UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Scott Coker thinks Claressa Shields will really combat once she faces an accomplished grappler.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist boxer and world champion Shields (1-0) made accurate in her MMA debut when she rallied to finish Brittney Elkin (3-7) in the third spherical in a non-regular season lightweight bout at at 2021 PFL 4 this past Thursday.
But Shields’ win didn’t near with out adversity when she came across herself trying to combat off a plump mount early. Although she showed toughness and heart to flip things around, Coker says the hole in her grappling game received’t be closed over night.
“Congratulations to her,” Coker informed reporters at the Bellator 260 put up-combat information conference. “She’s an Olympic medalist and she’s had a great world championship career in boxing. I accurate will say this: I think that the road gets remarkable tougher moving forward and somebody that really has a accurate wrestling background and accurate submission game is going to be very dangerous against a pure striker.
“It’s going to take her years to really learn the submission game and wrestling to combat somebody that has a wrestling pedigree that’s out there. It’s going to be very tricky. So that you may me, she’ll always have a shot because she has such great striking hands. But as far as moving forward, I think as the opponents accumulate tougher, I think she’s going to have her hands plump.”
Although Shields was dominated on the ground in the primary two rounds, she managed to escape taking any significant damage, and fended off an armbar attempt from Elkin. The 26-year-ragged, who spent her training camp at the famed Jackson Wink MMA, showed accurate composure for a debuting fighter and let her hands fly on each occasion she had, which ultimately led to the finish.