Jake Paul wasted no time fighting back following Claressa Shields’ loss in the PFL.
Shields suffered her first professional loss in combat sports on Wednesday when she gave up a split decision to Abigail Montes in the PFL season finale. Two judges scored the contest 29-28 in favor of the 21-year-old Montes, who stifled Shields with her wrestling and clinch play en route to snatch the surprise away from the decorated boxing champion.
Just minutes after the fight was over, Paul tweeted to Shields with a gleeful message calling the two-time Olympic champion a “loser” and criticizing her for having a “prima donna attitude”.
Paul’s words can be read in full below.
“The truth hurts, but it is necessary. Clarisse [sic] Shields is a loser. In MMA, and even more so with his prima donna attitude. The fake is still exposed. Losses occur when anger and hatred take over. Just ask Rousey and McGregor. She spent more time berating Jake Paul than learning Jiu Jitsu. She was never a big draw and unfortunately for her, she never will be. Amanda Serrano (the GWOAT) however has 30 knockouts in 42 fights. 2-0 in MMA, both win by submission. Congratulations Abigail Montes on the victory.
Paul’s post appeared to be a direct response to Shields’ comments in recent months about not wanting to fight over one of Paul’s undercards. Shields first spoke about the topic at a PFL press conference in September and called the topic disrespectful. She then expanded on her words on Monday’s episode of MMA time.
“What did Jake Paul do that was so great that he became the main event pay-per-view on Showtime, but I don’t?” Shields told host Ariel Helwani on MMA time. “I have to fight under him. That’s the thing, it’s like I really won my opportunity. They just give it to him. They say, “Hey, you’re Jake Paul, you have a million subscribers on YouTube, you and your brother can fight the main event on Showtime.” “
“It’s garbage. I literally won my place and never got the chance. This is what annoys me. It’s not really Jake Paul, it’s more how they dare to give him the opportunity that I won. I’ve fought the main event on Showtime six times, sold-out arenas for Showtime, and I always got the “We don’t think you’re big enough to fight on pay-per-view”. Get out of here. It’s poop. That’s why I would never fight over the undercard of him or anyone else who didn’t deserve it. If they’re not world champions, Errol Spence, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Terence Crawford, even Shakur Stevenson, if they’re not under them I’m not fighting any other man’s undercard.
Shields remains one of the most decorated boxers of her time, a champion in three weight divisions who also won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She is undefeated 11-0 in her professional boxing career. and held a 77-1 record as an amateur.
The 26-year-old boxing champion signed a three-year contract with the PFL in November 2020 and entered Wednesday’s event after winning her MMA debut against Brittney Elkin in June with a spectacular comeback in the third round. His attempt to compete in boxing and MMA simultaneously may have taken a hit on Wednesday, but Shields is still expected to defend his three boxing titles against Ema Kozin on December 11 in Birmingham, England.
Paul is 4-0 as a professional boxer and last fought against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in August, winning by split decision.