‘I Haven’t Seen My Man in Three Weeks’- Claressa Shields Reveals How Dedicated She is For her MMA Debut

Published 05/29/2021, 10:52 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 21: Gold medalist Claressa Maria Shields of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Boxing Middle (69-75kg) on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro – Pavilion 6 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Women’s boxing legend Claressa Shields is ready to conquer the MMA sport after dominating boxing for half a decade. The former WBA and IBF middleweight champion is gearing up for her debut fight with Brittney Elkin at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City on June 10 under the PFL banner.

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She recently appeared for an interview with ‘The Mac Life’ where she detailed her debut and other things like the present situation of boxing. While talking, she expressed her views on why she is staying away from her partner.

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“It’s gonna be hard training here,” she said. “I got me here since December. I went home for one month to be ready for my fight on pay-per-view and I came back here.” 

“Been here since. I haven’t seen my man in three weeks. Ya, I gotta boyfriend…today he landed to come to see me,” she proclaimed.

‘T. Rex’ Shields believes that it’s her passion that makes her train away from home. She believes homemade gyms won’t prepare her enough to succeed in the ring.

Why Claressa Shields chose PFL over UFC

The Olympic Gold medalist has accomplished so much in boxing that it was imperative for her to join the biggest MMA promotion if she ever decided to step into MMA.

But the boxing champ certainly wants to get a hang of MMA before she introduces herself into UFC. In an interview, she had explained the exact reasons for the same. There were some negotiations going on with the UFC in December 2019, for a switch that didn’t transpire.

“It was just the conversation,” Shields revealed. “It wasn’t like ‘Hey, come and train a few months and then fight against the best girl that we have at your weight.

“I think that’s unfair to me and it’s not giving me enough time to learn. If you’re talking about letting me train for two years and then I’ll fight against the best girl you have.”

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“All right, cool. But the conversation with Dana was almost like a one-fight deal a little bit,” she added.

It will be a monumental moment when Shields make her debut for UFC and fights someone like Amanda Nunes. But for now, she has all her focus on her PFL debut.

Can Shields make a mark on her debut?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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