“We’re Kind of One and the Same”- Claressa Shields Reveals Details of Jon Jones Training Session

Published 06/10/2021, 5:37 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)


PFL is ready to welcome the two-time Olympic gold medalist in women’s boxing to MMA. The ‘G.W.O.A.T.’ Claressa Shields will make her debut against Britney Elkin in a lightweight cash on June 10. As a lot of eyes will be on the debutant, Shields and Elkin will headline the event.

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For her debut, Shields trained with UFC pound-for-pound number one fighter Jon Jones at Jackson Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.‘T-Rex’ joined Kevin Iole from Yahoo! Sports to describe her experience while training with ‘Bones’.

Shields said, “It’s been great to have training sessions with him and to learn from him. And just to see his work ethic and to see that we’re kind of one and the same. It’s just he’s MMA and I’m boxing like one we both are great fighters. And then we don’t get enough credit for our mental strength, you know, for our strategic mindset.”

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Shields continued, “People look at it as just athleticism when it’s so much more than athleticism. That we have like we’re athletic human beings, but we have a lot of discipline. We have just a lot of grit, a lot of self-belief, and we both believe in hard work and repetition. And you don’t meet a lot of people like that.”

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“Actually came down here and me and him spent a couple of training sessions together. And they were three-four hours of piece and like the coaches just sit there and look because they’re like we don’t get to experience this.

Jon Jones is helping Claressa Shields to become the ‘G.W.O.A.T’

Jon Jones is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time and arguably the G.O.A.T. Now, he is helping Shields to fulfill her dream of becoming the G.W.O.A.T. Although ‘T-Rex’ is the undisputed queen in women’s boxing, she still needs to make a lot of adjustments to become a successful mixed martial artist.

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – APRIL 2: UFC lightweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones interacts with media during an open training session for fans and media at the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness on April 2, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Aaron Sweet/Getty Images)

‘T-Rex’ is a superior boxer and will find it easy on her feet, whereas her opponent will try to make it a proper MMA contest. This is where training with Jones will help her stay in the fight. Claressa Shields is one of the toughest women both physically and mentally, plus she is also a quick learner that makes her a deadly combination all around.

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Will training with Jones help her in making a successful MMA debut at PFL?

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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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