‘Nobody’s Gonna Be Comparing Me to Amanda Nunes’- Claressa Shields

Published 06/16/2021, 12:08 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 05: In this handout image provided by UFC, Amanda Nunes of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 250 weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Claressa Shields made a successful debut in her professional MMA career in a recent PFL card. Shields is considered as one of the greatest women’s boxers to ever compete in the sport. Now she is determined to make her mark in the world of MMA as well.

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Many have started considering a potential fight between Shields and two-division UFC champion, Amanda Nunes. However, Shields understands that the fight doesn’t really make sense at the moment as she is too young in her MMA career. However, she believes it would be smart for Nunes to fight her right now during the early stages of her career.

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That’s that’s just the question. I’m asking y’all. Because I didn’t feel like I looked that great. So nobody’s gonna be comparing Amanda Nunes to me. And I don’t think that Amanda Nunes should even be looking at me as competition right now. Because I just had my first MMA fight if she’s smart though, she would want to fight me early in my career,” said Shields.

“You know, like right now or next year, you know, like that would be something that would be smart on her end, you know, because I’m inexperienced and she’s still in be ahead of me. But once three you know three years four years of of experience then because I modify what a minimum is but not right now. Not right now in everything be respectful of her enough enough her greatness you know but you know I’m taking one fight at a time on five girls who on my level and work my way up but just know that I am looking at the girls who are at the top you know I’m saying what I’m about to I’m about to get dangerous,” she added.

Claressa Shields vs Amanda Nunes: a fight for the future?

Both Nunes and Shields are two of the greatest fighters in the history of women’s combat sports. Nunes is considered the greatest women’s fighter to ever grace the UFC Octagon. Shields was the queen of the squared ring.

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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)

So, it’s understandable why such a fight is on top of every fan’s wishlist. However, the possibilities of that actually happening anytime soon are not really there.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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