No longer precise a boxer, Claressa Shields is now a winning combined martial artist.
Shields (1-0), the two-time Olympic gold medalist and champion boxer, made her prolonged-awaited MMA debut on Thursday at 2021 PFL 4 towards Brittney Elkin (3-7) in a non-accepted season lightweight bout, rallying to win by third-spherical TKO. The wrestle served because the fundamental match of the evening on the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., which aired on ESPN 2.
Elkin kept Shields at distance early by threatening with kicks. A minute into the wrestle, Elkin shot in for a takedown and successfully carried out the strive. The indispensable take a look at of Shields’ profession on the mat turned into answered, as she worked her methodology again to her toes snappy, and ended up on top of Elkin after a drag and started touchdown some onerous punches.
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Elkin turned into ready to rep her region on top, conserving the ground stress excessive on her opponent. Just a few moments later, she transitioned to plump mount and started switching between searching for submissions and touchdown ground and pound until the spherical ended.
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Shields started the second spherical with a little bit more urgency by letting her fingers soar and landed a couple of factual punches. Elkin wasn’t fascinated about spending too phenomenal time on the toes and took the wrestle to the mat all all over again, returning to plump mount.
Elkin didn’t urge something else from the region, knowing she turned into the more experienced fighter on the mat. Towards the cease of the spherical, she jumped on an armbar strive, however Shields turned into ready to scoot it and accumulate to her knees. From there, Shields landed onerous punches until the spherical ended while Elkin coated up.
The third spherical started with Elkin shooting in for a takedown that Shields defended neatly. After the sprawl, Shields rained down onerous punches while Elkin held on to her opponent’s legs. With the risk of regaining region lessened, Shields continued to throw punches on the ground until the referee seen sufficient.
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“I in level of fact feel fancy I am dreaming! That is crazy,” Shields talked about for the length of her post-wrestle interview.
After stuffing the takedown within the third spherical, Shields’ nook wanted the boxer to return to the toes to let her fingers poke.
“They were asserting let her up, and I precise told myself, ‘hell naw’,” Shields talked about.
Shields, 26, joined the PFL in 2020 and has been coaching at Jackson Wink MMA for over seven months alongside broken-down UFC champions Holly Holm and Jon Jones to put together for the jump from the boxing ring to the cage. On Thursday, the takedown protection she picked up within the coaching room led her to victory.
Undefeated within the boxing ring, she will be able to now call herself an undefeated MMA fighter as neatly after a formidable crossover debut in Saturday’s fundamental match.