Let’s get proper to the purpose: If you happen to’re studying outcomes and highlights right here on Unhealthy Left Hook to learn how Claressa Shields did in her combined martial arts debut? You’re most likely not anticipating in-depth tactical evaluation of her efficiency. You simply need to understand how the two-time Olympic gold medalist and two division undisputed champ seemed in her inaugural MMA bout.
And that’s improbable, as a result of I’m nowhere close to an knowledgeable on this sport. However I did watch tonight. And to my untrained eye, Shields seemed uncooked, however confirmed tenacity and loads of potential.
It didn’t look nice for her by a lot of the combat. Firstly, Shields spent lower than a minute on her ft. The final 4 minutes of the primary spherical noticed her on the bottom, combating towards holds and strikes, with Elkin largely controlling the tempo and house.
Spherical 2 began nicely for Shields, with a sequence of heavy strikes touchdown on Elkin. However Shields was again on the bottom once more across the 1:15 mark of the spherical. And as soon as once more, she struggled to seek out her manner again to her ft. Late within the spherical, Shields nearly bought caught in an armbar. She managed to tug clear, and landed a couple of extra photographs from on high within the final 15 seconds.
The work Shields put in on the finish of spherical 2 appeared to linger into the ultimate body. Elkin was not totally recovered, and Shields was capable of press the benefit towards her, lastly capable of strike from on high.
She spent a lot of the third battering Elkin with photographs to the top, till a referee stoppage at 1:44 of the spherical.
Shields clearly has loads of work to do. Nevertheless it’s work in a brand new sport, after she’s largely swept away anybody and everybody she might probably face as a boxer. For her first combat in a complete new type, Shields gave a fantastic account of herself. She battled by adversity, averted or slipped a number of potential submission holds, and used her great conditioning and totally developed punching ability to assert victory and begin her new profession off proper.
She’s not the Biggest MMA Girl Of All Time, however she’s actually not embarrassing herself on the market. Not each boxer that’s tried to cross over previously can say the identical.
After the combat, Shields was ecstatic, saying “I really feel like I’m dreaming! That is loopy!” She’s clearly thrilled with the outcome, and it’ll be attention-grabbing to see how far she will go as an MMA fighter.
Co-Characteristic: Clay Collard vs. Joilton Lutterbach
Clay Collard was one of many few winners of Our Quarantine Yr. The nationwide treasure of the MGM Grand Bubble loved a 5-0 boxing run to start out 2020, together with three upset wins towards undefeated prospects. However after a pair of determination losses in December 2020 and February of this 12 months, Collard determined to change again to MMA for some time.
Collard scored an upset unanimous determination over Anthony Pettis in his first PFL combat again in April as a part of PFL 2021 #1. Tonight, he navigated a troublesome matchup towards an opponent who got here in over weight, incomes a cut up determination win.
Collard began out aggressive, bought himself caught up in an disagreeable prolonged chokehold, one way or the other broke free, landed a sequence of savage strikes on Lutterbach, then spent the majority of spherical one wrapped up on the bottom.
The second spherical was rather more vertical and strike-heavy, largely to Collard’s profit. He landed a sequence of spectacular blows on Lutterbach, and managed to navigate holds and cage grappling rather more cleanly.
The third and remaining spherical was robust for this novice MMA analyst to interpret. Collard bought taken down repeatedly. However he landed loads of strong photographs to Luttenbach’s head and neck, even from the underside of the tie-ups. As a boxing fan, it seemed like a Collard spherical to me.
Two out of three judges apparently agreed, and Collard took a cut up determination victory (29-28 x2, 28-29). He strikes on to the PFL playoffs, and I salute his success.