Claressa Shields is ready to make her crossover into the mixed martial arts realm.
The world champion boxer tipped the scales at 154.8 pounds for her women’s lightweight clash against Brittney Elkin (155.4). The bout will headline PFL 4, which takes place at Oceaon Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., on Thursday night. The main card airs on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT following prelims on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Shields vs. Elkin is not part of the PFL regular season format.
Shields is a two-time Olympic gold medalist boxer and the reigning WBC and WBO light middleweight champion. She improved her professional mark in the Sweet Science to 11-0 with a unanimious decision victory over Marie Eve Dicaire on March 5, claiming the vacant IBF and WBA titles in the process. Shields is expected to continue her boxing career while she competes in MMA. She has been training at Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., alongside the likes of Holly Holm and Jon Jones.
Elkin, meanwhile, also served as the debut foe for Olympic judoka and reigning 155-pound PFL champion Kayla Harrison in June 2018. The Colorado native, who was submitted by Harrison in the opening stanza, owns a 3-6 professional record with a notable victory over Bellator MMA talent Gabrielle Holloway.
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PFL 4 Weigh-in Results:Claressa Shields (154.8) vs. Brittney Elkin (155.4)
Clay Collard (155.8) vs. Joilton Lutterbach (159.4)*
Bubba Jenkins (145.6) vs. Bobby Moffett (146)
Brendan Loughnane (146) vs. Tyler Diamond (145.6)
Alex Martinez (156) vs. Natan Schulte (156)
Marcin Held (155.6) vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155.4)
Akhmed Aliev (155.6) vs. Loik Radzhabov (156)
Jesse Stirn (146.8)** vs. Sheymon Moraes (146)
Chris Wade (146) vs. Arman Ospanov (144.8)
*Lutterbach missed weight by 3.4 pounds
**Stirn missed weight by 0.8 pounds