one frustrated company [UFC] representative said Sunday, Aug. 17.

Ortiz left the UFC to try his hand at landing a bigger contract with another promotion.

In recent interviews, Affliction and EliteXC promoters express that Tito is demanding a high dollar amount to fight for their promotions.

Is Tito worth it? Can he bring in the PPV buys that will cover his high price tag, or will the promotion
take a pass on the 33 year old fighter.

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