MMA fighter, ex-Chiefs cheerleader is no 'ring girl'

Ex-Chiefs cheerleader Rachel Wray is making a splash in mixed-martial arts — and with a recent photo spread.

— Rachel Wray (@CheerleaderMMA) May 10, 2013
Wray (3-1) doesn’t have a firm date scheduled for her next fight, but she’s hoping to get something arranged before July. She’d suffered her first MMA loss -- by decision to Nadia Nixon -- on March 22.

"Both of us were just drenched in blood," says Wray, who’s now training at Inferno Fitness & MMA in Bentonville, Ark. "It was crazy."

Still, any publicity is good publicity when you’re starting out; Wray says NBC’s "Today" show recently flew a crew down to put together a feature on the female fighter that she’s been told will run later this month.

"As a fighter, it’s impossible for us to be entertaining people all the time, because you can only fight so often," Wray says. "So you kind of have to do other things."

Even if those ‘other things’ sometimes make mama blush.

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