Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/13/12
A former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader has hung up her pom poms and put on the gloves to the surprise of everyone she knows. Rachel Wray, whose fierce left hooks seem to belie her model-like looks, spent last year as a cheerleader for the NFL team before taking up the brutal sport of MMA fighting. The pretty blond, who originally comes from Arkansas, won her first fight back in September with a second-round TKO and is looking forward to her next bout in the cage at Harrah's in Kansas City in January. Wray fell into the fight game by accident after using the sport as an alternative workout and was asked to step into the cage and spar one day. "I was absolutely horrible," she told KCMMA.com.  "This drove me to want it even more. I knew I had to make a choice between fighting and cheerleading.  I chose fighting." The sultry Wray describes herself as a "super girly girl" but doesn't look it in the ring.  In the video, she's the one in the black and white shorts. Her goal is to compete in four or five more amateur fights before becoming a pro. If this firebrand is only an amateur, can you imagine what it's like to get popped by Ronda Rousey?
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