Rachel Wray was a cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs who attended Arkansas. She’s not only a pretty face, but now she’s pursuing a new career in mixed martial arts. In September she made her amateur debut (video below) and won by TKO stoppage.
Wray’s path to fighting started with an “alternative workout” at a local gym with some friends. Before long she was taking lessons and started to spar. From KC MMA:
I was absolutely horrible. This drove me to want it even more. 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 [Jason High and LC Davis’s gym] 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…I hope to fight 4-5 times over the next year.”
Jason High, her wrestling coach, is a 16-3 fighter who last fought in Strikeforce. Wray’s next fight will be in January at Harrah’s in Kansas City.