See how fellow fighters reacted to the MMA debut of Claressa Shields, who defeated Brittney Elkin at PFL 4
Whereas the Skilled Fighters League (PFL) ventured on with its 2021 season, many of the focus of PFL 4 surrounded the MMA debut of girls’s boxing world champion Claressa Shields.
Shields, who’s the one American boxer to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, turned professional in 2016, and he or she has since gained world championships throughout three completely different weight lessons. After turning into an undisputed middleweight champion in 2019, Shields dropped to mild middleweight and gained the undisputed title in that division earlier this 12 months.
Elkin entered this combat 3-6 in her skilled MMA profession, having not fought since struggling a TKO loss by way of harm in January 2019 in opposition to Bobbi-Jo Dalziel. Elkin was additionally the primary opponent for Kayla Harrison when the judo gold medalist made her pro-MMA debut with the PFL in 2018. Harrison gained by way of first-round submission.
Fighters react to boxing nice Claressa Shields scoring a comeback win in her skilled MMA debut
After a little bit of feeling out, Elkin managed to land a takedown on Shields. Shields was capable of reverse positioning however rapidly discovered herself again on the underside, with Elkin taking full mount by the halfway level of the primary spherical. Elkin practically locked in an armbar within the first spherical’s closing minute, and whereas she didn’t get it, she landed some brutal ground-and-pound.
Again on the toes to begin the second, Shields landed a few heavy proper palms and stuffed an Elkin takedown try. Elkin, nevertheless, reversed the place and bought into aspect management and troubled Shields by dominating from prime for many of the spherical. Elkin, nevertheless, misplaced an armbar within the closing 30 seconds of the spherical, permitting for Shields to land some laborious pictures from prime earlier than the bell.
Elkin went for the takedown nearly instantly within the third spherical, however Shields stuffed and went to work, touchdown a barrage of punches from the highest for practically two minutes till the combat was stopped.
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PFL 4 befell on Thursday, June 10, 2021, dwell from Atlantic Metropolis, NJ. Observe together with FanSided for all of your dwell information and highlights.