Claressa Shields suffers her first MMA loss


HOLLYWOOD, Fla – Claressa Shields’ MMA business has taken a hit.

The multiple boxing champion suffered her first professional loss, losing a split decision to Mexico’s Abigail Montes on the main card of Wednesday’s 2021 PFL Championship event.

The 2021 PFL Championship took place Wednesday evening at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. The main card aired on ESPN2 and aired on ESPN + with the preliminaries exclusively on ESPN +.

Montes (3-0) defeated Shields (1-1) by split decision with scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29 on the judges’ cards.

It was a fairly uneventful fight where Montes was the most dominant fighter in the wrestling department.

Montes mostly stayed on the outside and looked to land and fight on the ground while avoiding Shields boxing. Montes couldn’t do much in round one, but she managed to have a fair number of hits in rounds 2 and 3.

In the second round, Shields had little offense and was pressed by Montes against the cage. Montes was also able to take the fight to the ground and control the fight there even though he didn’t have a lot of hitting offense.

In the third round, Shields didn’t have much offense on his feet. Montes got a putout and controlled and landed on the ground and the pound for half the turn.

With the result, Montes remained undefeated. The 21-year-old trains at Lobo Gym in Guadalajara alongside notable talents such as Irene Aldana, Alexa Grasso, Karina Rodriguez and Alejandra Lara.

Shields has professional careers in boxing and MMA. She is expected to defend her women’s WBA, WBC, IBF and The Ring titles against Ema Kozin on December 11 in Birmingham, England.

Shields blew him up at MMA in June. The boxing champion had a successful MMA debut, defeating Brittney Elkin via TKO in the third round at PFL 4 2021. Shields prepared and completed her MMA training at the world-famous JacksonWink Gym in Albuquerque.

Shields won gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012 as well as the Rio De Janeiro Olympics in 2016. She also holds gold medals at the World Championships and the Pan American Games.

The latest 2021 PFL Championship results include:

  • Abigail Montes beat. Claressa Shields by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Bruno Cappelozza beat. Ante Delija by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 48-46) – heavyweight final
  • Movlid Khaybulaev defeated. Chris Wade via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) – featherweight finish
  • Antonio Carlos Junior beat. Marthin Hamlet via Submission (Naked Rear Choke) – Round 1, 3:49 – mid-heavyweight finish
  • Raush Manfio defeated Loik Radzhabov by unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 49-46) – light finish
  • Jordan Young beat. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:32
  • Julia Budd def. Kaitlin Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Don Madge def. Nathan Williams via Submission (Naked Rear Choke) – Round 2, 2:15

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