The multiple division Boxing champion and the newly signed women’s PFL fighter Claressa Shields says that women’s MMA is marketed far better than women’s boxing.
PFL’s new prospect Claressa Shield recently made her debut for the promotion at PFL 4. In her highly anticipated MMA debut, she fought Brittney Elkin. She won the fight via technical knockout in round three. In November 2020, Shields had signed a three-year contract with Professional Fighters League and was going to make her mixed martial arts debut in 2021. Since Shields first announced that she will be competing in MMA as a pro, she started her training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and started training at JacksonWink MMA in late 2020.
Though she won her debut MMA contest it wasn’t as easy as she thought. She had to face a lot of adversity in the very first round of the fight as her opponent Elkin used her wrestling advantage and took Claressa down and tried to smash her. The boxing champion dealt with the early storm and came back and showed the MMA world that she is the real deal. she used her superior striking skills and landed some amazing shots before finally finishing her opponent in the third round of the fight.
Claressa Shields talks about Women’s MMA
The multiple division boxing champions have seen both worlds of combat sports. From being a boxer to being an MMA fighter, Shields has witnessed both the leading worlds in combat sports. According to her the way MMA promotes Women’s fighting is far better than how boxing promotes their women fighters.
“In my opinion, women’s MMA is more better than – more marketed than women’s boxing because it’s fair,” Shields said in a short video. “The women fight three five-minute rounds, so does the men. You fight for a world championship fight; five minutes, five rounds. Men and women. Boxing doesn’t have that. They have all these rules to make it seem like women are weaker and women aren’t capable.
“Boxing fans don’t like that. They want to see us fight 36 minutes, they want to see us get knockouts. It’s hard to get knockouts in 20 minutes. Nobody can tell me that I don’t have power. I just knocked out a girl in the third round and I was down two rounds, she wrestled me, jiu-jitsu’d me, all that, and I was still able to have gas and take her out. So I definitely have enough power but I don’t have enough time to knock these girls out, it’s only 20 minutes compared to 36.”
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