Retired fighter Sharice Davids elected to Congress in Kansas

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Ho-Chunk nation member Sharice Davids started fighting in 2006; she went 5-1 before turning pro in 2013 and going 1-1. Davids retired after failing to make the extremely-competitive cut for The Ultimate Fighter 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned, which produced the inaugural UFC women's strawweight champion.

Davids' life story is inspirational. The daughter of a single mother, she was raised on military bases across the country, and eventually earned a law degree from Cornell. She has dedicated most of her professional life to economic development in Native American communities in a number of capacities including corporate law, managing a community development corporation, entrepreneurship, nurturing entrepreneurship in a high school, and as well as served as a White House Fellow in the Obama administration.

The 38-year-old Democrat now joins Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R) as a former MMA fighter on Congress, and will doubtless back his efforts to organize MMA fighters. However, she will stand out in other regards, as the first openly gay representative from Kansas, as one of the few LGBTQ members of Congress, and as one of the first female Native American in Congress. 

Her life as a mixed martial artist and her current pursuit are intimately linked.

"You learn to fight so you don't have to fight," she said to Kraemer. "It's discipline. It's learning how to push yourself past a lot of barriers that you create in your mind."