Lauren Murphy

Lucky

USA

Fighting in July
FlyweightUFC
March 16, 2022
Murphy's bout against Miesha Tate will now be moved to UFC 276 on July 2, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was originally booked for April 9 then moved to May 14. Now it lands a couple months later in early July where Murphy will look to bounce back from her TKO loss in the UFC Flyweight Championship last September to Valentina Shevchenko.
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Upcoming fight pushed back
FlyweightUFC
January 10, 2022
Murphy's upcoming fight against Miesha Tate, originally scheduled for April 9 at UFC 273, will be moved to UFC's event May 14, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear as to why the fight has been moved to a later date, but both fighters will now have more time to prepare as a result. Murphy will aim to redeem herself after taking home a loss in her last match against Valentina Shevchenko in September.
Taking on Miesha Tate
FlyweightUFC
January 10, 2022
Murphy will face Miesha Tate on April 9 in a flyweight fight at UFC 273, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murphy will be looking to bounce back from her TKO defeat against Valentina Shevchenko in September, a setback that ended a five-fight winning streak. Her opponent, Tate, is a former bantamweight champion who will be dropping down a division after losing three of her last four fights.
No-shows UFC 266 defeat
FlyweightUFC
September 25, 2021
Murphy came up short in her quest for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Valentina Shevchenko via TKO (punches) at 4:00 of Round 4 at UFC 266 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
As expected, Murphy was obliterated. Typically this would be termed a disappointing effort, but Murphy -- like virtually everyone before her -- was thrust into a situation in which she had no chance of succeeding. The gap between Shevchenko and every other woman at 125 pounds is arguably greater than every other division in the sport today. Unlike some of the other women sacrificed to Valentina, Murphy at least earned her opportunity on the strength of five straight wins. Of course, a knockout of Mara Romero Borella, a submission of Lillya Sharikova, a unanimous decision over Roxanne Modafferi, and split decisions over Joanne Calderwood and Andrea Lee doesn't prepare you for the hurricane that is Shevchenko. It was the first stoppage loss of the 38-year-old Murphy's professional career. Better days are ahead, but the odds of "Lucky" every competing for a UFC title again are virtually zero.
Challenging Shevchenko at UFC 266
FlyweightUFC
July 13, 2021
Murphy will challenge Valentina Shevchenko for the women's Flyweight Championship at UFC 266 on Sept. 25, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murphy is on a five-fight win streak, most recently defeating Joanne Calderwood via split decision in June. Murphy will likely go into the title bout as a significant underdog against the seemingly unbeatable Shevchenko.
Wins again, title shot likely next
FlyweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Murphy defeated Joanne Calderwood via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
Perhaps Murphy deserved to win, perhaps not, but it's difficult to get too worked up about the decision when a fight is this close. Murphy won the second round on the strength of her grappling and control time, but the first and third frames could have gone either way. The bottom line is that Murphy continues to emerge victorious. That's five victories in a row for the soon-to-be 38-year-old, and Murphy would appear to be well positioned to be next in line for a shot at Valentina Shevchenko's UFC Flyweight Championship. Of course, we have seen this story before and know how it is going to end even if Murphy does get the opportunity, but the fact she is in this position is remarkable considering she began her UFC run with four losses in her first six bouts.