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NFL Cheerleader: MMA Is Her New Passion

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NFL cheerleaders don’t seem like the kind of girls who want to be punched in the face, so when one dons gloves and gets into fights willingly, it’s a bit of a shock.

But that’s what former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader Rachel Wray is doing, and she says that although it was a difficult choice, she knows it was the right one.

“Last year, I was a Chiefs cheerleader,” she said. “I have been a cheerleader or dancer my whole life and I moved here from Arkansas to cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs. I started working out at Title Boxing Club with some of the girls for an alternative workout. I really enjoyed it and started taking private lessons after a little while. One day, I came in and they wanted me to spar. I was nervous about someone actually punching me in the face, but I did it.”

Wray says she was “absolutely horrible” when she first started, but it only drove her will to succeed. She now works out five times a week for two hours at a time and has learned that sometimes, when you want something bad enough, you have to make it a top priority…even over your day job.

“I knew I had to make a choice between fighting and cheerleading. I chose fighting. I trained harder and took more private lessons. In the same shopping center was HDMMA and I wandered in there to see what was going on. Everyone was so nice and just not what I expected from a MMA gym. So, I started training there too. One thing led to another, and now I feel comfortable enough to compete in the cage.”

Wray says her best move is striking and is working on getting more comfortable in front of an audience, and as you can see in the video below, she seems to be getting that down. She hopes to fight 4-5 times in the coming year.

NFL Cheerleader: MMA Is Her New Passion
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  • Jimbo

    lol, man… watching this feels so wrong. Don’t do it girls!

  • Deeno

    The main difference between male & female MMA:

    In female, the refs have to cuddle with the loser.. apparantly

  • Kimbo Slice

    God this fight was awful

    • Rick

      I lost the count of unanswered punches, AWFULL DISPARITY ,,and the ref must be banned for letting this go so far,,,

  • tennfan1125

    good win for her, but this chick is a horrible fighter, maybe she can get better, im sure she can. But this young lady is far from being considered a top competitor…..

  • Payton

    I know sex sells but MMA is too brutal for sexy. Get some real fighters and forget about showing T&A. The Rachel has potential but your taking away from the integrity of the sport by showing off her body. I don’t care how good she looks, can she fight? Looks are a plus but if thats what you are selling package all the pretty girls and send it to the Playboy Channel.

    • se035

      agree. Hot girls punching themselves in the face, not my thing. Stick to oil wrestling.
      Hate to be sexist, but MMA is for women what synchronized swimming is for men, shouldn’t happen.

      • mma4all

        http://youtu.be/n2PXXP1cIVs?t=1m45s It should start at the 1:45 mark, you can stfu now.

  • JC

    My 10 & 11 yr old girls fight harder than that!

  • MMAfan

    I think this is great. MMA needs more attractive women to help make the sport grow for women.

  • josh

    neither of these girls would have a chance against rousey …. thats true mma

    • Tom

      She is changing sports from a cheerleader to MMA. Rousey won an olympic medal in judo she has been training for this a long time and it shows in her body. This woman has to put on some muscle and become serious about it if she really wants to do something in the sport but it’s not impossible

  • Tom

    People are saying it’s wrong because she is pretty. She’s just starting out so she’s not going to be a contender. The thing I like most about her is her stamina. I guess that comes from working out as a cheerleader. The worst thing about her is how awkward she is but she can be taught to fight better. There isn’t a lot of money in cheerleading outside of endorsements and then you have to be lucky to get those. Sort of like UFC ring girl. I think if she takes this serious in 2 or 3 years she can really be good. MMA is not boxing and it’s much easier to reach the top since the sport is still fairly new. In another 10 or 20 years it will be much harder especially since boxing is getting less and less watchable. First the HW division went down and now with the Manny vs Mayweather fight it seems like an afterthought.

  • scott goodpasture

    at least they cant hit hard enough to hurt each other

  • jay

    That girl good!!!
    (coming to america voice)

  • Vin

    All I know is, the girl in pink has one ROCKIN’ tail piece.

  • Ali

    The other girl wasn’t putting up much of a fight, but Rachel doesn’t seem to mind breaking another girls face. She dominated the whole time, she may have what it takes to succeed in this sport given enough time.

  • G

    Appears to be a local MMA that’s a T and A. She’s last about 10 seconds with RR.

  • Mike

    She has more wins than the Kansas City Chiefs

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0XrHi5QTus isaac

    And here I thought spelling contests would of been her new passion.

    • Hunter

      And here I thought a grammer contest yours – would have, not would of. If you’re going to talk trash, have your s$&t together.

      • alfhucker

        You mean like your “grammar?” Dumbass. “If you’re going to talk trash, have your s$&t together.” Thanks for making my day. Dumbass. :D

        • chris b

          hahahahaha this dude ^^ definitely has his shit together

  • Darb Llekram

    The Chiefs should’ve given her a tryout. They could use her bigtime. LOL

  • Jeremy Hunsley

    I look forward to seeing more of her fights.

  • Chauntel Bland

    Now that’s my type of woman. One that can kick butt. I just never want it to be my butt!

  • Steve

    Good for her. That is awesome. Cheerleader to MMA fighter. That take courage. Fort never had trained in combat sports or probably never been in a fight, she is doing alright. It takes a lot of hard work and intestinal fortitude to go from cheerleader to Gladiator world. That take courage. Much more than the majority of the Man Nation out there. I wish her the best.

  • Sam

    They both have zero skills but this is better than watching two ugly dudes beat each other to a pulp. Seeing 2 attractive women fight is hot regardless of skill level. These are the kind of fighters I can get behind. LITERARILY

  • bob

    these girls are HORRIBLE…they realllly suck…what a disgrace to the sport.

    • Logan

      maybe you missed the title of the article, here ill help:

      “mma is her NEW passion”

  • Mike

    This is amazing. I need to see clothes flying off, IMMEDIATELY!

  • Tommy

    “Women’s MMA fighters’ bare feet…Mmmmm….”

    -Rex Ryan

  • http://yahoo Zelmo Belmont

    I’d do her hard and sloppy ” The Johnny Gan way!!”

  • Ron C.

    Great. Another person involved with the Kansas City Chiefs who enjoys violence.

  • irishmafia

    Why are their clothes still on?

  • sybex

    naked with strap ons, the one tha gets a few thrusts in first wins -now that will pack the arena

  • http://yahoo.com Lilly Bloom

    you are disgusting pigs rooting for violence.. shame on you all my point is done

  • Whitehorserider

    I’d ground and pound her!

  • Halitosis

    love hot little sluts like that