Chiefs cheerleader-turned-MMA fighter: Texans cheerleader’s comments ‘insulting’ to sport

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Think you can hang with Ronda Rousey? Rachel Wray has just two words of advice for Antonieta Osuna, the Houston Texans cheerleader who may have called out the greatest female mixed martial arts fighter on the planet.

Get real.

"Comparing someone like me or (Osuna) to Ronda is like comparing a junior high football player to Tom Brady," Wray, the former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader-turned-MMA fighter, tells FOXSportsKansasCity.com. "There’s just no comparison."

Osuna, a 28-year-old former amateur boxing champion in Texas, went viral earlier this week for comments to TMZ.com in which she said of Rousey: "If I can give her hooks and jabs and prevent her from taking me down … it’s possible that I could get her!"

To that, Wray offers up two more words:

Fat chance.

"I can’t say what her actual thoughts were because I don’t know her," says Wray, who sports a 2-2 amateur record in MMA. "But if I were in her shoes I would probably not say such things about the greatest fighter in the world.

"Maybe she can talk about (retired boxer) Laila Ali because boxing is her actual sport, but she can’t even talk about Ronda until she has had many years of jiu-jitsu/judo/wrestling training.

"It’s insulting to the sport, honestly, to say you have the capacity to step in there with Ronda, when you don’t have comparable grappling experience. I see that as highly unbecoming of her to make such statements."

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The Texans cheerleader cooled the rhetoric a little bit in a follow-up interview with TMZ in which she said she "wouldn’t be scared to get in the ring, or set foot in the ring" with Rousey or Ali.

"I personally would never say something like that," Wray says. "Seems like a publicity stunt to me. A quick way to get two minutes of fame.

"But I can’t talk because people said the same thing about me. I would find articles saying, ‘Watch out Ronda Rousey, there’s another hot blonde fighter,’ and other such ludicrous (headlines), when I would never say such a thing in my life.

"Ronda has been my No. 1 idol since back when she was in Strikeforce, just starting her pro career. When I saw (stories) like (Osuna’s), I was mortified. Ronda is my No. 1 role model in the sport and I completely idolize her."

Osuna’s narrative is similar to Wray’s, only somewhat in reverse. The latter was a Chiefs cheerleader in 2011 and ’12 who took up mixed martial arts as part of her training routine in Kansas City, only to fall in love with the sport. Osuna won a state boxing title in Texas in 2005 and later joined the Texans’ cheer squad.

"I wish her the best," Wray says. "And as the only person on this Earth who has gone through this same experience, I would just tell her to be as humble as possible. And if you’re going to say something like that, make sure you are training enough to back that statement up."

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