Claressa Shields and Amanda Nunes are two of the most dominating female figures in their respective sports; however, Shields says if they ever met in boxing, she’d be able to leave Nunes flat on the canvas.
Since turning pro after winning her second Olympic gold medal in 2016 — becoming the first American female to win a boxing Olympic gold medal and the only American boxer to win gold in back-to-back Olympics. Shields has just about dominated all her fights and raked in gold, first claiming the WBC and IBF Female Super Middleweight Titles before spending this past year working towards becoming the undisputed female middleweight champion.
Shields accomplished this by claiming the WBA, IBF and WBC titles in 2018 before defeating Christina Hammer in April to win the WBO championship. This made Shields one of just seven boxers in the sport’s history to win all four major boxing world titles in a division and hold them simultaneously.
Meanwhile, over in the UFC, Nunes has been dominant with eight straight wins, picking up the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship with a first-round submission of Miesha Tate at UFC 200. Nunes would easily stop Ronda Rousey at UFC 207, edged out Valentina Shevchenko in a decision at UFC 215 and finished Raquel Pennington at UFC 224.
Nunes then made history by knocking out Cris Cyborg in less than a minute at UFC 232 to become the new UFC women’s featherweight champion. This made Nunes the first female UFC fighter (and seventh UFC fighter overall) to win championships in two different weight classes, as well as the first female UFC fighter (third overall) to hold two divisions’ titles simultaneously. Some consider this list of accomplishments to make Nunes the greatest women’s MMA fighter of all time.
When discussing Nunes and Cyborg, a friend of hers, with TMZ Sports, Shields seemed to take issue with a claim of Nunes being called “the greatest female fighter of all time.” Shields admits she would not do well in the Octagon, but if the two ever had a boxing match, it’d be another story.
“They are calling her the greatest MMA fighter of all-time, not the greatest fighter. I’m the GWOAT, the greatest woman fighter of all-time,” Shields said. “She ain’t been to the Olympics two times. I’ve been to the top of the world two times. And I’m not putting myself against Amanda because we’re both woman athletes. Actually, I praise her like I praise Cris [Cyborg].”
She’s the greatest women’s fighter in MMA and I’m the greatest women’s fighter in boxing. And if we were to fight, I would win. That’s what I think. I can’t wrestle. But in boxing, yeah, Amanda Nunes would go to sleep.