Claressa Shields, the boxing champ who said she was the greatest of all time behind Muhammad Ali, has claimed she can become a great MMA and “it fights it all” as she prepares for her debut in her new discipline.
Confrontational Shields claimed she had to make fun of herself to deserve the credit she deserves in March, and two months after warning she could beat “98 percent” of men, she has the gaps between new and Old downplayed disciplines and was hailed by UFC loudmouth Conor McGregor.
The man who made the opposite move when he lost to Floyd Mayweather in 2017 has described Shields’ move as “a rare occurrence to be commended”.
“Respect this multi-weight boxing world champion who is going to be in her first MMA fight next month,” he said, looking at Shields’ bow in the Professional Fighters League (PFL).
Respect this world champion in boxing with multiple weights! Will take part in her first MMA fight next month. A rare event that deserves praise! Real courage that many of her male colleagues do not have. Good luck, Clarissa! Another multi-weight, multi-sport savage! Welcome 😎 https://t.co/eIQuIPV7yr
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 7, 2021
“Real courage that many of your male colleagues don’t have. Good luck Clarissa. Another multi-weight, multi-sport savage.
Shields thanked McGregor and subtly indicated that he had misspelled her name. “I take it very seriously,” she promised. “I’m ready to prove a point, just like you.”
The 26-year-old Michigan athlete poked fun at the challenges of boxers like British WBO middleweight champion Savannah Marshall.
That’s the F I’m talking about, sister. You accidentally aren’t the best, you did the job, you have the discipline and you don’t fear anyone! Make everyone aware of it !! Let’s get it sister 😉 🎤
– Amanda Serrano @ (@Serranosisters) May 7, 2021
As a two-time Olympic champion and currently undisputed defending champion in the light middleweight division, she was once the undisputed ruler in the middleweight division. All of this could explain why she feels like she has little more to prove in a fist fight.
“MMA and boxing are different, yes,” she accepted after filming herself jogging around a PFL ring in preparation for her first fight in about five weeks.
“But it’s all a fight. It’s about strength, IQ, heart, discipline, nutrition, lifestyle: everything that is.
Exactly. But do not hurry. It takes time to learn how to fight back submission or throws from girls who have been learning judo for years, like Kayla. I like that you acknowledge that you want to be a complete fighter. This will need time.
– Myacctwassusp1 (@ myacctwassusp1) May 7, 2021
It can definitely be done, but it’s just unlikely to hold a belt in a division with great wrestlers or kickers who have done it forever. Obviously, the key is knocking down the defenses and defending kicks. These two things all day and all night lol.
– Austin Olivas (@olivas_austin) May 7, 2021
“It’s not impossible for me to be great at MMA. I have everything it takes. And I’m not scared or intimidated by any of you MMA cocks.”
Sheilds calls herself the greatest woman in boxing, and another fighter who could claim that crown, fourweight champion Amanda Serrano, added to her clamor.
“That’s the F I’m talking about, sister,” said Serrano. “You are accidentally not the best.
“You work, you have the discipline and you fear no one. Get them all noticed. Let us understand, sister.”
There were some cautionary words on social media. “From girls who have been learning judo for years, like Kayla, learn how to defend themselves against submission on their backs or against throws [Harrison] takes time, “said one.
“I like that you acknowledge that you want to be a complete fighter. It takes time, though.”
Another said, “It can definitely be done – however, it’s just unlikely to hold a belt in a division with great wrestlers or kickers who have done it forever.
“The key, obviously, is paring and defending kicks. Those two things, all day and the bloody night.”
PFL lightweight Brittney Elkin, who has lost nine of her 16 professional bouts, including one against Harrison, is waiting for Shields on June 10th. Elkin has won three of her last four fights and will face the newcomer in the lightweight.
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