Found December 12, 2012 on Busted Coverage:

It’s not every day you encounter a gem like Rachel Wray. Last year at this time she was on an NFL sideline cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs. Now? Oh, she just went and became a professional MMA fighter, no biggie. How does such a drastic change come about? She was training at a boxing gym in Kansas City to keep her body tight during the NFL season, fight caught her attention and the next thing we know she’s getting in the ring! Kansas City MMA talked with Rachel and she had this to say: Last year, I was a Chiefs Cheerleader.  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. Unreal. One year she’s making drunks drool in KC and the next she straps on the gloves and learns how to throw a haymaker. Check out video footage from her first amateur fight below. She’s next slated to get in the ring on January 25 at Harrah’s in Kansas City. [h/t Cage Potato] Filed under: Combat Sports, Girls, MMA

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Former NFL Cheerleader becomes MMA fighter

A former NFL Cheerleader turned MMA fighter? Former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader Rachel Wray had threw down her pom poms for gloves. “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...

Cheerleader-Turned-MMA Fighter Rachel Wray Making Name for Herself in the ring (Videos)

It’s hard to picture a cheerleader throwing punches and kicks inside the octagon and it’s even harder to picture MMA fighters in cheerleader costumes on the sidelines of NFL games. Well, not anymore. Former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader Rachel Wray (no, not Rachel Ray of Food Network fame), has ditched the pom poms for sparring partners as she made the transition from NFL cheerleader...

Mourners gather at funeral for Chiefs' Belcher

Several hundred mourners have gathered for the funeral of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher near his hometown on Long Island. The 25-year-old Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself Dec. 1. He was remembered Wednesday for the accomplishments in his life. A photo slide show playing on a large screen at the front of the auditorium included the words '...

Mourners gather at Belcher's funeral

Several hundred mourners have gathered for the funeral of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher near his hometown on Long Island. The 25-year-old Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself Dec. 1. He was remembered Wednesday for the accomplishments in his life. A photo slide show playing on a large screen at the front of the auditorium included the words '...

NY services set for NFL player in murder-suicide

A New York church is holding services for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. The services will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Upper Room Christian World Center in Dix Hills. Police say the West Babylon, N.Y., native fatally shot himself Dec. 1. The suicide came after he killed his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins...

ND-Alabama trash talking in Chiefs locker room

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Coincidentally, Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn's locker is right next to cornerback Javier Arenas' locker. Coincidentally, that's a Notre Dame alum (Quinn) right next to an Alabama alum (Arenas). So naturally, ever since it was decided that Notre Dame would be playing Alabama in the Jan. 7 BCS title game, there's been a little, ahem, friendly discussion...

From Pom-Poms to Rear-Naked Choke Holds

Rachel Wray is a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader turned lethal vixen.  Rachel used to box to keep in “dancer” shape until switching to MMA training at a local gym.  From there, her love of MMA grew, and she won her first amateur fight with a second round TKO.  She’s already scheduled to fight again The post From Pom-Poms to Rear-Naked Choke Holds appeared first on No Coast Bias.

Kansas City Chiefs: Week 15 NFL Power Rankings (#30)

Last week: 30 (+1) Record: 2-11 Net points per drive: -0.96 (32nd) DVOA: -39.7% (32nd) Weighted DVOA: -35.6% (32nd) The Chiefs would be in the 31st spot if I felt they would lose to the current #31 team, the Raiders, but I don’t. That would get them their 3rd win, before they most definitely lose out against Indianapolis and Denver. Studs RB Jamaal Charles: Rushed for 165 yards...

Rachel Wray : Cheerleader Warrior

Former Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader Fighting MMA

Bowe's injury further opens WR void for K.C.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Steve Breaston isn't sure why he hasn't been getting on the field for the Chiefs. He's asked why but hasn't really gotten a straight answer, or at least not an answer that he's comfortable sharing. The veteran wide receiver hasn't been active for the last several games, during which the Chiefs' pass offense has been mostly abysmal...

Bowe's injury further opens WR void for Chiefs

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer Steve Breaston isn't sure why he hasn't been getting on the field for the Chiefs. He's asked why but hasn't really gotten a straight answer, or at least not an answer that he's comfortable sharing. The veteran wide receiver hasn't been active for the last several games, during which the Chiefs' pass...

Ex K.C. Chiefs cheerleader becomes MMA fighter

Former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader Rachel Wray, not to be confused with Rachael Ray, has given up the sidelines for the octagon. She’s become a MMA cage fighter, and she’s even won her first two fights. You can watch those fights here Wray, a former cheerleader in high school and for the Arkansas razorbacks, got into MMA as a new way to work out. From Yahoo: She originally...
Chiefs News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.