Claressa Shields is sustaining a constructive angle within the wake of her first fight sports activities loss at 2021 PFL Championship.
Shields (1-1), a two-time Olympic gold medalist and undefeated boxing champion, fell brief in her sophomore MMA effort Wednesday when she misplaced a break up determination to Abigail Montes (3-0). It was a aggressive, back-and-forth struggle, however in the end an incapability to rise up from her again in Round 3 price Shields the struggle.
After placing collectively a flawless boxing run and successful her MMA debut earlier this 12 months, Shields skilled defeat for the primary time as an expert fighter – in any sport. There have been instant questions on how she would deal with a setback, however the early indicators present her intent to bounce again stronger.
Shields took to social media Thursday and shared her perspective on the loss (by way of Twitter):
I loss a break up determination, I didn’t get my ass whooped 🤣 I additionally improved. All I’m going to do is return to the drafting board and continue to learn. No one stated this journey was going To be straightforward. MMA is new to me, I’m preventing on a world stage after solely 9 months of coaching. #blessed
The distinction in final evening was I’ve by no means needed to struggle and even prepare in a cage so rattling slippery. It’s all studying & simply totally different from boxing. I did loads of issues proper final evening. I simply loss a break up determination
Shields, 26, did have one critic she was eager to reply to after the loss: Jake Paul. In the lead-up to her 2021 PFL Championship struggle, Shields had rather a lot to say in regards to the YouTuber-turned-boxer, claiming she would by no means share a card with Paul and that she may beat him with one hand in a boxing match.
Paul took the chance to reply to Shields after her struggle, calling her a “loser” and tearing her down for having a nasty angle. Shields, in fact, had one thing to say in return (by way of Twitter):
😂 that is humorous. You come working once I lose a break up determination shortly new world mma however by no means even as soon as stated “congrats on all you’ve done and aspire to do.” 2 issues that stay Jake, I nonetheless struggle higher than you & you gained’t accomplish 10% of what I’ve in boxing or life
Unlike Jake I fought an actual mma fighter, he has but to face an actual boxer in boxing 😂 however Showtime will nonetheless again him although #Amerika
Shields is anticipated to return to the boxing ring earlier than the top of the 12 months now that PFL has concluded occasions till subsequent season. She stated she’s extra motivated than ever to proceed her MMA journey, although, and promised to degree up subsequent time she steps within the cage.
I’ll return to boxing in December and proceed my undefeated journey there and MMA we ain’t carried out! I received one thing for y’all ass subsequent 12 months! It’s on now! Y’all carried out fired me up with this one! Watch my subsequent mma struggle I’ll be on a unique degree! Not discouraged in any respect!