VIDEO: Claressa Shields All Set to Make Her MMA Debut

Published 06/05/2021, 6:00 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 is set to make her MMA transition against Brittney Elkin in her PFL debut on June 10. Shields is a two-time boxing Olympic gold medalist and multiple-time boxing World Champion. The G.W.O.A.T. made the move from the squared circle to MMA as she believes she has achieved almost everything inside the boxing arena. And in order to live up to her moniker, she had to conquer another combat discipline.

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It’s a fact that women in MMA have made a bigger name for themselves than women in boxing. With a bigger name comes greater recognition and a fatter paycheck. The G.W.O.A.T. has shown her desire to become a millionaire. Therefore, to accomplish her dreams, it was important for her to make an early transition.

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In a promo section, Claressa Shields provided her take on the fight.

T-Rex‘ said, “I am a fighter at heart I not just gonna go in there and bow down to Brittney. I am a dog. Like I go in there, I scratch. I haven’t lost a fight since I was seventeen years old. I am 26 so trying to keep that undefeated streak alive, no matter if it’s in boxing or MMA. I look forward to getting in the ring with Brittney Elkin and fighting my a** off. The greatest women will come on top, the G.W.O.A.T.”

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Brittney Elkin’s game plan for Claressa Shields

Brittney Elkin has a 3-6 record. Although she will face a world-class boxer, Elkin remains confident and has her own plan of approaching the fight.

Elkin said, “She has a lot of striking power I gottta make sure to stay outside and work inside of her distance. I am looking to do that with some techniques that I’ve developed over my 12 year MMA career. I think Claressa has a challenge against her that she is not looking at. She is looking at the next challenge and that is okay with me.”

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Elkin will try to maintain her distance and take the fight to the ground as soon as possible. She will try to mix up her wrestling skills with her striking, thus making it a proper mixed martial arts contest. If the fight stays on the feet, then it could favor the G.W.O.A.T. Hence, it will be up to Elkin to take ‘T-Rex’ down and test her.

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)

Will Claressa Shields full fill her destiny of becoming the greatest woman of all time? Or will Elkin play spoilsport on June 10?

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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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