PFL 4: Claressa Shields is the fighter to watch


PFL will see the debut of world champion boxer Claressa Shields.

Usually most of these articles are saved for fighters decrease on the cardboard that folks don’t know. With PFL 4 developing, world champion boxer Claressa Shields will make her transition to MMA at 26-years-old and is coming in with all of the hype on this planet. In case you’ve been a fan of fight sports activities for longer than a couple of months, you most likely know who Shields is.

She’s a fairly large deal. So her involvement in PFL can also be an enormous deal. So why is a marque, headlining fighter, being positioned in a ‘fighter to look at’ listing? Regardless of her title worth, Shields is a rookie. She’s needed to be taught a complete 2/3 of a repertoire to return into the game. She’s a stellar boxer, however she has by no means used her legs in a pro-fight, nor was she somebody who skilled in grappling earlier than her MMA transition.

So she has quite a bit to show, regardless of her success in one other sport.

PFL is setting Claressa Shields up for achievement

Claressa Shields has a troublesome highway forward of her. We’ve seen boxers and even kickboxers transition to MMA with blended outcomes. One solely wants to have a look at James Toney at UFC 118 or Bellator’s Raymond Daniels. Each have been nice of their unique sport however each additionally noticed points with their transition. Toney was simply unqualified to ever be in an MMA ring. Daniels, then again, has suffered from a late begin in MMA. He’s largely been a can crusher (a great fighter wh to takes on low-quality opponents) thus far in his MMA profession however who is aware of what he can do with a bit extra time.

Shields wasn’t rushed in like Toney and isn’t previous her prime like Daniels. She’s within the prime of her athletic profession, and has been coaching for her transition in MMA for over eight months, and has been coaching underneath IBJJF no gi World Champion Roberto Alencar. The identical individual coaching Holly Holm.

Shields can also be coaching with JacksonWink MMA, a past refutable gymnasium on this planet of MMA.

Not simply that however PFL is matching Shields up in opposition to Brittney Elkin, who’s simply 3-6 in her profession. So the chances that Shields wins her first bout is excessive. Not often known as a power-puncher, Shields might discover new success in that realm with lighter gloves, however she’ll need to have the ability to apply to clinch or get her on the bottom to keep away from taking too many pictures. With the ability to stretch these new expertise in opposition to Elkin is a fairly good concept.

The hope is that Shields runs by way of the PFL Girls’s Light-weight Match to a finals look in opposition to top-dog Kayla Harrison. The 2 ladies are arguably on the high of their respective base disciplines (Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu for Harrison, boxing for Shields) and can be a headlining act for the season finale.

So as to get there, nonetheless, Shields has to win, and that each one begins at PFL 4. That’s why Shields is the fighter to look at as a result of she’s single-handily being picked to face off with Harrison, but when she struggles out the gate then the entire plan is out the door.

PFL 4 takes place on Thursday, June 10, 2021, dwell from Atlantic Metropolis, NJ. Comply with together with FanSided for all of your dwell information and highlights.


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