Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields is set to make her highly-anticipated return to MMA. Read about her multi-year agreement with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) and her upcoming debut in 2024 at 158 pounds.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-division boxing world champion, Claressa Shields, is set to make her return to the MMA cage. The Professional Fighters League (PFL) announced on Wednesday that they have reached a multi-year agreement with Shields, with her anticipated debut in 2024 at 158 pounds.
Shields, who holds the undisputed middleweight boxing championship, had a mixed performance in the PFL in 2021, going 1-1. However, she is widely recognized as the top pound-for-pound female boxer in the world.
In an exciting video shared on social media, Shields expressed her enthusiasm for her return to MMA. She stated, "All my fans, y’all have been asking me, when are you getting back to MMA, when are you getting back in the cage. Well, here you go. Me and the PFL have signed a great seven-figure deal."
With an impressive professional boxing record of 14-0, including two knockouts, Shields has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the ring. In June, she secured a unanimous decision victory over Maricela Cornejo.
Peter Murray, CEO of the Professional Fighters League, expressed his excitement about the re-signing of Shields. He stated, "It is a privilege to announce the PFL has re-signed the most dominant women’s boxer in the world, Claressa Shields, to a new multi-year agreement."
The PFL has been making significant moves in the combat sports world, recently signing Amanda Serrano, the undisputed featherweight boxing champion. Serrano, who holds a 2-0-1 MMA record, with both wins coming by submission.
Stay tuned for more updates on Claressa Shields’ journey in the MMA world as she prepares for her highly-anticipated return to the cage.
|Claressa Shields vs. Maricela Cornejo