Lauren Murphy


Scores big win in Newark
August 3, 2019
Murphy defeated Mara Romero Borella via TKO (strikes) at 1:46 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN 5 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
Having just one knockout win on her ledger since December 2013, Murphy picked a heck of a time to secure a second. In what was a tight, back-and-forth matchup throughout, Murphy took advantage of a careless takedown attempt from the Brazilian. She dropped Mara with a huge knee as she pushed forward and quickly added a few more vicious strikes to close the show. Murphy, who turned 36 years old last week, has now alternated wins and losses in her past six bouts.
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Fight moved back one week
June 20, 2019
Murphy will now take on Mara Romero Borella on August 3 in Newark, Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA reports.
The bout was originally scheduled for UFC 240 on July 27, but for unknown reasons, the fight was pushed back a week.
Next fight at UFC 240
May 17, 2019
Murphy (foot) will take on Mara Romero Borella in a flyweight matchup at UFC 240 on July 27, Raphael Marinho of reports.
Murphy was slated for a chance to bounce back from a loss to Sjara Eubanks last February, but was forced to withdraw due to a foot injury. Effectively, it will be more than a year since the 35-year-old has entered the Octagon when the cage doors close in July. Romero Borella sports a 2-1 record in the UFC, most recently taking down Talia Santos in February. Murphy has better numbers in terms of striking volume, but the defense of Romero Borella is superior over a small sample size. A 62 percent takedown defense could be an issue for Murphy, as Romero Borella has recorded at least one takedown in each of her first three fights with the company.
Fight with Ashlee Evans-Smith off
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, reports.
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.
No-shows Friday's loss to Sijara Eubanks
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.
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
March 21, 2018
Murphy will take on Sijara Eubanks in a flyweight matchup at UFC Utica on June 1, reports.
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.