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Claressa Shields Reportedly Inks Deal With PFL, MMA Debut Coming?

Unified middleweight champion Claressa Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) is reportedly going to debut in mixed martial arts.

According to a report by MMA Junkie, the two-time Olympic gold medal winner has signed an agreement with PFL (Professional Fighters League).

Shields last saw action in the ring back in January, when she dropped down in weight to capture the WBC, WBA junior middleweight titles with a lopsided decision over Ivana Habazin.

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MMA Junkie indicates that Shields signed the deal on Monday, and she will compete in both boxing and MMA in 2021.

Shields will be doing one-off fights at lightweight (155-pounds) and not taking part in the 2021 season.

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In recent years, Shields has discussed the possibility of competing in MMA - and doing crossover boxing matches with the likes of UFC champion Amanda Nunes and Bellator champ Cris Cyborg.

Several boxers in the last few years have taken part in MMA bouts, including Heather Hardy, Amanda Serrano and others.

Shields is still slated to face Marie Eve Dicaire in a junior middleweight unification in the first quarter of 2021.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by famicommander on 12-03-2020

[QUOTE=boliodogs;20921048]I can't stand her but she always wins her boxing matches. I think she will find MMA very different and will take some losses if she fights the best. She outboxes them of course but she is just a beginner…

Comment by Real King Kong on 12-03-2020

[QUOTE=Oldskoolg;20920335]You do realise she’s fighting other women right.....[/QUOTE] Yes and from an incredibly shallow pool of talent, which is why nobody cares.

Comment by boliodogs on 12-01-2020

I can't stand her but she always wins her boxing matches. I think she will find MMA very different and will take some losses if she fights the best. She outboxes them of course but she is just a beginner…

Comment by hitmanjosh on 12-01-2020

[QUOTE=Oldskoolg;20920207]Why do you think she hasn’t?[/QUOTE] Her accomplishments being a 2X gold medalist a multiple division champion and her pay is unreal. I personally think if she was very attractive and lighter with straight hair; her earnings would be greater.…

Comment by R-C on 12-01-2020

Good job unc!

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