PFL Star Claressa Shields Takes on Abigail Montes in Her Second Professional MMA Bout on October 27

Published 08/13/2021, 1:14 AM EDT
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 02: Claressa Shields works out during a pre fight media workout at the Downtown Boxing Gym on October 02, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


Claressa Shields is one of the very few boxers to have switched over to MMA. Combat fans are used to seeing MMA fighters switch over and enter the boxing ring as it is just one aspect of MMA and is easier to transition to. However, getting into MMA requires the learning of different forms of martial arts, which is a particularly tough assignment. 

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This is why Shields’ willingness to get in the octagon and test herself has been very well received by the MMA community. In a recent interview on SportsCenter, Shields shared the details of her next fight and when it will take place.

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‘T-Rex’ said, “I fight again October 27th back in the cage….. I am always in training, I am always working. Just focusing on learning everything and becoming a better MMA fighter. Back to the Jiu-Jitsu, back to the wrestling, back to the ground and pound. It is just so much work that I have to put in.”

Claressa Shields will aim to extend her professional MMA record to 2-0 

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When ‘T-Rex’ first announced that she would compete in MMA, few people expected her to make her debut as fast as she did. Shields made her debut earlier this year and secured a come from behind stoppage win over Brittney Elkin in round three. After the win, Shields, who stated that she would fight a few more times before the year ends, has stuck to her word. 

Shields will be a part of PFL’s biggest event of the year at the Season Finale, which will crown six divisional champions with six $1 million checks on the line as well. ‘T-Rex’ will take on Abigail Montes. ‘Brave’ Montes will make her debut with the promotion, having just started out as a professional mixed martial artist.

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On October 27, Montes (2-0), will look to extend her unbeaten run with a win over one of the biggest names in combat sports. Also, the fight will be another opportunity for Shields to display her growth as a martial artist and further legitimize her claim as the ‘GWOAT’.

What do you make of Shields’ PFL matchup against Montes? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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