Cyborg Stops Aria Wild, Eyes Claressa Shields Fight

Cris Cyborg knocked out Aria Wild in the second round to take her boxing record to 4-0, as she eyes a boxing fight with Claressa Shields

The victory means Cyborg’s last loss in any combat sport was against Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 in 2018. If the circumstances are right, Cyborg wants Shields. They were former sparring partners who are now both with PFL.  Shields is a two-weight undisputed champion at 154 and 160 pounds in boxing.

Cyborg is the only Grand Slam Champion in MMA, having won titles in Strikeforce, Invicta FC, UFC, and Bellator. Shields beat Kelsey DeSantis on the PFL vs Bellator: Champs card this year. The fight happened at 165 pounds. Shields overcame adversity as she was almost submitted. Cyborg was not impressed, causing Shields to fire back. 

“Look, I’ll be honest with you, when I sparred against Cris Cyborg in 2018, I took it easy on her. I let her and her team doctor up a video to make it look close, but the first and second round, I beat the s*** out of Cris Cyborg. She cannot box, OK? And then we were supposed to work together more, but after I beat her in sparring, she didn’t want to spar no more,” Shields said

That has set the narrative for a fight if the money is right. 

“I think the money has to be right for this fight to happen. Have to be close to MMA money, you know? People from boxing come into MMA because the money with girls is different. She don’t want to drop the weight. Now you guys see she’s going to go heavyweight. So, if I’m going to fight her it’s going to be 147, maybe 154 if the money is right. I know she can give up the weight. I can give up experience. I have two (boxing) fights,” Cyborg stated

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