Claressa Shields is formally an MMA fighter following a profitable PFL 4 debut in opposition to Brittney Elkin this previous Thursday.
Inevitably, followers predict a conflict of Olympic gold medals pitting Shields in opposition to the 9-0 Kayla Harrison. At the moment seeking to declare one more PFL crown by means of the light-weight match, Harrison not too long ago shared her ideas on the boxing legend’s victory.
“I believe that all of us knew what her holes had been gonna be, all of us knew what she was going to wrestle with,” Harrison informed Mike Pendleton of MyMMANews. “I used to be stunned with the matchup initially as a result of I do know that Brittney [Elkin] has a grappling background, she was my first combat. I used to be stunned that [they] made her most important occasion, it’s quite a lot of stress in your first combat.
“Pay attention, this isn’t boxing, that is fully completely different. All of us knew she was going to wrestle with the grappling facet of the game, I believe she did a great job staying composed. I believe she overcame quite a lot of early stepbacks, she was capable of go on the market and do what winners do, and that’s discover a solution to win.”
Shields struggled on the bottom within the first two rounds in opposition to Brittney Elkin however by no means went away. As an alternative, it was the other as Elkin slowed down after lacking her armbar makes an attempt and noticed Shields survive her floor and pound.
A visibly drained 3-6 Elkin couldn’t sustain with Shields within the third and last spherical as she succumbed to strikes on the 1:44 mark.
“I’m impressed together with her, I’m pleased with her,” Kayla Harrison mentioned. I believe that the most important wrestle for her goes to be—in an effort to be as profitable as she desires to be in MMA—she’s going to must commit quite a lot of time to studying that facet of the game. She’s not going to have the ability to commit the time that it wants if she continues to field and do MMA on the identical time. She’s solely human. I applaud her for this and making the transition into MMA within the peak of her boxing profession, I simply assume it’s going to be too onerous to do each successfully.”
Harrison continued to say that she’s not “speaking sh*t” about Shields. Including that she thinks will probably be fascinating to see the place Shields goes subsequent and due to their paths has checked out herself as extra of a mentor than a potential future opponent.
Harrison subsequent faces Cindy Dandois in the principle occasion of PFL 6 on June 25.
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