Lauren Murphy

Lucky

USA

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.
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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.
Calderwood on tap at UFC 263
FlyweightUFC
March 27, 2021
Murphy and Joanne Calderwood agreed to a flyweight bout June 12 at UFC 263, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murphy is riding a win streak of four fights after defeating Liliya Shakirova via submission (rear-naked choke) in October and could earn a title shot with another victory. JoJo got back in the win column in January by beating Jessica Eye via unanimous decision and could also garner a title chance with a win.
Win streak hits four
FlyweightUFC
October 24, 2020
Murphy defeated Liliya Shakirova via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:31 of Round 2 at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It's the first submission victory of Murphy's MMA career. Facing a late-notice opponent following the withdrawal of Cynthia Calvillo due a positive COVID test, Murphy used her size advantage to easily get past Shakirova. She limited Shakirova's offensive output before forcing her to the mat and clamping on the choke that ended the fight. Murphy has found new life since dropping down to flyweight. She has racked up four victories in a row and is closing in on a title shot.
Won't fight Calvillo at UFC 254
FlyweightUFC
October 15, 2020
Murphy will now fight Liliya Shakirova at UFC 254 on October 24 after Cynthia Calvillo (undisclosed) was pulled from the bout, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's not clear why Calvillo has been removed from the card. Murphy will look to extend her win streak to four when she takes on Shakirova, who will be making her UFC debut.