Lauren Murphy
Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 5/1/2019
Fight with Ashlee Evans-Smith off
FlyweightUFC
Out
December 19, 2018
Murphy was forced to withdraw from her flyweight bout with Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC on ESPN on February 17 as she is still recovering from foot surgery, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murphy underwent foot surgery this past August, however she still hasn't fully healed. It seems as though Evans-Smith will move on and look for a new opponent on the same card. It's uncertain how long Murphy will be out for, but it looks like she'll have to wait until late spring/early summer before she makes her return to the octagon.
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No-shows Friday's loss to Sijara Eubanks
FlyweightUFC
Out
June 1, 2018
Murphy lost to Sijara Eubanks via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Utica, New York.
ANALYSIS
Murphy spent he majority of the 15-minute bout serving as a punching bag for the stronger, quicker Eubanks. When she wasn't getting popped in the face, Murphy was busy allowing her opponent to drag her to the mat. The UFC's decision to add a women's flyweight division gave Murphy a second chance with the company, but she failed to take advantage. Murphy is now 2-4 in her four official fights with the company and she would appear to be just one loss away from being handed her walking papers.
Will fight at UFC Utica
FlyweightUFC
Out
March 21, 2018
Murphy will take on Sijara Eubanks in a flyweight matchup at UFC Utica on June 1, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murphy is 2-3 in five UFC fights, and definitely edges out Eubanks in the experience department. She's also tall for a flyweight at 5-7, and will hold a four-inch height advantage when the two step in the Octagon. Remember to check on Eubanks' weight cut before locking Murphy in lineups, as this has been an issue in the past.
Pulls out decision after taking bout against Barb Honchak on late notice
FlyweightUFC
Out
December 1, 2017
Murphy defeated Barb Honchak via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at the TUF 26 Finale on Friday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was a very close fight. Honchak seemed to get the better of the standing striking in all three rounds, but Murphy was doing enough to keep it close. Towards the end of the second round, Murphy finally went for a takedown and landed it easily. It might have been enough to steal a close round. She went to her wrestling earlier in the third round. Honchak threaten with an armbar, a triangle choke and a triangle armbar. Murphy escaped all the holds and ended the fight in back mount. She pulled off the win after taking the fight on short notice.
Added against Barb Honchak
FlyweightUFC
Out
November 30, 2017
Murphy will take on Barb Honchak at the TUF 26 Finale in Las Vegas on December 1, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murphy will get her wish at competing in this event, following a slew of moves that were initiated by Sijara Eubanks' weight-cutting issues. With Eubanks removed from the inaugural women's flyweight title bout, Roxanne Modifferi will take her place against Nicco Montano, which left Honchak without an opponent. This is where Murphy comes in, as the 34-year-old will look to get back into the swing of things after going almost 18 months without a fight.
Attempting to join TUF 26
FlyweightUFC
Out
May 25, 2017
Murphy is trying out for a shot at the inaugural flyweight championship at TUF 26, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journalreports.
ANALYSIS
Murphy was one of many women to try out for The Ultimate Fighter 26 on Tuesday, where contestants selected to compete have a shot at a championship in the newly-created women's flyweight division. The former bantamweight hasn't fought since July 2016 and is one of the few potential contestants already on the UFC roster. Murphy is 9-3 overall (1-3 UFC), and is hoping to rejuvenate her career with this move.