Abigail Montes is on top of the world, with her upset win over decorated boxer and two time Olympian Claressa Shields, handing Shields her first loss in MMA at PFL 2021 Season finals held on October 27, 2021, As for Montes, the Mexican fighter is now undefeated with 3 straight wins so far in her MMA career at just a young age of 21.
Montes, therefore, gave an interview in Spanish to MMA Junkie correspondent Danny Segura. Montes talks about her mentality going into the fight, how Claressa Shields underestimated her and being prepared for stronger challenges in the future.
What Abigail Montes had to say on her win over Claressa Shields at PFL 2021
Abigail Montes begins talking about how she’s been noticed now with a giant victory like that. “I just took some giant steps in my career, not that obviously now I am aware that now I have to prepare [myself] much stronger because I know much stronger challenges are coming then. What we are going to do, we are only going to focus and continue working for what they [the audience] should spend.”
“I just kept thinking, ‘They don’t know, they don’t know who she’s facing,’” Montes told Segura from MMA Junkie. “Obviously they had me has the filler for her career and help her rise. But as soon as they offered us the opportunity, we spoke with my coach and team and we accepted it because we knew that we had the tools to get it done.”
“There were things here and there that I need to improve on, of course, but even then I’m really happy with what I did with my corner,” Montes explained.
“It was a very smart fight where we didn’t risk too much. It was a smart fight and we went the safe route and that was all. I showed her what’s MMA, that it’s not just boxing. Whenever she wanted to box I would look for the takedown, pin her against the cage. She realized that and that’s when her desperation came from not being able to get out of those MMA areas.” explained Montes.
At last, Montes told that she is still under the contract with PFL and wants to be included in the next year’s lightweight season. “We’re going to get ready and what more motivation do you need? We’re going to keep improving. We know that after this victory bigger challenges are going to come and we’re going to be ready for what’s coming,” Montes said.
The future seems to be bright for the Mexican Abigail Montes and with Kayla Harrison now gone into testing free agency, it would be interesting to see who will be the next lightweight queen of the Professional Fighters League 2022 season.