“Innocent Till Proven Guilty” – Claressa Shields Lets Her Thoughts Known About Jon Jones’ Situation

Published 10/26/2021, 9:12 AM EDT
MIAMI, FL – APRIL 04: WBA, WBC and IBF Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields poses for the media before her workout at 5th Street Gym on April 4, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Shields is training to fight WBO Middleweight World Champion Christina Hammer for the undisputed middleweight world championship April 13. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)


Former two-time Olympic gold medalist in amateur boxing Claressa Shields is preparing for her second-ever MMA fight. Shields will go up against Abigail Montes at PFL 10 on October 27, 2021. Considered by many as the best active female boxer in the world, she made her MMA debut in June 2021. She fought Brittney Elkin and won the fight via TKO in the third round.

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Shields trains at Jackson Wink MMA Academy which has produced champions like Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, and Holly Holm amongst others. However, in the lead-up to her next fight, Sheilds was asked about Jon Jones. He was recently suspended from his long-time gym and having a personal relationship with ‘Bones’, she was asked about the whole situation.

Claressa Shields said about the situation, “I don’t even know what happened. That’s how out of the loop I am. I feel like you know, innocent till proven guilty of whatever it is. I just wish him and his family the best of luck.”

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“Us as people need to look at ourselves and fix our problems before we judge others. So I don’t really have nothing to say about that,” she added.

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Claressa Shields’ next challenge

Having signed with the Professional Fighters League in 2020, Shields made her debut in June 2021. She won her first via TKO and is ready to enter the cage for the second time on October 27.

Since she has a boxing background, Shields is still properly learning the craft of mixed martial arts. She has been training with Holly Holm, who also was a professional boxer before switching to MMA full time.

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While discussing what it’s been like working with Holly, she said, “It’s a cheat code for me. To be able to work with Holly Holm and Arlene (Blencowe). We had the same mindset, but to see how we all had to come from boxing and coming over to MMA, we’re not really much of a background on the ground. We actually help each other.”

Having a legend like Holly Holm help her prepare will only improve her skills. Shields will be hoping to use all her newly gained knowledge in her next fight and keep the momentum going.

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Do you think Shields will come out on top on October 27? 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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