The main event will transform one of the most decorated champions in sports into a fresh-faced neophyte.
Claressa Shields, the undefeated two-division boxing champion, will make her mixed martial arts debut in the PFL main event on Thursday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
But Shields’ lightweight bout against Brittney Elkin is essentially a bonus draw on a night when the PFL’s featherweights and men’s lightweights try to secure spots in the playoffs. Four fighters in each division will qualify and get to continue on a journey that will culminate on New Year’s Eve with champions crowned in six divisions, each winning $1 million prizes.
Among those fighters competing for their 2021 PFL futures are back-to-back lightweight champion Natan Schulte, undefeated 155-pounder Alexander Martinez, and a couple of fighters coming off eye-opening upset wins in lightweight Clay Collard (beat former UFC champ Anthony Pettis) and featherweight Bubba Jenkins (beat two-season champ Lance Palmer).
Follow along throughout the night as Jeff Wagenheim breaks down the action, fight by fight.
Featherweights: Chris Wade (3 points) vs. Arman Ospanov (0 points)
Fight in progress:
Still to come…
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Women’s lightweight showcase
Claressa Shields vs. Brittney Elkin
Clay Collard vs. Joilton Lutterbach | LW
Bubba Jenkins vs. Bobby Moffett | FW
Brendan Loughnane vs. Tyler Diamond | FW
Natan Schulte vs. Alexander Martinez | LW
Marcin Held vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier | LW
Akhmed Aliev vs. Loik Radzhabov | LW
Sheymon Moraes vs. Jesse Stirn | FW
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