On Wednesday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, unified junior middleweight and middleweight champion Claressa Shields will take part in her second mixed martial arts bout.
Shields (1-0, 1 KO) signed a deal with PFL [Professional Fighters League] and made her MMA debut in June, when he stopped Brittney Elkin in the third and final round.
Shields was behind in the fight, with the first two rounds going to Elkin. She was able to break Elkin down and put her away in the third.
She will face unbeaten Abigail Montes (2-0), who picked up a second round stoppage win in April.
Montes has studied Shields' MMA debut and feels confident in her ability to win the fight.
"I have been training really hard for this. Claressa in the world of boxing is who she is and there is no denying that and I am not going to sit here and say otherwise. But this is the world of MMA and this is something I have been training a long time for and have been really preparing myself for this opportunity. Every single weapon in my arsenal I am going to utilize in order to go after her as best that I can," Montes said.
"Every single trainer I have had are the best at what they do. I am using every effort to train and adapt all of their teachings so that I have the confidence to use everything that I have learned to really put it into action and this actions will speak for themselves. I can’t thank my trainers enough for all of the knowledge they have passed on. That’s why I am confident and I am ready.
"I don’t know what will happen in the cage but I feel that I am prepared for anything. I saw that Claressa made a lot of mistakes in her first MMA fight using Jiu Jitsu. While I can’t get overconfident, those mistakes that she made may happen again, so I just have to be ready for anything that she is ready to throw at me. Just because she is from the world of boxing and not Jiu Jitsu, I can’t bank on her making the same mistakes."