Claressa Shields Favored Over Brittney Elkin in MMA Debut

  • Claressa Shields is set as a -310 favorite in her MMA debut.
  • Brittney Elkin, the opponent, has odds of +230.
  • Shields is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and undisputed champion in two weight classes in boxing.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Claressa Shields has done about all there is to do in the boxing world and is making her move into the world of MMA. She is scheduled to make her debut on Thursday as a part of the Professional Fighters League (PFL).

Greatest Female Boxer Of All Time?

Claressa Shields is firmly in the GOAT conversation for women’s boxing. She’s just 26 years old and is already a two-time Olympic gold medalist, the only boxer to ever had unified two weight classes simultaneously, and holds an undefeated professional record.

Boxing and MMA are completely different sports though, so should online sportsbooks have her listed as such a big favorite?

Can Shields Be A Legit MMA Threat?

In terms of striking, most would assume Shields can hang with the best of them but where people are concerned is her wrestling and grappling abilities.

Shields allegedly started training jiu jitsu but with less than a year of training its tough to tell just how good she’ll be in the ground game.

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Luckily for Shields, her opponent, Brittney Elkin is more of a striker than anything else. Elkin has faced some good competition throughout her career but holds a 3-6 record without a real notable win.

Shield vs Elkins Moneyline Odds

  • Claressa Shields -310
  • Brittney Elkin +230

Stylistically it’s a good first fight for Shields. However, the main focus should be to stuff takedowns and should see success if able to do so. That being said, that could be the story of her career, however far she’s willing to take it.

The Pick

Given the odds, there’s little value in betting Shields to win the fight. Due to the inexperience in an octagon, questions surrounding the wrestling abilities and the generous odds available on sports betting sites, the best bet may be on the underdog in this fight.

How To Watch

The entire PFL card will be broadcasted on ESPN 2 on Thursday. The main card is expected to start at 6 p.m.