‘Teach Her Balancing on the Single Leg First!’ – Conor McGregor Gives Crucial Advice to Claressa Shields’ Trainers

Published 12/07/2020, 12:40 AM EST


Conor McGregor has some serious advice for Claressa Shields, who will transition from the boxing world to MMA.

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Shields is one of the few boxers to have held the WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF titles at the same time. She has a clean resume of 10-0 in boxing and has cemented her spot as one of the greatest in the sport. Now, the self-acclaimed ‘GWOAT’ is now ready to embrace a new challenge.

As per reports, Claressa Shields will enter Professional Fighting League soon and has begun her training. She was recently spotted in a friendly sparring session with UFC legend Jon Jones.

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While she was already being honed by one of the finest in the business, she has received advice from Conor McGregor, who is also excited to see her in the cage.

The Instagram page of ESPN MMA had posted the video of Jones and Shield’s sparring session. But in the comment section, McGregor stole the show. The Double Champ passed some recommendations to Jon Jones to assist in ‘T-Rex’ Shield’s MMA skill development.

‘The Notorious’ wrote, “Teach her balancing on the single-leg first! Warm up / warm down for EVERY session – Pick the single leg and move her around. Elevate the leg high. Push her back with it. Lower it forward etc etc. Get her real cozy hopping on that single leg! Improve her hamstring flexibility as well as balancing ability. Crucial going forward! Have her play with her punching while bouncing on the single also. Finding the target of the temple of the person moving her leg around! Think coziness!
Good luck Clarissa!
Excited to see you progress!”

Conor McGregor has always favored the boxing veterans

The Irishman had embraced the boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather in 2017. Although he lost the fight, it seems that McGregor has built a love for the sport.

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Prior to Shields, he was open to training with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury when the Brit desired to enter the MMA world.

However, Fury has yet to deliver a final statement on that step. Meanwhile, Shields has already made the first leap and McGregor appears excited about it. It is no surprise that the Irishman will also be open to helping the boxing prodigy if she asks for it.

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Do you think Claressa Shields can be a better MMA fighter under McGregor’s camp?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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