Lauren Murphy

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Lauren Murphy
Born Lauren Smith
(1983-07-27) July 27, 1983 (age 35)
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 Featherweight
Bantamweight
Flyweight
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 14
Wins 10
By knockout 7
By decision 3
Losses 4
By decision 4
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 flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion. As of September 11, 2018, she is #8 in official UFC women's flyweight rankings.[3]

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."[4] As of July 26, 2018, she is #6 in the official UFC flyweight rankings.[5]

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.[6][7]

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.[8]

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.[8] She defeated Young by unanimous decision.[9][10]

On July 13, 2013, Murphy faced Sarah D'Alelio at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg.[11] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[12][13]

Murphy faced Miriam Nakamoto for the inaugural Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith on December 7, 2013.[14][15] 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.[16] McMann won the fight by split decision.[17]

Murphy faced Liz Carmouche on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] Murphy won the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[23]

Murphy faced Sijara Eubanks at UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes on June 1, 2018. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lauren Murphy - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. 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. ^ "Fighter Rankings - UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Fighting Words: Lauren Taylor". InvictaFC.com. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  5. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  6. ^ "AFC 79: FINAL WORD". ADN.com. 2011-01-15. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  7. ^ "Lauren Taylor Victorious in Fairbanks; ACF Results". ADN.com. 2011-10-31. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  8. ^ a b "Nunes Injured, Lauren Taylor Faces Kaitlin Young At Invicta FC 5". MMARising.com. 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  9. ^ "'Cyborg' Savages Muxlow, 'Karate Hottie' Crowned Via Dramatic Submission at Invicta FC 5". Sherdog.com. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  10. ^ "Invicta FC 5 Results: Michelle Waterson, Barb Honchak Win Titles". MMARising.com. 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  11. ^ "D'Alelio vs Taylor, Calderwood vs Gadelha Booked For Invicta FC 6". MMARising.com. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  12. ^ "Invicta FC 6 Results: Cris Cyborg Wins Featherweight Title". MMARising.com. 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "INVICTA FC 7 COMING TO KANSAS CITY ON DECEMBER 7TH". InvictaFC.com. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  15. ^ "Lauren Murphy vs Miriam Nakamoto Title Fight Set For Invicta FC 7". MMARising.com. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  16. ^ "Sara McMann meets Invicta FC champion Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night 47". mmafighting.com. 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  17. ^ Robert Sargent (2014-08-16). "Sara McMann Edges Out Lauren Murphy At UFC Fight Night 47". mmarising.com. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
  18. ^ "LAUREN MURPHY, LIZ CARMOUCHE ADDED TO APRIL 4 UFC FIGHT NIGHT IN VIRGINIA". sherdog.com. 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  19. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-02-22). "UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh Bonuses: Cerrone, Camozzi, Murphy, Faszholz earn $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  20. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2017-09-20). "TUF 26 Episode 4 Results". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  21. ^ "Lauren Murphy not fighting at TUF 26 Finale due to opponent's VISA issues". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  22. ^ "Roxanne Modafferi replaces Sijara Eubanks in TUF 26 Finale's inaugural title fight". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  23. ^ "TUF 26 Finale results: Lauren Murphy edges Barb Honchak in three-round thriller". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  24. ^ "UFC Fight Night 131 results: Sijara Eubanks gets first UFC win, tops Lauren Murphy". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  25. ^ Sherdog.com. "Lauren". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-14.

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