“She Went For The Goddamn Takedown” – MMA Root

Claressa Shields is walking away from her first defeat, and she has something to think about.

Less than a year ago, Claressa Shields made the decision to pursue a career in MMA and sign a contract with the PFL. About seven months after making this fateful decision, she found herself in the Decagon against a much more experienced opponent – seven-year-old pro Britney Elkin. Elkin gave Shields everything she could handle in the much-publicized Olympian debut, but the Flint, Michigan native’s relentless stance was evident in her back-to-back win last June.

There was no fairytale ending this time around as Shields lost to Abigail Montes by split decision yesterday at the 2021 World Cup. While Shields is encouraged by some of the things she did well in her second pro fight, she can’t help but shake off some residual frustration with her opponent taking a takedown.

“I felt better there. I did a pretty good job with the cage, ”Shields told ESPN right after her loss. “It has always been on earth. You have to learn how to defend a takedown and all that. The game plan was to play better than my last fight. Of course win [also]but do better.

Abigail Montes demonstrates Claress Shields at the 2021 FIFA World Cup

“He keeps showing us what we need to work on and I worked a hell of a lot at camp. I knew I would look better. This was the last round that did it for me. She went to the damn fight and I didn’t answer quickly enough. “

As you might have guessed, Shields is already well aware of what is priority # 1 when she returns to Jackson Wink MMA in the near future. And in case you’re wondering, no, she has no plans to quit MMA.

“Keep on more ground games, keep on exercising more; it’s getting better, ”Shields said. “I still have two years left, so it’s not over yet.”

Do you think Claressa Shields has what it takes to recover from her first defeat in MMA?