After recording her first victory as an expert blended martial artist in June, Claressa Shields will return to the PFL cage on Oct. 27, the boxing champion introduced Thursday.
PFL officers confirmed to ESPN that she’s going to face Abigail Montes, 21, of Mexico.
“I am at all times in coaching. I am at all times working,” Shields stated on SportsCenter on Thursday morning. “It is actually simply specializing in studying every part and turning into an MMA fighter. So again to the jiu-jitsu, again to the wrestling, again to the ground-and-pound — there’s a lot work I’ve to place in.”
Shields got here from behind to defeat Brittney Elkin in her MMA debut on June 10. Elkin had dominated Shields for the primary two rounds, taking her down, sustaining place and touchdown strikes on the bottom. Shields turned the tables within the third, taking Elkin down and hitting her with knees and punches earlier than the referee stepped in to cease the struggle.
Shields was tentatively scheduled to struggle on Aug. 27, however as a substitute, her subsequent bout will come within the ultimate occasion of the PFL season. Within the meantime, Shields, ESPN’s No. 2 boxer in its women’s pound-for-pound rankings, has not taken one other boxing struggle and continues to coach at Jackson Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“We do not simply neglect about my boxing,” she stated. “We add every part to my boxing as a result of that is my strongest level. I do know what I am doing on the bottom, I do know what I am doing standing up, after all, and I understand how to get out of these harmful positions and what to do even when I am unable to determine utterly learn how to rise up — to attempt to keep away from these armbars and people triangles. That is been the most important factor to date, and now that we have been studying and dealing on the sprawling expertise, now it is simply ensuring that we do not get taken down and we end ladies standing up.”
Shields-Montes is not going to be a part of the PFL “league” however might be a featured bout for the group.
Montes is 2-0 in MMA, along with her final struggle in April a victory over Teresita De Jesus Lopez within the iKon Preventing Federation.