Conor McGregor heaps praise on Claressa Shields ahead of boxing star's MMA debut

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UFC superstar Conor McGregor has singled out women’s boxing great Claressa Shields for praise ahead of her MMA debut at PFL 4 next month.

Shields captured Olympic boxing gold at London 2012, then repeated the feat in Rio four years later before turning professional and capturing world titles in three different weight classes.

Shields captured Olympic boxing gold at London 2012, then repeated the feat in Rio four years later before turning professional and capturing world titles in three different weight classes.

The Michigan-born fighter has been a vocal advocate for improved exposure and opportunities for female fighters compared to their male counterparts, and has praised the sport of MMA for showcasing their top female talent on equal footing with their male colleagues.

Shields took the plunge and signed with MMA league the PFL in December 2020, and has been training alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm in Albuquerque ahead of her eagerly-anticipated MMA debut.

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McGregor also took a thinly-veiled shot at Shields’ male boxing colleagues, who have at times been happy to call out MMA fighters, but have not been too keen on stepping across into the octagon to test their skills in the all-encompassing combat sports discipline of mixed martial arts.

Current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has shown interest in potentially taking on Tyson Fury inside the boxing ring, with “The Gypsy King,” seemingly accepting the challenge from the power-punching “Predator.”

“This is a message to Francis Ngannou and the UFC guys,” he said.

“Look. You want some of this Gypsy King money? You know where to come and find it. You want some of this Gypsy King power? I’ll give it (to) you.

“Any time, any place, anywhere. Seven days a week and twice on Sunday, you big ugly dosser.”

McGregor said that by stepping from boxing into MMA, Shields exhibited “Real courage a lot of her male counterparts do not possess.

“Good luck Claressa! Another multi-weight, multi-sport savage! Welcome.”

McGregor returns to the octagon on July 10 at UFC 264, where he’ll take on old rival Dustin Poirier in a trilogy fight with their rivalry standing at one win apiece.

McGregor finished Poirier in 106 seconds in their featherweight clash at UFC 178 back in September 2014 in only McGregor’s fourth fight in the UFC.

But the pair met again in January this year at UFC 257, when Poirier exacted revenge and levelled the scores in their rivalry with a second-round KO finish of the Irishman – the first time McGregor had been stopped with strikes in his 27-fight MMA career.

After the defeat, McGregor immediately expressed his wish for a trilogy fight to settle the score and Poirier accepted, opting for the big-money fight with McGregor instead of a shot at the UFC lightweight title recently vacated by the retired Khabib Nurmagomedov.



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