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Claressa Shields Has One Name In Mind For PFL Super Fight

PFL vs. Bellator

For Claressa Shields, if she could select one opponent for a super-fight in her next PFL bout it would be Cris Cyborg.

Shields, who has split her time between the boxing ring and the mixed martial arts cage, revealed in an interview with MMA Junkie that she would love to test her skills vs. Cyborg.

The bout is much closer to possibly happening after the acquisition of Bellator MMA – and Cyborg – by the PFL earlier this year. The promotion has several key opponents lined up for Cyborg including Kayla Harrison and Larissa Pacheco.

“The fight that I see, it’s the scariest fight for me in MMA,” Shields said. “(It) would be me vs. Cris Cyborg. She’s a GOAT in MMA and I’m a GOAT in boxing.

“We both have multiple world titles in our field. I feel that fight right there would be the biggest fight and a fight that I would get up for.”

Shields, who has held boxing championships in three weight classes, is one of only three boxers in history – female or male – to hold all four major world titles in boxing (the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO) in two weight classes.

She also won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics and again four years later at the 2016 Summer Olympics, putting together a 14-0 record as a professional.

The last bout for Shields came in June when she retained her belts with a decision win over Maricela Cornejo.

Twice in 2021 Shields fought for PFL in MMA bouts, besting Brittney Elkin via TKO before falling to Abigail Montes via split decision.

“I would get up for a fight against Kayla or Larissa,” she said. “Those girls are badasses and good at what they do. But Cris just seems like she’s the best.

“If I had to pick a dream fight, it would be against her. I feel she’s better than Kayla and Larissa.”

Harrison, also an Olympic medalist, was unbeaten before falling to Pacheco last year in the PFL tournament finals. Pacheco switched divisions this year and claimed another PFL championships in the process.

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