Women’s boxing sensation Claressa Shields was pressured to survive some sketchy moments on the bottom earlier than incomes a third-round TKO victory to announce herself in the world of MMA.
Appearing in a light-weight most important occasion at PFL 4 in Atlantic City, two-time Olympic boxing queen Shields was dominated on the bottom for a lot of the opening two rounds towards opponent Brittney Elkin – a jiu-jitsu brown belt – but scrapped to preserve herself in the battle whereas hinting on the risk from her punching energy.
After defending one other takedown try in the third spherical, Shields discovered herself in dominant place on the bottom and took full benefit, raining a barrage of blows down on Elkin with out reply.
The contest was waved off on the 1:44 mark of the spherical, and Shields had a win on her much-hyped MMA bow.
“I feel like I am dreaming, this is crazy,” said the three-weight world boxing champion.
“She had me on the ground, but she never hurt me,” Shields added of her opponent, who went into the bout with a 3-6 file.
“When that third round came, I said to myself, I’m going to dog her… I am not going to lose this fight.”
“I just had a never quit attitude every round. Never give up, that’s what I told myself.”
Shields – the self-proclaimed ‘GWOAT’ of girls’s boxing – has switched her focus to the world of MMA, speaking up the potential monetary advantages in contrast to moving into the ring.
Her efficiency on Thursday evening drew widespread reward for the guts and endurance on show, particularly after a ropey displaying on the bottom.
“Damn called it! Obviously @Claressashields has a long way to go to develop a full skill set but I am buying Shields stock for sure!” tweeted former Bellator champion Ben Askren.
“Don’t care what happens at this point Shields has more guts than all these boxers and youtubers calling out MMA fighters to box combined. Going into MMA is f*cking harrrd!” wrote girls’s UFC star Angela Hill.
“Shields may not have experience, but she is a dawg in there,” stated males’s UFC star Eryk Anders.
Don’t care what occurs at this level Shields has extra guts than all these boxers and youtubers calling out mma fighters to field mixed. Going into mma if fucking harrrd!
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) June 11, 2021
Shields might not have expertise, but she is a dawg in there. #pflmma
— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) June 11, 2021
However, there was additionally warning that the 26-year-old wants loads of work earlier than being wherever close to the identical dialog because the likes of undefeated PFL light-weight champion Kayla Harrison.
“Claressa Shields being the one to challenge Kayla Harrison in the PFL was a fun premise while it lasted, but I think it will be years before Shields is on her level,” tweeted MMA author Aaron Bronsteter.
“She’s been built up like a monster and beat a 3-6 fighter who held onto a backside leg for WAY too long…,” stated one fan.
“Shields won’t last 2 minutes with @KaylaH. Awesome Pro Boxer…Amateur MMA fighter with a lucky win… sorry.”
Claressa Shields being the one to problem Kayla Harrison in the PFL was a enjoyable premise whereas it lasted, but I believe will probably be years earlier than Shields is on her stage.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) June 11, 2021
While opinions had been combined, one factor appears sure – after a profitable begin, we’re seemingly to see a lot extra of Claressa Shields in the cage.