Former MMA fighter Sharice Davids failed to get to the TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) but she’s making a political history today, on Election Day! She was elected to Congress by defeating Republican Kevin Yoder to capture Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District. This is the first time a Democrat has won the suburban Kansas City seat in a decade.
Sharice David’s victory is a history-making success because she’s one of two first native American woman to serve in Congress. But what’s even more interesting, she’s the first gay person to serve in Kansas.
“We have the opportunity to reset expectations about what people think when they think of Kansas,” Davids, 38, said during her victory speech, according to The Kansas City Star. “We know there are so many of us who welcome everyone, who see everyone and who know that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed.”
Davids made an early splash with her campaign video where she was highlighting her MMA background.
“This is a tough place to be a woman. I’ve been put down, pushed aside, knocked out,” Davids says in a voiceover as she ties back her hair and wraps her knuckles. “It’s clear Trump and the Republicans in Washington don’t give a damn about anyone like me or anyone who doesn’t think like them.”
Sharice Davids MMA Career
Davids Graduated from Cornell University but her true love was fighting. She started fighting back in 2006 as an amateur fighter and she turned pro in 2014. As an amateur she was 5-1 and as a pro, she was 1-1. Only four years ago she was fighting to join the UFC, but she failed. Although she failed to make the ‘TUF’ cut, Davids did submit current UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff and earned a bonus from UFC President Dana White.