July 27, 1983
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
|Residence||Peoria, Arizona, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Style||Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Glendale, Arizona, U.S.|
|Team||The MMA Lab|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John CrouchPurple belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Lauren Murphy (born July 27, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently fights in the women's bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion.
Murphy said about starting martial arts: "I took my son to a Jiu Jitsu class in late 2009, and I took the class with him to encourage him. I fell in love with it and started going all the time. I began training MMA about 3 months later, and took my first pro fight 3 months after that. I did not have any amateur fights."
Mixed martial arts career
Murphy began her pro MMA career in Alaska on June 9, 2010, fighting in the featherweight division (145 lbs). She won four straight fights and captured two featherweight titles; one for Alaska Fighting Championship and one for the now-defunct promotion Alaska Cage Fighting.
After moving to Florida, Murphy stepped in on short notice to face Jennifer Scott in a bantamweight bout at Legacy Fighting Championship 18 on March 1, 2013. She defeated Scott by TKO in the first round.
Invicta Fighting Championships
Murphy faced Miriam Nakamoto for the inaugural Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith on December 7, 2013. She won the fight to become the first bantamweight champion when Nakamoto suffered a knee injury in the fourth round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Murphy faced Kelly Faszholz on February 21, 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy. She won the fight via TKO due to punches and elbows in the final seconds of the third round. The win also earned Murphy her first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Alaska Cage Fighting women's featherweight champion
- Alaska Fighting Championship women's featherweight champion
- Invicta FC bantamweight champion
- 2014 IBJJF Blue Belt Middle Weight No Gi World Championship Gold Medalist
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||9 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||9–3||Katlyn Chookagian||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker||July 13, 2016||3||5:00||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||9–2||Kelly Faszholz||TKO (elbows and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy||February 21, 2016||3||4:55||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||8–2||Liz Carmouche||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas||April 4, 2015||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||8–1||Sara McMann||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux||August 16, 2014||3||5:00||Bangor, Maine, United States|
|Win||8–0||Miriam Nakamoto||TKO (knee injury)||Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith||December 7, 2013||4||0:23||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Won the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Sarah D'Alelio||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg||July 13, 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||6–0||Kaitlin Young||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson||April 5, 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||5–0||Jennifer Scott||TKO (elbows)||Legacy Fighting Championship 18||March 1, 2013||1||4:10||Houston, Texas, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||4–0||Julia Griffin||TKO (punches)||Alaska Cage Fighting: Tribute to Veterans||October 28, 2011||2||4:26||Fairbanks, Alaska, United States||Won the ACF Women's Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Willow Bailey||TKO (retirement)||Alaska Fighting Championship 79: Champions||January 12, 2011||2||3:00||Anchorage, Alaska, United States||Won the AFC Women's Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||2–0||Leslie Wright||TKO (punches)||Alaska Fighting Championship 76||October 13, 2010||2||2:25||Anchorage, Alaska, United States|
|Win||1–0||Kloiah Wayland||TKO (punches)||Alaska Fighting Championship: Mat Su Showdown 2||June 9, 2010||1||0:17||Wasilla, Alaska, United States|
- "Lauren Murphy - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- Lauren Murphy (@laurenmurphymma) (December 21, 2015). "So stoked to receive my purple belt today!! (...)". Instagram. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- "Fighting Words: Lauren Taylor". InvictaFC.com. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "AFC 79: FINAL WORD". ADN.com. 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "Lauren Taylor Victorious in Fairbanks; ACF Results". ADN.com. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "Nunes Injured, Lauren Taylor Faces Kaitlin Young At Invicta FC 5". MMARising.com. 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "'Cyborg' Savages Muxlow, 'Karate Hottie' Crowned Via Dramatic Submission at Invicta FC 5". Sherdog.com. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "Invicta FC 5 Results: Michelle Waterson, Barb Honchak Win Titles". MMARising.com. 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "D’Alelio vs Taylor, Calderwood vs Gadelha Booked For Invicta FC 6". MMARising.com. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "Invicta FC 6 Results: Cris Cyborg Wins Featherweight Title". MMARising.com. 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "Invicta FC 6 results: Cris 'Cyborg' claims featherweight belt with TKO win". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-07-13. Archived from the original on 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "INVICTA FC 7 COMING TO KANSAS CITY ON DECEMBER 7TH". InvictaFC.com. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
- "Lauren Murphy vs Miriam Nakamoto Title Fight Set For Invicta FC 7". MMARising.com. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
- "Sara McMann meets Invicta FC champion Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night 47". mmafighting.com. 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
- Robert Sargent (2014-08-16). "Sara McMann Edges Out Lauren Murphy At UFC Fight Night 47". mmarising.com. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
- "LAUREN MURPHY, LIZ CARMOUCHE ADDED TO APRIL 4 UFC FIGHT NIGHT IN VIRGINIA". sherdog.com. 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
- Tristen Critchfield (2016-02-22). "UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh Bonuses: Cerrone, Camozzi, Murphy, Faszholz earn $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-02-22.