HomeBoxingPFL 4 Results – Claressa Shields Makes Victorious MMA Debut, Stops Brittney Elkin In Third
PFL 4 Results – Claressa Shields Makes Victorious MMA Debut, Stops Brittney Elkin In Third
June 11, 2021
Boxing three division champion Claressa Shields made a victorious entrance into the MMA world with a third round stoppage victory over Brittney Elkin in the Main Event of PFL 4, which took place on Thursday night at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The lineal junior middleweight and middleweight champion forced a stoppage at exactly 1:44 minutes of the third round, pounding away on a defenceless Elkin.
“I just seen that she didn’t like getting hit. She was exposed. Coach kept saying, ‘Let her out.’ I was like, ‘I’m not letting her up.’ She turned toward me. I pushed myself toward her again, and it was over.“
The fight could go down as one of the most demanding fights the Olympian has been involved in recently. Shields spent about a year training for her MMA debut but her incredible boxing abilities were evident throughout the three round bout, while Elkin was dominant when the fight was taken to the canvas, especially in the first round.
Elkin held Shields off in the opening round, avoiding the incoming attacks and then successfully scored a takedown, complementing that with total dominance, pinning the Boxing champion to the Mat for most of the five minutes of the first round. All Shields was able to do was avoid more damage.
“Every time I sat down in the corner, I was like ‘Damn, I lost another round,’” noted Shields. “I came out for the second round, lost the second round. Then came the third round, my coach said to not get taken down. She got me on the ground but she never hurt me. None of her punches hurt me. None of her armbars—nothing.
“When that third round came, I was there to destroy her.”
Shields came out shooting with her most potent arsenal in the second round striking for the kill, she dazed the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist till Elkin succeeded in taking her down again. Elkin dominated the fight from then but not as much as the first round. Shields in her path showed her ground game, avoiding the attacks from Elkin. Shields was to get herself finishing the round on a high note but that wasn’t enough to win the round.
Shields was determined to win the fight and that was seen in the third round. She quickly sent Elkin into troubled waters with her clean punching, dropping her and pounding her out on the mat. She landed clean hands repeatedly on Elkin’s head.
“I never doubted myself in a boxing match in my life. MMA is something like, it’s possible I can lose this first fight,” Shields admitted during her ESPN2 post-fight interview. “I don’t want to lose but all I could do was just try not to lose. I just had a never quit attitude every round.”
Shields ended the fight with some good accuracy, connecting 90 of 96 total strikes, 39 of 41 arm strikes and 49 of 52 on the ground. Shields is now 12-0 in professional Combat Sports, 11-0 in Boxing and 1-0 in PFL.