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Andrews: Claressa Shields will learn from her first MMA loss

Undisputed boxing champion Claressa Shields tasted defeat for the first time in her fledging MMA career at the 2021 PFL World Championship Wednesday night.

Abigail Montes, Shields opponent, took advantage of the aggressiveness of Shields to take her down in the final round and control her, grabbing the split-decision victory.

Give Montes full credit for a good performance. This win should help her get some recognition. She is now undefeated in three bouts, while Shields is 1-1-0.

Of course, a lot of naysayers came out online to crow about Shields’ loss. Jake Paul tweeted some interesting comments, trying to return some fire that Shields lobbed his way at the pre-fight press conference.

A lot of advice, criticism, and well-wishes from fans. Ultimately, it all means nothing.

It’s up to Shields to learn everything she can from the fight and come back stronger.

Claressa did look noticeably better in the cage than in her first fight against Brittney Elkin. She did rock Montes twice and when she was taken down, avoided significant damage despite being on the bottom.

As long as she keeps working with the folks at the Jackson-Winkeljohn gym in Arizona, she will be fine. She is indeed a fast learner.

Shields has publicly acknowledged her defeat and credited her opponent.

Now there here is a matter of a undisputed bout with Slovenia’s Ema Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KOs) on Dec. 11 in Birmingham, England.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the journey of Claressa Shields.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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