Claressa Shields has been praised by Conor McGregor ahead of her MMA debut.

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Claressa Shields has been praised by Conor McGregor ahead of her MMA debut.

Ahead of PFL 4, a UFC fighter lends his support to a two-time Olympic boxing champion.

Conor McGregor, the UFC superstar, has praised women’s boxing legend Claressa Shields ahead of her MMA debut at PFL 4 next month.

Shields won Olympic gold in boxing in London in 2012, then repeated the feat four years later in Rio, before going pro and winning world titles in three weight classes.

Shields won Olympic gold in boxing in London in 2012, then repeated the feat four years later in Rio, before going pro and winning world titles in three weight classes.

The Michigan native has been a strong champion for female fighters getting more exposure and opportunity than their male counterparts, and has commended MMA for presenting their top female talent on an equal footing with their male counterparts.

Shields joined with the PFL in December 2020, and has been training in Albuquerque with former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm ahead of her highly anticipated MMA debut.

On June 10 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Shields will face Brittney Elkin in PFL 4, with all eyes on “T-Rex” as she takes her first steps into an entirely different sport.

Shields received words of encouragement from the biggest celebrity in her new sport, Conor McGregor, who offered her a glowing endorsement and wished her luck in her first professional MMA fight.

In response to one of Shields’ tweets, he said on Twitter, “Respect this multi-weight world champion!”

“She’ll be fighting for the first time in MMA next month. A once-in-a-lifetime occurrence worthy of praise!”

Respect for this multi-weight world champion boxer! She’ll be fighting for the first time in MMA next month. A once-in-a-lifetime incident worthy of applause! Many of her male colleagues lack genuine courage.

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McGregor also took a jab at Shields’ male boxing colleagues, who have been known to call out MMA fighters but have been hesitant to venture into the octagon to put their skills to the test in the all-encompassing combat sports discipline of mixed martial arts.

“Brinkwire Summary News,” by current UFC heavyweight champion Francis.

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