Undefeated boxing champion Claressa Shields has been talking about crossing over to MMA and fight two-division champion Amanda Nunes. For her part, “The Lioness” already welcomes the idea of wrestling and submitting Shields.
For American Top Team owner Dan Lambert, Shields does not stand a chance.
“Claressa would probably get smashed,” Lamber told MMA Fighting. “I mean why didn’t Floyd [Mayweather] want to fight Conor in MMA? I give Claressa less chances of beating Amanda in MMA than I gave Conor beating Floyd [in boxing]. It’s not her sport.
“You can’t go a lifetime of training in boxing with no sprawling and no wrestling and no grappling. How do you expect someone like that to cross over? I guess you’ve got that one in a million miracle shot that could land. I don’t know.”
But if Nunes crossed over in boxing, Lambert is liking her chances.
“Claressa would be a monster favorite in a boxing match,” he said. “I think Amanda’s a unique specimen with how hard she hits. As a female fighter, I think she’s kind of a unicorn when it comes to that, so I would say the gap between the two is much narrower if Amanda were to challenge a boxer than if a boxer would challenge an MMA fighter.”
Nunes defended the women’s bantamweight title for the fifth time against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245 early this month.