Claressa Shields Reveals What Spurred Interest In Amanda Nunes Fight

In case you thought she wasn’t serious, unified women’s boxing middleweight champion Claressa Shields will begin her mixed martial arts (MMA) training this year. Talk has ramped up of the boxer facing two-weight UFC champion Amanda Nunes in potential crossover fights in boxing and MMA. For now, though, it looks like MMA is the plan. […]

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In case you thought she wasn’t serious, unified women’s boxing middleweight champion Claressa Shields will begin her mixed martial arts (MMA) training this year.

Talk has ramped up of the boxer facing two-weight UFC champion Amanda Nunes in potential crossover fights in boxing and MMA. For now, though, it looks like MMA is the plan.

But how did the whole idea even pop up in the first place? For Shields, it was when the combat sports world started labelling Nunes as having the best hands in any sport:

“I remember when Amanda Nunes knocked out Cris Cyborg and, I don’t know who said it, but they said, ‘Amanda Nunes has the best hands that we’ve seen in any sport, boxing or MMA,’ and I was like, ‘No! We are not going to do that. We are not going to say that Amanda Nunes has better hands than me,’” Shields told BJ Penn. “I’m a two-time Olympic gold medalist in boxing. I just wasn’t going to settle for that.

“That’s why I wanted to have a fight with her in boxing because when she beats girls in the UFC, the majority [of her wins] are with her hands. She knocked out Cris Cyborg with one punch. For me, I want to get in there and fight her because of that.”

Nunes doesn’t seem too interested in a boxing fight though. That is why Shields is making a compromise and venturing into the world of MMA.

Although she will be at a disadvantage, she feels she is young enough to get to grips with the many martial arts she has no experience with:

“MMA contains boxing, boxing doesn’t contain MMA,” Shields added. “That’s why I thought the fight would be more fair with boxing. I can understand her feeling like she’s coming in at a disadvantage in boxing, so that’s why I said I would gladly learn some jiu-jitsu and some wrestling, and I already know how to box.

“So I would get in the cage and do it on that side just to make it fair because Mayweather beat up McGregor in boxing, but who knows how Mayweather would do in the cage against McGregor? I feel like I’m young enough to take the time to learn these things and actually get in there and win. I don’t go into nothing like, ‘hopefully I win’, I’m going in there looking for 100-percent win factor.”

Shields expects to make her MMA debut by the end of 2020.

What do you make of Shields and her venturing into the MMA world?

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Clarissa Shields Explains How UFC Disrespect Pushed Her Into MMA

Clarissa Shields is diving into the sport of MMA with a big chip on her shoulder, put there in large part by the UFC crew. UFC 232 was not just any Amanda Nunes victory, but a very legitimate case can be made that it was the biggest of them all, which …

Clarissa Shields is diving into the sport of MMA with a big chip on her shoulder, put there in large part by the UFC crew. UFC 232 was not just any Amanda Nunes victory, but a very legitimate case can be made that it was the biggest of them all, which is saying quite a […]

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Clarissa Shields Responds to Nunes’ “Wrestle the Sh*t Out of You” Warning

Clarissa Shields heard Amanda Nunes’ warning that she would “wrestle the shit out of” her if Shields ever stepped into the Octagon against her, and she remains undeterred. It was revealed Friday that Clarissa Shields is aiming to make her mixed martial…

Clarissa Shields heard Amanda Nunes’ warning that she would “wrestle the shit out of” her if Shields ever stepped into the Octagon against her, and she remains undeterred. It was revealed Friday that Clarissa Shields is aiming to make her mixed martial arts debut in 2020, this coming after she expressed interest in fighting Amanda […]

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Dana White Reveals When He Knew Amanda Nunes Became The GOAT

Two-weight UFC champion Amanda Nunes has been unanimously regarded and referred to as the GOAT. After all, she hasn’t suffered defeat since 2014, she is currently on a 10-fight winning streak and she notably holds both the women’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. In addition, she has beaten the who’s-who when it comes to female fighters. […]

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Two-weight UFC champion Amanda Nunes has been unanimously regarded and referred to as the GOAT.

After all, she hasn’t suffered defeat since 2014, she is currently on a 10-fight winning streak and she notably holds both the women’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. In addition, she has beaten the who’s-who when it comes to female fighters.

But when exactly did she go from being a champion to the GOAT? According to UFC president Dana White, it was when she starched Cris Cyborg in less than a round to win the 145-pound strap:

“One of the scariest fighters of all time, Cris Cyborg, Amanda absolutely destroyed her,” White told UFC.com in a recent interview of when he thought Nunes became the GOAT. “The fastest knockout in that division. 

“Every GOAT is established through time. It’s not just who you beat, but how you beat them. If you look at who she’s beat, it’s the who’s-who. And if you look at how she beat them…there aren’t a lot of women knocking other women out. She knocks women out.”

Nunes will look to continue consolidating her place as the GOAT in 2020 with Irene Aldana looking likely to be her next opponent at bantamweight.

Do you agree with White?

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Bleacher Report 2019 MMA Awards: Best Fighter, Fight, Stoppages and Story

The UFC held 41 different events in 2019. That’s roughly 500 fights this year in the UFC alone. Across the sport, there were literally thousands of chances to make an impression…

The UFC held 41 different events in 2019. That’s roughly 500 fights this year in the UFC alone. Across the sport, there were literally thousands of chances to make an impression…

Dan Lambert Says Claressa Shields Would Get Smashed By Amanda Nunes In MMA Fight

American Top Team owner, Dan Lambert is uninterested in seeing Claressa Shields crossover to MMA and fight Amanda Nunes. Lambert knows it is building hype, yet he knows it would not be a close fight and Nunes would dominate the boxing champion. “Clares…

American Top Team owner, Dan Lambert is uninterested in seeing Claressa Shields crossover to MMA and fight Amanda Nunes. Lambert knows it is building hype, yet he knows it would not be a close fight and Nunes would dominate the boxing champion. “Claressa would probably get smashed,” Lamber told MMA Fighting when asked about an […]

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