NFL Cheerleader MMA: Rachel Wray Trades Pom Pons To Be A Mixed Martial Arts Fighter [PHOTOS]

on December 14 2012 8:56 AM
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    Former NFL cheerleader Rachel Wray is trading her knockout status for a different kind of knockout as an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. Facebook
  • Rachel Wray
    Former NFL cheerleader Rachel Wray is trading her knockout status for a different kind of knockout as an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. Facebook
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Former NFL cheerleader Rachel Wray is trading her knockout status for a different kind of knockout as an Mixed Martial Arts fighter.

According to the Bleacher Report, Wray, a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader, has left her spot on the dance squad to join the MMA.

In an interview, the Arkansas native said she was a dancer her entire life and eventually landed a spot with the Chiefs. But now she is trading it all in in hopes to fight in the MMA four or five times a year.

Wray reportedly began taking private MMA lessons at a local gym and enjoyed the workout so much that she decided to make fighting her career.

"Everyone says 'I would never expect you to be a fighter. Being a cheerleader fits you more,' or 'Why would you give up cheerleading to roll around with sweaty boys?'" Wray told KCMMA.com. "Well, I have never enjoyed working out so much in my life. I love fighting and am having so much fun with it.  I want to be an inspiration to other girls out there that want to fight but don't think they can."

She trains for Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai two hours a day, five nights a week at Jason High and LC Davis'HDMMA gym, according to the Bleacher Report.

"I was nervous about someone actually punching me in the face, but I did it ... I was absolutely horrible. This drove me to want it even more," she told CagePotato.com.

Wray has already won her amateur debut with a second round TKO. The buxom blonde was also supposed to fight in a match recently, but her opponent was a no show.

Rachel Wray will next fight Jan. 25 at Harrah's Casino in Kansas City, much to her parents' dismay.

"Mom hates it and Dad loves it.  My mom just doesn’t understand it.  She will be there at my first fight, but I think she is really nervous." Wray told KCMMA.

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