FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Claressa Shields survived on the bottom lengthy sufficient to capitalize on the second in her skilled MMA debut when she rallied to defeat Brittney Elkin in June.
The expertise supplied her with quite a few items of knowledge: what she did unsuitable, what she did proper, and what she must do in another way.
Ahead of her second professional MMA combat Wednesday on the 2021 PFL Championship occasion, Shields (1-0) thinks her time spent at Jackson Wink MMA in latest weeks will repay.
“It’s always the ground game,” Shields advised MMA Junkie at a pre-fight media day Monday. “It’s always adding more to my offensive arsenal. It’s not just defensive ground game but also offensive ground game stuff. Then, also, too, you’ve got to fix the mistakes that happened in the first fight.”
For the primary two weeks of coaching camp in preparation for Abigail Montes (2-0), Shields centered on the errors she made the primary time round. After that, it was about rounding out her recreation as an entire.
“(We looked at) how I could have a better IQ when they’re going for a takedown and things of that nature,” Shields mentioned. “We fixed that first before we actually started getting ready for Abigail.”
Known for her projected self-confidence (along with her adorned boxing background, in fact), Shields revealed it’s not simply her who thinks she’ll be higher this time round. During latest Brazilian jiu-jitsu periods, Shields has been receiving compliments from these round her.
“I was live rolling in jiu-jitsu last week and somebody was like, ‘It looks like you’re a blue belt,’” Shields mentioned. “I was like, ‘What the hell? No, (I’m) not a blue belt. It takes three years to get there, so don’t do that.’ But I know I’m definitely learning to where I understand it, and I know what I’m doing.”
2021 PFL Championship takes place Wednesday at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla. The card airs on ESPN2 and streams on ESPN+ after prelims on ESPN+.
Check out Claressa Shields’ full pre-fight feedback within the video above.