July 21st, 2024

Clark takes Flyweight Title

By Lethbridge Herald on February 27, 2024.

LFA PHOTO Shannon Clark celebrates after winning the Flyweight title at LFA 177.

By Justin Seward

Lethbridge Herald

Local MMA fighter Shannon Clark now can add a worldwide belt victory to her accolades after winning the LFA’s  (Legacy Fighting Alliance) Flyweight Title bout over Brazilian black belt Ju-Jitsu fighter Thaiany Lopes during LFA 177 in Niagara Falls, New York on Friday.  

Clark, who is used to being a stand-up fighter, had to use more a ground fight attack in the ring against Lopes.

She won the bout in just over two-and-half minutes into the second round  by doing her first ever bulldog choke, which a type of neck crank that has the possibility of being a mixed feeling between a guillotine and a rear naked choke applied in an opposite direction.

“We expected this fight to go on the ground because we didn’t think she’d stand with me and we practiced a lot of that … stuff out on the ground ,” said Clark.

Clark estimated she had 77 strikes to Lopes five in the first round.

“When I was on ground, I was still very active and then just played around with it. I didn’t feel very threatened as much as I was expected to which is good and bad at the same time.”

She felt more confident in the second round.

“ I’m still throwing way more than her. I felt stronger than her,” said Clark.

What she learned from the fight is not being so content on her back.

“It was really good for me just to relax, like learn that I’m actually not as bad as I thought I was on the ground and I can just not freak out I guess,” said Clark.

“And just learn my confidence and let it keep growing.”

The win now puts her record at 5-0 since turning professional in 2022.

“This is the highlight of my career,” said Clark .

“This is a world title belt that I won and got to bring home to Lethbridge.”

She prepared for the fight my training with local police officers who are all bigger than her.

“So I just try and fight back and that’s why I’m use to just throwing so much because that’s all I got on them sometimes,” said Clark.

 “Then that’s … when I know I have a choke, is if I can get it on the boys that are two hundred and some pounds, I can get it on her.”

Clark can now either defend the belt or make it to the UFC.

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