In the third bout of UFC on Fox 8, Dutch Muay Thai standout Germaine de Randamie continued her successful switch to MMA with a hard fought split decision victory over longtime American MMA vet Julie Kedzie.
De Randamie put on a clinch clinic in a slow, grueling first round, snaring her opponent around the neck and in an underhook — turning her hips into viscous knees to the head and body. UFC official Randy Corley eventually separated the fighters due to a lack of action, but as the fight continued, Kedzie struggled with the reach disadvantage.
Julie Kedzie finally scored a takedown midway through the second round, but the long, lean limbs of de Randamie were able to keep the veteran at bay.
The third round began similar to the first, with de Randamie controlling most of the action in clinchwork against the cage, but Kedzie had more success finding her range with combinations as the round wore on. A Germaine de Randamie right in the middle of the third may have been her best punch, possibly earning her the round — and the fight. Kedzie failed to capitalize on a late takedown as time expired.
The judges score the fight 30-27 de Randamie, 29-28 Kedzie, and 29-28 de Randamie.
Germaine de Randamie defeated Julie Kedzie by split decision.