Claressa Shields stole the show in her MMA and PFL debut, getting the TKO win over Brittney Elkin.
Claressa Shields and Brittney Elkin entered the PFL octagon in a prototypical boxer vs. grappler matchup.
From the opening bell, Shields attempted to end the fight fast with some powerful right hands on the feet. Elkin would then take the fight to the ground quickly about a minute or so in the fight, and managed to control the inexperienced grappler Shields for a good chunk of the opening round.
The second round opened up with a few nasty 1-2 combos from Shields that appeared to wobble Elkin. But Elkin would then get the takedown and nearly secured an armbar that Shields miraculously managed to scramble out of.
Elkin attempted to get the fight back to the ground in the third and final round, but Shields displayed an impressive sprawl and defended the takedown with ease. Shields got the half mount and landed some hard strikes from the top with her signature right hand, getting the finish and the come-from-behind victory over Elkin.
While it wasn’t an easy outing for Claressa Shields in her debut, she has solidified herself as a rising star in women’s MMA.
After months of speculation and anticipation for Shields’ MMA debut after a long career in boxing, she met high expectations and is off to a great start in the PFL women’s lightweight division.
Shields rose to stardom by achieving an undefeated (11-0) record in boxing. She first made a name for herself by earning Olympic gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games. Shields made the transition to MMA and trains with some of the best in the business at Jackson-Wink Academy in NM; including Jon Jones, Michelle Waterson, and Holly Holm.
Shields is part of a star-studded PFL women’s lightweight division that includes the reigning champion, Kayla Harrison. Fans have been gitty about a potential dream matchup between Shields and Harrison since both transitioned to the world of MMA.
With the third-round knockout win, Shields is a force to be reckoned with in her young MMA career in the PFL women’s lightweight division.