After Kids and Sh*t I Couldn’t Imagine”- Claressa Shields on Her MMA Transition

Published 05/27/2021, 2:09 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)


Claressa Shields is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and multiple-time boxing world champion. Shields has been making the news in the MMA world as she will make her debut in the PFL. The Olympic gold medalist will face Brittney Elkin from Westminster, Colorado. With a 3-6 record, Elkin seems to be the perfect opponent for the debutant.

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Shields joined an interview with TheMacLife where she talked about her MMA transition before she fights on 10th June. The interviewer asked ‘T-Rex’ if she was glad that she made that switch.

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Claressa Shields replied, “Yeah, absolutely, I’m so happy I started now, it’s very humbling. It’s very informational. I’m around some great people. Coach Jackson coach Wink, coach Tusa, Holly Holm, Jonny Bones. I’m around some really great people.”

Claressa Shields is happy to make a quick transition

The Olympian thinks this is the perfect time to make a transition from boxing to MMA. ‘G.W.O.A.T’ is young, unmarried, and has no kids. She said, “I am super happy I started now I couldn’t imagine doing this when I’m 32, 34 years old. No, and after kids and sh*t I couldn’t imagine.”

Therefore, Claressa Shields is happy to start MMA at the young age of 26 as she is in the prime of her career. She has ample time to learn the ropes and excel in another discipline.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – APRIL 13: Claressa Shields reacts after defeating Christina Hammer (not pictured) and becoming the women’s undisputed middleweight champion at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on April 13, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Shields also disclosed the fact she wasn’t paid well enough for her worth. Hence, getting sponsorships was very difficult. Furthermore, as she always thought of competing as a mixed martial artist, the search for a bigger paycheck has finally motivated her enough to switch from boxing.

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Do you think the boxing phenom, Claressa Shields, will make a successful MMA debut? Will she live up to her nickname of the greatest woman of all time? Let us know.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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