2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist and three-division professional boxing champion, Claressa Shields has signed with MMA promotion PFL (Professional Fighters League).
She will be making her MMA debut next year and is also expected to continue boxing. The news was initially reported by MMAJunkie and later confirmed by other outlets, although, PFL hasn’t made any announcement yet.
Shields who is the current WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO middleweight champion has expressed interest in fighting inside the cage for quite some time now. She attended UFC 245, where UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes successfully defended her title against Germaine De Randamie.
Claressa Shields has already been working on her MMA game. She was seen working out with former UFC featherweight champion and current Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg back in 2017.
Claressa Shields talks about her transition to MMA
Claressa Shields had previously made it clear that she wasn’t going to transition into MMA without proper training.
“I’m not going in there blind. I’m not,” Shields said. “I can kick a little bit and I’ve been learning some jiu-jitsu and some submission moves and stuff like that, but I haven’t done this seriously enough to where I can do this stuff in my sleep. I can box in my sleep. I can’t do that stuff. I have to really think hard about the moves I’ve learned and the things I’ve learned and the techniques of kicking where in boxing I know how to let my hands go and the form and the power and everything. It just already embedded in me.
“I want to get MMA to be the same way.” (h/t – espn)
Claressa Shields is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Ivana Habazin earlier this year. She is currently 10-0 in her pro boxing career.
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