For several months a hypothetical battle between undisputed women’s middleweight champion Claressa Shields and UFC featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has been talked about.
The rumor mill picked up a bit last weekend as Shields was in attendance for Nunes dominant defense of her bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245.
Shields and her camp have been in talks with UFC President Dana White on a potential crossover bout between the two, which the boxer believes has massive potential.
“You know what he (White) said, he said that Amanda would do anything,” Shields told reporters, including MMA Junkie, backstage at T-Mobile Arena. “She feels she’s – she is the GWOAT in MMA, and I’m the GWOAT in boxing. It would be one of the biggest matches in boxing history. I think that you’ve never seen two women who are young, in their prime, hungry and who just don’t want to lose so I think that me and her facing each other, would be one of those fights that people really see fireworks and stuff like that.”
“Of course for me, boxing is my passion, I would love to do it in the ring but, I’m also a fair person. Like I’m fair game, if she comes to my world, I’ll be more than welcome to come to her world.”
Shields first will have to contend with Ivana Habazin on January 10th in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as she aims to become the fastest fighter of any gender to win a world title in three divisions, as she looks to win light middleweight gold.
“Mid next year, end of next year, MMA match can happen a year after that,” Shields said.
“It’s just about whenever we get a deal signed and sealed then let me know how much time I have to get ready to get inside the octagon and I’m not talking about six months, or a year but give me like actual time where I can have a chance – I feel like I have a chance now but once we go to the ground and stuff, I have to learn that, and I know that. Me being an Olympic athlete, I know that I can learn different – a different sport and catch on quicker than just a regular person.”
Initial Report: MMAJunkie