‘I’m Not a Millionaire’- Claressa Shields Details Her MMA Transition

Published 05/30/2021, 11:54 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, the women’s boxing sensation, is set to make her MMA debut at PLF. She is a multi Olympic gold medalist winning at London and Rio Olympics. Shields is also a multiple-time World Champion and likes to call herself the ‘G.W.O.A.T’, or the greatest woman of all time. ‘T-Rex’ will fight Brittney Elkin on July 10 under MMA rules, making her official transition from boxing to MMA.

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As the fight inches closer, Shields was interviewed by MMA Fighting where she shared her interesting views on her MMA transition. ‘T-Rex’ said “In women’s boxing, women don’t get paid that much, You know I’ve won every title you can think of, every last organization. Three-time division world champ, two-time undisputed champ at 154 and 160 and I’ve held titles at 168 and it’s like I’m not a millionaire right. I’m known worldwide but I’m not a household name yet.”

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Claressa Shields continues, “It’s like there’s nothing more I can do in women’s boxing to make me be a household name cause I’ve done everything. Nothing else I can do. People were talking about me and Laila Ali fighting or her coming out of retirement. I still wouldn’t be a household name after that win. So I felt like coming into MMA while I’m 25-26 years old.”

Claressa Shields Wants to become a household name

‘T-Rex’ disclosed that even though she nearly achieved everything in boxing, she was not paid enough. Shields want to become a millionaire, which according to her, isn’t possible with Women’s boxing. Therefore, she is making a transition at the young age of 26. It’s a fact that Women in MMA are more popular and cash in bigger paychecks than women in boxing. Women like Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes, Valentina Shevchenko, and many more are household names in the world of combat sport.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 17: (L-R) Kofi Kingston, Ronda Rousey, Xavier Woods, and Zelina Vega attend Mortal Kombat 11: The Reveal on January 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

These women have millions of followers on their respective social media accounts. Some UFC fighters like Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey have also been featured in Hollywood. This is how big the recognition MMA can provide just because of fighting in the UFC. It’s certain that Claressa Shields is eager to join the list because she wants to get what she thinks she is worth. She will have to pile up victories in order to get in the UFC, which will surely fulfill her dreams.

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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)

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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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