A strong right hand experienced Elkin shooting for a takedown right after dominating the first two rounds. But when Shields stopped the shot and held best position, she unloaded a collection of punches that led to a TKO stoppage at the 1:44 mark of the 3rd.
“I experience like I am dreaming,” Shields mentioned afterward. “This is insane.”
It was a triumphant comeback for Shields, whose inexperience on the ground was clear in transitions as she skipped opportunities to counter Elkin’s grappling. A 7-month intro to MMA courtesy of famed coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn was no match for her opponent’s years of knowledge. She expended significantly of the 1st two rounds on her back, mounted, as Elkins peppered her with limited photographs.
As soon as she acquired on prime, however, Shields powerful fists paid significant dividends.
“She had me on the floor, but she hardly ever damage me,” Shields said. “When that third spherical came, I mentioned to myself, I’m heading to doggy her. … I am not likely to lose this combat.”
The conclusion may well have been written at the conclude of the 2nd round when Shields managed to escape an armbar from mount and get to Elkin’s again. There, she landed her initially batch of weighty punches, and Elkin, a jiu-jitsu brown belt, out of the blue appeared worse for the put on at the get started of the third.
Shields stated she’d never ever considered dropping a boxing match in her daily life. But at the end of the to start with and 2nd round, she was not so sure. But she took her coach’s information and wouldn’t make it possible for herself to be taken down.
“I just had a never quit mind-set each individual spherical,” she said. “Never give up, that’s what I advised myself.”
Entire PFL 4 Success:
Claressa Shields def. Brittney Elkin through TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 1:44
Clay Collard vs. Joilton Lutterbach by way of split selection (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Natan Schulte def. Alex Martinez via break up selection (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)