Claressa Shields made a profitable MMA debut this previous Thursday evening at PFL 4.
The 26-year outdated Flint, Michigan native is 11-0 as knowledgeable boxer with two Olympic gold medals to her identify. Shields now comfortably will get able to construct some momentum in her new sport.
“In my view, ladies’s MMA is extra higher than – extra marketed than ladies’s boxing as a result of it’s honest,” Shields stated in a short video. “The ladies struggle three five-minute rounds, so does the lads. You struggle for a world championship struggle; 5 minutes, 5 rounds. Women and men. Boxing doesn’t have that. They’ve all these guidelines to make it appear to be ladies are weaker and girls aren’t succesful.
“Boxing followers don’t like that. They need to see us struggle 36 minutes, they need to see us get knockouts. It’s arduous to get knockouts in 20 minutes. No person can inform me that I don’t have energy. I simply knocked out a lady within the third spherical and I used to be down two rounds, she wrestled me, jiu-jitsu’d me, all that, and I used to be nonetheless capable of have fuel and take her out. So I undoubtedly have sufficient energy however I don’t have sufficient time to knock these women out, it’s solely 20 minutes in comparison with 36.”
Shields defeated Brittney Elkin through third-round TKO in the primary occasion of PFL 4 on the tenth. Unsurprisingly, the elite-level boxer struggled on the bottom within the first two rounds however by no means went away. As an alternative, it was fairly the other.
Going ahead followers can now fantasize concerning the potential Shields vs. Kayla Harrison matchup – a would-be MMA Olympian struggle between unbeaten PFL stars.
First, nonetheless, Harrison should end out the present PFL 2021 light-weight season. After dominating Mariana Morais in her opening bout, she now faces Cindy Dandois at PFL 6 on June 25.
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