Shields begins MMA journey towards jiu-jitsu specialist Elkin – PFL 2021 season premieres on Friday, April 23 in primetime on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+
NEW YORK (April 14, 2021) – The Skilled Fighters League (PFL), the quickest rising and most modern sports activities league, as we speak introduced the world’s finest feminine boxer and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Claressa Shields, will make her PFL MMA debut towards Brittney Elkin on June 10. The match will likely be aired stay and in primetime on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3 (Spanish) within the U.S. and on main broadcast and streaming shops in additional than 160 nations worldwide.
The 26-year-old has been coaching with among the sport’s largest stars forward of her debut in Atlantic Metropolis. Since asserting her determination to affix PFL final December, Shields has been prepping at Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico alongside former world champions Jon Jones and Holly Holm. The three-division boxing champion is about to enter the 2022 PFL season.
“I’m very excited to cement my legacy because the Best Girl of All Time,” mentioned Shields. “I can’t wait to step into the PFL cage for the primary time on June 10 and present the world that I by no means again down from a problem. I’ve proven I’m the perfect boxer on this planet and finally I intend to do the identical factor as a combined martial artist.”
Elkin has a profession file of 3-6-0 and the brown belt jiu-jitsu athlete has expertise competing throughout Bellator, Sparta Fight League and Combat 2 Win. Her first and solely matchup with the PFL got here in June 2018 when she battled future PFL champion Kayla Harrison, shedding through submission in Spherical 1.
“I’m very grateful to be again within the PFL and to have this chance to sq. off with Claressa Shields,” Elkin mentioned. “I do know she is a superb boxer however that is MMA and I plan to point out everybody that I’m a well-rounded fighter who can compete wherever the battle takes me.”
“We’re thrilled to announce the extremely anticipated PFL debut of the world’s consensus prime feminine pound-for-pound boxer, Claressa Shields,” mentioned PFL President of Fighter Operations, Ray Sefo. “We’ve seen the movies of her coaching contained in the cage and may’t wait to see the showdown between her and Brittney Elkin on June 10.”
The remainder of the June 10 card will likely be introduced within the coming weeks.
Skilled Fighters League has shortly established itself because the No. 2 MMA firm on this planet. The league has skilled large YoY development throughout digital channels – 68% follower improve on Instagram, 30% whole viewers development throughout digital and a 200% social engagement spike.
With the addition of world-class expertise – from elite fighters to established enterprise executives – and partnering with industry-leading manufacturers comparable to Anheuser-Busch InBev, GEICO, CarParts.com and Socios, the PFL continues to speed up its international growth. Sports activities followers throughout greater than 160 nations round world will have the ability to tune in to the league’s extremely anticipated return on April 23 in Atlantic Metropolis, NJ.