Lauren Murphy

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Lauren Murphy
BornLauren Marie Taylor
(1983-07-27) July 27, 1983 (age 36)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Other namesLucky
ResidencePeoria, Arizona, U.S.
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
StyleBoxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofGlendale, Arizona, U.S.
TeamThe MMA Lab (2014–2019)[2][3]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Crouch[4]
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By decision5
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Lauren Marie Murphy (née Taylor; born July 27, 1983)[5][6] is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently fights in the women's flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion. As of June 23, 2020, she is #4 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings.[7]


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."[8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

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.[9][10]

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.[6]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

Murphy made her Invicta FC debut as a replacement opponent against Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013.[6] She defeated Young by unanimous decision.[11][12]

On July 13, 2013, Murphy faced Sarah D'Alelio at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg.[13] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[14][15]

Murphy faced Miriam Nakamoto for the inaugural Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith on December 7, 2013.[16][17] She won the fight to become the first bantamweight champion when Nakamoto suffered a knee injury in the fourth round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On July 3, 2014, it was announced that Murphy had signed with the UFC. She made her debut against Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 47 on August 16, 2014.[18] McMann won the fight by split decision.[19]

Murphy faced Liz Carmouche on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[20] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.

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.[21]

Murphy face Katlyn Chookagian on July 13, 2016 at UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker.[22] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In August 2017, it was announced that Murphy would be one of the fighters featured on The Ultimate Fighter 26, where the process to crown the UFC's inaugural 125-pound women's champion will take place.

Murphy, representing team Alvarez, was seeded third and therefore was automatically set to fight fourteenth seed Nicco Montaño. She lost the fight via Unanimous Decision in two rounds, eliminating her from the competition.[24] Later, feeling discontent with her training on Team Alvarez (especially with Alvarez), she switched teams to Gaethje.

UFC return[edit]

Murphy was scheduled to face Priscila Cachoeira on December 1, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale. However, due to a visa issue, the fight was cancelled and Murphy was asked to be ready to fight as an alternate.[25] With Roxanne Modafferi elevated to the main event to fight Nicco Montaño after Sijara Eubanks was medically disqualified from the title fight, Murphy stepped in to face Barb Honchak.[26] Murphy won the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[27]

Murphy faced Sijara Eubanks at UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes on June 1, 2018. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Murphy was scheduled to face Ashlee Evans-Smith on February 17, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 1.[29] However on December 19, 2018 Murphy announced and withdraw from the event as she would need more time off to recover from foot surgery. [30]

Murphy faced Mara Romero Borella on August 3, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 5.[31] She won the fight via TKO in the third round.[32]

Murphy faced Andrea Lee on February 8, 2020 at UFC 247.[33] She won the fight via controversial split decision.[34] 12 out of 12 MMA media outlets scored the contest for Lee with none scoring it for Murphy, [35] despite Murphy achieving a higher degree of accuracy and securing the only two takedowns in the fight.[36]

Murphy faced Roxanne Modafferi on June 20, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov.[37] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[38]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 13 wins 4 losses
By knockout 8 0
By submission 0 0
By decision 5 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–4 Roxanne Modafferi Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov June 20, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–4 Andrea Lee Decision (split) UFC 247 February 8, 2020 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 11–4 Mara Romero Borella TKO (knee and elbows) UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler August 3, 2019 3 1:46 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 10–4 Sijara Eubanks Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes June 1, 2018 3 5:00 Utica, New York, United States
Win 10–3 Barb Honchak Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale December 1, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Flyweight debut.
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

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Nicco Montaño Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion September 20, 2017 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 26 Elimination round


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lauren Murphy - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Hunter Homistek (December 13, 2017). "Lauren Murphy Opens Up On 'Shi*ty' The Ultimate Fighter Experience".
  3. ^ Danny Segura (February 5, 2020). "Lauren Murphy unsure if a win over Andrea Lee at UFC 247 gets her flyweight title shot".
  4. ^ Lauren Murphy (@laurenmurphymma) (December 21, 2015). "So stoked to receive my purple belt today!! (...)". Instagram. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  5. ^ Mixed martial arts show results Date: June 6, 2020
  6. ^ a b c "Nunes Injured, Lauren Taylor Faces Kaitlin Young At Invicta FC 5". 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  7. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  8. ^ "Fighting Words: Lauren Taylor". 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  9. ^ "AFC 79: FINAL WORD". 2011-01-15. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  10. ^ "Lauren Taylor Victorious in Fairbanks; ACF Results". 2011-10-31. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
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  14. ^ "Invicta FC 6 Results: Cris Cyborg Wins Featherweight Title". 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
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  16. ^ "INVICTA FC 7 COMING TO KANSAS CITY ON DECEMBER 7TH". 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
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  18. ^ "Sara McMann meets Invicta FC champion Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night 47". 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  19. ^ Robert Sargent (2014-08-16). "Sara McMann Edges Out Lauren Murphy At UFC Fight Night 47". Retrieved 2014-08-16.
  21. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-02-22). "UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh Bonuses: Cerrone, Camozzi, Murphy, Faszholz earn $50K". Retrieved 2016-02-22.
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  29. ^ DNA, MMA. "Lauren Murphy treft Ashlee Evans-Smith tijdens UFC on ESPN 1 in Phoenix". Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  30. ^ Newswire, MMA Fighting (2018-12-19). "Lauren Murphy withdraws from UFC on ESPN fight vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith to recover from surgery". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  31. ^ Staff (2018-06-20). "Octagon returns to Newark on August 3". Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  32. ^ Doherty, Dan (2019-08-03). "UFC Newark Results: Lauren Murphy Finishes Mara Romero Borella With Beautiful Knee". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  33. ^ Newswire, MMA Fighting (2019-11-13). "Andrea Lee vs. Lauren Murphy set for UFC event on Feb. 8 in Houston". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
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