‘McGregor Has Sent Me Tips’- Claressa Shields Says Conor McGregor Has Been Helping Her Prepare

Published 05/26/2021, 11:47 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 17: Welterweight fighter Conor McGregor is interviewed by UFC’s Joe Rogan during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 246 at Park Theater at Park MGM on January 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will face Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on January 18 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Boxing champion turned MMA fighter, Claressa Shields, shared her thoughts before her MMA debut. Shields will compete under the unified MMA rules for the first time on June 10 under the PFL banner. She takes on Brittney Elkin inside the Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City, and is looking to make a meaningful impact.

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‘T-Rex’ Shields has taken all the necessary steps to ensure that her transition into a new sport is as smooth as can be. Along the way, she found mentors in several high-level MMA fighters who believe in her potential. Claressa Shields has shown that he has the mettle to rise up to become a star and capture the attention of fans.

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Claressa Shields touches on Conor McGregor’s influence

One of the high-profile MMA fighters who has reached out to Claressa Shields has been Conor McGregor. ‘The Notorious’, who is on record supporting Shields, is excited to see how she makes the switch. In fact, Claressa Shields revealed to Oscar Willis from ‘TheMacLife’ that Conor McGregor had sent her tips regarding the art of MMA striking.

“I’m super excited that he’s excited about me fighting. I’m happy that everybody’s respecting my work ethic you know, and some people put me higher than what I put myself right now, but it’s great to have another great reach out to you who’s been great in the sport of MMA like Jonny Bones, Holly Holmes, Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor.”

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“To have them reach out and let me know that they’re going to be watching and also to give me some tips. McGregor has sent me tips on like look ‘you need to work on this, get balance on that one foot… get used to bouncing on that single leg so you can pull your leg out like just even that.”

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 11: UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout at the UFC Performance Institute on August 11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Claressa Shields has made her mark in boxing. Now, she is on the cusp of possibly reaching stardom in MMA. Under the right circumstances, ‘T-Rex’ has the potential of drawing in big fights and even moving into the UFC. A lot is riding on her first fight. Do you think she will succeed?

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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