Vince Murdock

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Getting one more shot on TUF
FeatherweightUFC
April 20, 2021
Murdock will take part in Season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murdock was set to make his UFC debut in June of 2019 against Jordan Griffin, but had to withdraw and was later diagnosed with a rare brain condition that required surgery. To make matters more difficult, he was dealt a long USADA suspension due to one of the drugs used in his treatment. Murdock has since returned to fighting, but was finished in Round 3 by Luis Saldana on Dana White's Contender Series. TUF could very well be the 30-year-old's final shot at the UFC. He'll join a cast of bantamweights that includes Daniel Argueta, Brady Hiestand, Dustin Lampros, Mitch Raposo, Joshua Rettinghouse, Liudvik Sholinian and Ricky Turcios. The show will also feature eight contenders in the middleweight division.
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Suspension reduced
FeatherweightUFC
August 26, 2020
Murdock (head) has accepted a reduced penalty from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and will be eligible to compete Sept. 6.
ANALYSIS
Murdock is dealing with a rare brain disorder that clouds any potential return to the UFC much more than anything USADA-related, but it's one less obstacle for the featherweight fighter should he eventually choose to make a comeback. He was originally dealt a 20-month suspension in September of 2019, but after submitting new medical records related to his treatment, USADA determined a lower degree of fault and chopped six months off the suspension.
Brain surgery called a success
FeatherweightUFC
December 3, 2019
Murdock underwent successful brain surgery in mid-November, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murdock was unable to gain medical clearance for his scheduled UFC debut against Jordan Griffin last June, and it was later revealed that he was dealing with a rare and life-threatening medical condition called moyamoya. This required a cerebral artery bypass and craniotomy, which Murdock was able to pay for in part due to a viral social media campaign centered around a GoFundMe account titled "Save Vinny's Brain." Given the seriousness of the condition that was discovered, a return to the fight game hasn't even been discussed, and it's unclear if that will ever be a possibility moving forward.
Withdraws from debut fight
FeatherweightUFC
June 27, 2019
Murdock announced via his official Instagram page that he will withdraw from UFC Minneapolis on June 29.
ANALYSIS
Murdock was set to make his UFC debut against Jordan Griffin, but will withdraw after failing to receive medical clearance. When fully healthy, Murdock will look to schedule an alternate debut fight. His withdrawal leaves UFC officials with less than two days to find a replacement opponent for Griffin.
Will fight Jordan Griffin in UFC debut
FeatherweightUFC
June 17, 2019
Murdock will face Jordan Griffin in a featherweight bout at UFC Minneapolis on June 29, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murdock is making his UFC debut, coming into the fight with a career 10-5 record. He's filling in for Chas Skelly, who was forced to pull out of the fight with an injury. Murdock will have a height disadvantage, measuring three inches shorter than Griffin.