Cris Cyborg Sparring With Claressa T-Rex
Cris Cyborg needs competition to strengthen her skills and she found it in Claressa “T-Rex” Shields. Cyborg is training to face
Megan Anderson Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017.
— #UFC214 #LetsGoChamp (@criscyborg) June 26, 2017
Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields Gives Cyborg Boxing Tips, Including How To Breathe
In this casual chat video posted on Facebook, Claressa says Cyborg could be a professional boxer, if she focused on it for 6 months to a year. “You’d be able to take on some of the top girls. She’s physically strong, physically fast and very athletic. The only thing is, she’s gotta work on the breathing thing because, you know…MMA and boxing is like swimming and running — especially when it comes to breathing.”
Hopefully, Conor McGregor is getting that message too.
Not having to train to last longer than two rounds with her current roster of opponents might be a hole in Cyborg’s game. Time to build up to boxing pace, consistently throwing punches with no rest periods vs how MMA people fight, looking for mini-rest places on the ground or against the cage.
But, now she knows. Cyborg appears to be listening intently to Claressa. No doubt that breathing situation will be remedied before fight night.
Claressa Comments About Cyborg In the Ring
Claressa said she watched film on Cyborg to see what was missing in her boxing. She said that if Cris focused her training on boxing instead of mixed martial arts, she would be ready to face top boxing contenders.
Dang! Maybe Cris would be better off boxing — like get more fights and earn more money.
Cris says she’s very interested in just focusing on boxing, “…maybe one day”.
“Today I got an opportunity to spar with 2X Olympic Gold medalist Claressa T-REX Shields. Currently undefeated as a pro, she has already captured the WBC Silver Belt at her weight of 165lbs.
I will be fighting for the UFC belt July 29 at #ufc214. I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with her this afternoon, and am already excited about joining one of her training camps after my fight.
To get better you have to put yourself in uncomfortable unfamiliar places and push yourself. I thank Claressa for helping me with my camp, and look forward to visiting Flint, Michigan to help with one of hers! #cyborgnation #teamcyborg”
I have two Olympic Gold medals, pic.twitter.com/UOgIeDzxsx
— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) September 1, 2016
Or Maybe Claressa will switch from boxing to MMA?
Originally posted on bloodyelbow fanpost
photo credit: Cyborg and Claressa from Cyborg’s Facebook fanpage