Lauren Murphy

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Lauren Murphy
Born Lauren Smith
(1983-07-27) July 27, 1983 (age 33)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Other names Lucky
Residence Peoria, Arizona, U.S.
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Style Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Glendale, Arizona, U.S.
Team The MMA Lab
Rank      Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Crouch[2]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 12
Wins 9
By knockout 7
By decision 2
Losses 3
By decision 3
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."[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[7][8]

On July 13, 2013, Murphy faced Sarah D'Alelio at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg.[9] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[10][11]

Murphy faced Miriam Nakamoto for the inaugural Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith on December 7, 2013.[12][13] 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.[14] McMann won the fight by split decision.[15]

Murphy faced Liz Carmouche on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[16] 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.[17]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lauren Murphy - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ Lauren Murphy (@laurenmurphymma) (December 21, 2015). "So stoked to receive my purple belt today!! (...)". Instagram. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fighting Words: Lauren Taylor". 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  4. ^ "AFC 79: FINAL WORD". 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Lauren Taylor Victorious in Fairbanks; ACF Results". 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  6. ^ a b "Nunes Injured, Lauren Taylor Faces Kaitlin Young At Invicta FC 5". 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  7. ^ "'Cyborg' Savages Muxlow, 'Karate Hottie' Crowned Via Dramatic Submission at Invicta FC 5". 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  8. ^ "Invicta FC 5 Results: Michelle Waterson, Barb Honchak Win Titles". 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  9. ^ "D’Alelio vs Taylor, Calderwood vs Gadelha Booked For Invicta FC 6". 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  10. ^ "Invicta FC 6 Results: Cris Cyborg Wins Featherweight Title". 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  11. ^ "Invicta FC 6 results: Cris 'Cyborg' claims featherweight belt with TKO win". 2013-07-13. Archived from the original on 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  12. ^ "INVICTA FC 7 COMING TO KANSAS CITY ON DECEMBER 7TH". 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  13. ^ "Lauren Murphy vs Miriam Nakamoto Title Fight Set For Invicta FC 7". 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  14. ^ "Sara McMann meets Invicta FC champion Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night 47". 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  15. ^ Robert Sargent (2014-08-16). "Sara McMann Edges Out Lauren Murphy At UFC Fight Night 47". Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  17. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-02-22). "UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh Bonuses: Cerrone, Camozzi, Murphy, Faszholz earn $50K". Retrieved 2016-02-22. 

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