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Former boxing world champion Claressa Shields lost her first professional MMA bout last night at PFL 10 in a split-decision loss to Abigail Montes (highlights HERE). Having gone undefeated in her pro boxing career this loss has to hurt for Shields, especially with Jake Paul talking trash after the fight.
Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in boxing, recently made some comments about a hypothetical sparring session with Paul. The PFL fighter claimed she could beat the social media star with one hand (via Sky Sports), which is something Paul kept in the back of his mind when watching Shields’ fight last night. Once Shields was announced the loser Paul jumped on social media to let her have it.
“The truth hurts but it’s necessary,” wrote Paul. “Clarissa Shields is a loser. In MMA, and even more so with her prima donna attitude. The fake always get exposed. Losses come when anger and hate take over. Just ask Rousey and McGregor. She spent more time berating Jake Paul than learning Jiu Jitsu. She’s never been a big draw and unfortunately for her she never will be. Amanda Serrano (the GWOAT) though, has 30 KOs in 42 fights. 2-0 in MMA, both wins by submission. Congrats Abigail Montes on the win.”
In addition to Shields, PFL 10 showcased six tournament finales with a prize worth $1 million for each winner (results HERE). The main event of the evening featured undefeated women’s sensation Kayla Harrison against Taylor Guardado, but the other five bouts lived up to their own billing.
Brazilian veteran Raush Manfio capped off his comeback campaign with a unanimous decision win over Loik Radzhabov to claim the lightweight crown. The victory moved Manfio to 4-0 for the year, which saw him defeat the likes of Anthony Pettis and Clay Collard along the way.
Former UFC middleweight contender Antonio Carlos Junior scored his share of $1 million by submitting Marthin Hamlet in the light heavyweight finale. The win pushed “Shoeface” to 3-0 (1 NC) under the PFL banner.
Undefeated Russian fighter Movlid Khaybulaev took home his check but outlasting former UFC fighter Chris Wade in the featherweight finale. Khaybulaev did a little bit of everything on the ground and the feet to wear down Wade over the course of five rounds.
Bruno Cappelozza and Ante Delija went toe-to-toe in the heavyweight finale and it turned out to be one of the best big man fights of the year. The first three rounds of this fight were absolutely insane and should have resulted in a finish, but Cappelozza and Delija dug deep to last all five rounds and give the fans every ounce of fight. In the end, Cappelozza did enough on the scorecards to earn the $1 million check.
Ray Cooper III avenged his 2018 submission loss to Magomed Magomedkerimov by finishing the Russian fighter in the welterweight final via third-round knockout (full highlights HERE). “Bradda Boy” not only ended Magomedkerimov’s 13-fight win streak but Cooper also walked away with a cool million.
Harrison kept her perfect record in tact and scored another $1 million payday under the PFL banner with a second-round submission finish over Guardado. It was another dominant win by the lightweight phenom.
My man Brian “Boom” Kelleher got those pipes. A much better rendition than the original “Island Boy.”
Should I hit that remix or what pic.twitter.com/mVELUtL8P0— Brian BOOM Kelleher (@brianboom135) October 28, 2021
Can someone please get Joanna Jedrzejczyk some damn PPV points already!
"I feel like I sell the PPV, but I don't get any points anymore. I'm not complaining — I'm not the champ anymore — but I feel like I deserve a little bit more."@joannamma spoke to @arielhelwani about her potential return, removal from the UFC rankings ▶️ https://t.co/QsZUSaCO3K pic.twitter.com/ykXKXWzmXb— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 27, 2021
Just another heavyweight workout by Jon Jones.
Claudia Gadelha and “Minotauro” Nogueira walk into a smash room...
Not sure if this Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant haircut is cool or just completely overboard. Thoughts?
Check out Georges St-Pierre training with Canada’s National Para Hockey team.
I feel like Jim Miller needs to roll out a show called “Tractor Time Wednesdays” after this post.
We can all do this, right?
Slips, rips, and KO clips
UFC veteran Omari Akhmedov was overwhelmed by Jordan Young’s standup at PFL 10.
Former UFC fighter Don Madge made his PFL debut count.
This might be one of the best half time shows I’ve ever seen.
And here’s a double backflip scooter jump by a 10-year-old to close out the night. Not too shabby young buck.
This kid conquered his fear and his reaction was awesome ❤️— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 27, 2021
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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.