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Former professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Sharice Davids has made United States history as the first openly gay Native American woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. A Democrat, she came from behind to win against an incumbent in Republican-leaning Kansas, and joins former professional fighter Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma as former MMA fighters who serve in Congress.
Davids has spoken out in support of Leslie Smith and Project Spearhead, the attempt to unionize UFC fighters. She is a graduate of Cornell University, a lawyer and a former White House fellow. Her election comes as Democrats have flipped control of the House for the first time in nearly a decade. More than 100 women have been elected to Congress in the process, an all-time high.
Congratulations congresswoman-elect @sharicedavids on your election to the U.S. Congress! You were one of the first people to publicly support our President @LeslieSmith_GF after she was released by the @ufc as retaliation for unionizing and we are forever grateful. pic.twitter.com/l5tdUWt2fp— Project Spearhead (@ProjSpearhead) November 7, 2018
Davids’ MMA career has taken her from Team Bombsquad in N.Y., where she trained alongside a young Jon Jones, to Jackson-Winklejohn in New Mexico, where she trained for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) tryouts. While she didn’t make the cut to get onto the show, she did tap current UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff. She had two professional bouts, in 2013 and 2014. She told MMAFighting.com that her MMA career heavily influenced her political career.
“For me, it impacts every facet of my life,” Davids said. “From my ability in staying calm — and it’s not to say I don’t get upset or any of that stuff. But I do think that like when you spend a while bunch of time literally getting punched, if you get angry every time you get punched, you’re not gonna last that long, because you’re gonna get burnt out.
“Just knowing that you do this thing on a regular basis that most people, one, never experience, and two, that you can recognize that you can disentangle your emotions from your physical state, from your ability to perform. For me just being able to recognize that, having that mindset is really, really helpful.”
UFC 232 is looking stacked with the addition of Chad Mendes vs. Alex Volkanovski.
#UFC232 card update (officially announced):— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) November 6, 2018
Jones vs. Gustafsson
Cyborg vs. Nunes
Condit vs. Chiesa
Latifi vs. Anderson
Mendes vs. Volkanovski
Arlovski vs. Harris
Zingano vs. Anderson
Penn vs. Hall
de Andrade vs. Yan
Duquesnoy vs. Wood
Hall vs. Lewis
Millender vs. Bahadurzada
Paul Felder vs. James Vick is a great fight and one that will see both men cut a lot of weight.
Rachael Ostovich-Berdon vs. Paige VanZant will look nothing like Ostovich sparring her mother.
Daniel Cormier is just doing his part to destroy toxic masculinity in his Joe Rogan interviews. First the crying, now kissing.
This is interesting: Boxing referees apparently don’t like superman punches.
I've done this in 2 separate boxing fights with the same ref. Both times rocked my opponents. First time they said nothing, second time the ref came at me with a hard warning saying you can't "jump and punch". What about Mike Tyson and David Tua's flying left hooks?!?! https://t.co/xGBAbsYZmV— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) November 6, 2018
When you are the Flash and everyone else moves in slow motion:
Ben Askren knows about long flights to Asia and he’s trying to impart that knowledge to free agent Sage Northcutt.
Dawg you better cover up them arms or you are gonna get cold! https://t.co/nLyJwpZo0p— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) November 6, 2018
A back-and-forth war between two roided up Muay Thai fighters? Fantastic.
Pacific Rim does seem like the right theme for Jacare Souza vs. Chris Weidman:
This was funny -- Tenshin Nasukawa respectfully offered to avenge McGregor’s loss to Mayweather and also informed the Irishman that he is not, in fact, Jackie Chan.
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Is that a tracksuit or a sauna suit Floyd haha wtf. is it hot in Tokyo or what’s the story here? that climate change is no joke fuck me hahah What in the fuck is going on here? Who’s this little prick next to you ? That’s mad shit. Like something out of rush hour 5 or something. Chris tucker and Jackie fucking Chan back in this bitch. Fucking brilliant. Mad little bastard you are Floyd. Fair fucks to you mate. No lie. Fuck it.
Tony Ferguson is still targeting Khabib Nurmagomedov and his undefeated record.
If you are wondering how Israel Adesanya’s takedown defense keeps getting better, Luke Thomas did a decent job explaining it.
Dustin Poirier seems like a great dad.
Sweet P throwing heat today! pic.twitter.com/DzU5I4QIeH— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) November 6, 2018