'Conor McGregor sent me some tips': Claressa Shields on UFC star's help ahead of MMA debut


    Women’s boxing’s pound-for-pound star Claressa Shields is all set to make her eagerly-anticipated MMA debut next month, and she’s been soaking up the knowledge from a host of the sport’s biggest names as she has prepare for her maiden mixed martial arts bout.

    Shields has been training at the famed Jackson-Wink MMA gym in New Mexico, where she has sharpened her newly acquired MMA skills alongside UFC pound-for-pound great Jon Jones and former UFC women’s champion and ex-boxing world champ Holly Holm.

    But the support has come from beyond the walls of the Albuquerque-based team, with Shields revealing that she had received backing from the biggest star in the sport.

    Conor McGregor tweeted his support for Shields last week, and the two-time Olympic boxing champion revealed that the Irish superstar had even reached out to offer some technical pointers and advice ahead of her debut.

    “It feels great,” she said. 

    “I’m super-excited that he’s excited about me fighting. 

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    Shields also said she’s received wrestling advice from Ben Askren, and additional tips from her friend and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and she’s excited to see how so many big names from the sport have taken the time to offer her support ahead of her debut.

    Shields will take on Brittney Elkin at PFL 4 on June 10 in Atlantic City, and she said that she hopes to make her big-name backers proud with a successful maiden performance inside the PFL cage.

    “I’m happy that everybody’s looking forward to me fighting, and I don’t want to let nobody down, so I’ll go in there and do my best.”


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