Recent off of claiming undisputed standing in a second division, Claressa Shields now turns her consideration to blended martial arts, the place she’ll make her debut on a June tenth Skilled Fighters League present.
Just like the promotion’s different upcoming occasions, the prelims will air on ESPN+ forward of the ESPN2 predominant card.
Shields (11-0, 2 KO) should not have any scarcity of potential opponents. PFL, previously generally known as the World Sequence of Preventing, primarily constructed a 155-pound division for the sake of Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison. It’s, nonetheless, slightly missing within the form of marquee names Shields would wish to face to claim her “GWOAT” standing; the ladies’s MMA expertise pool dries up above 135 kilos and is borderline nonexistent above 145, leaving Harrison as the one goal of be aware.
And with all due respect to Shields, it might take years of devoted coaching for an MMA match with Harrison to be something however a slaughter.
The PFL common season kicks off on April twenty third with the lightweights (155 lbs.) and featherweights (145 lbs.), together with breakout boxing star Clay Collard’s battle with former WEC and UFC champion Anthony Pettis.
UPDATE: Salita Promotions has formally introduced that Shields will face 3-6 Brittney Elkin. Elkin, who’s fought beneath the PFL and Bellator banners earlier than, returns to the cage for the primary time since struggling an damage stoppage in January 2019.
“I’m very excited to cement my legacy because the Best Lady of All Time,” mentioned Shields. “I can not 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 one of the best boxer on the planet and ultimately I intend to do the identical factor as a blended martial artist.”
“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.”