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Boxing champ Claressa Shields faces Brittney Elkin in MMA debut as part of PFL card on June 10 – MMA Root



Boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields officially arranged her first fight in mixed martial arts as she battled Brittney Elkin as part of the PFL card on June 10.

Promotion officials announced the news on Wednesday.

The Shields debut will take place as part of the card that will launch on ESPN2, launching the second half of next season.

“I am very excited to consolidate my legacy as the greatest woman of all time,” Shields said in a statement. “I can’t wait to step into the PFL cafe for the first time on June 10th and show the world that I have never given up on a challenge. I showed that I am the best boxer in the world, and eventually I plan to do the same as a mixed martial artist. “

Since signing a multi-year deal with PFL, Shields has been training at the famous Jackson-Wink Academy in Albuquerque, NM, under the guidance of Mike Winkeljohn and Greg Jackson. Shields also works with former UFC champion Holly Holm, who won multiple championships in boxing before transitioning to MMA.

As for Elkin, he will be fighting against the Shields with past fights in PFL and Bellator, with a total record of 3-6. Funny enough, Elkin served as the first opponent of two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison when she made her PFL debut in 2018.

That night Harrison sent Elkin with the first round arm to move 1-0 in his career.

“I am very grateful to be back in PFL and have the opportunity to fight Claressa Shields,” Elkin said. “I know he’s a great boxer, but this is MMA and I plan to show everyone that I am a versatile fighter no matter where the fight takes me.”

Shields vs. With the Elkin booked, more fights for the PFL card will be announced on the 10th of June in the coming weeks, following the start of the first match streak on April 23.

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