“I’m Gonna Hurt Her” – Claressa Shields Says She Doesn’t Give a F**K What Abigail Montes Says

Published 10/01/2021, 3:15 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, a professional boxer turned MMA fighter, is preparing for her 2nd MMA bout against Abigail Montes. Shields signed a three-year contract with the Professional Fighters League in 2020 and made her debut at PFL 4 in June 2021.

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Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields made a name for herself in the world of professional boxing. She held multiple world championships in three weight classes. Her boxing record is 11-0, with 2 of those wins coming via knockout.

She carried over her success from the squared circle to the cage as she came from behind to win her first MMA fight via a third-round TKO over Brittney Elkin. The G.W.O.A.T. will return to PFL on October 27, 2021, at PFL 10, to take on Abigail Montes.

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Montes, 2-0 in her MMA career, would look to extend her unbeaten run. She said she wouldn’t be backing down from the challenge. Her two wins came against Claudia Zamora at Combate Americas and Teresita Lopez Plata at iKon Federation Fighting 6.

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PFL 10- Claressa Shields vs. Abigail Montes

After being matched up against an experienced opponent in Elkin, Shields struggled to get the win in her MMA debut. Hence, the matchup against Montes will be better as she is also new to the sport.

Shields, unlike in her fight against Elkin, will have a four-inch height advantage over Montes. In the buildup to the fight against Abigail ‘Brave’ Montes, ‘T-Rex’, who hasn’t held back on her words, issued a stern warning to Abigail.

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In an interview, Claressa said, “I’m gonna f**k her face up, I really am. I’ve seen a lot of her fights; she’s very protective of her face. She doesn’t like to get marks and bruises. I don’t really care for that, long as I win. The marks and bruises are going to heal. I’m probably gonna black her eye, red her cheek, bruise her rib. I’m gonna hurt her.”

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Montes, in an interview, had said, “She is the best in boxing, but this is MMA. She is going to exploit her experience in the hands, but I will also do it with my wrestling and my jiujitsu, without neglecting my hands.”

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Both women are extremely confident and only time will tell who leaves with her hands raised.

What do you think of the matchup? Who, according to you, will come out on top? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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