Lauren Murphy


Wins again, title shot likely next
June 12, 2021
Murphy defeated Joanne Calderwood via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
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.
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Calderwood on tap at UFC 263
March 27, 2021
Murphy and Joanne Calderwood agreed to a flyweight bout June 12 at UFC 263, reports.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Fight in works for late October
August 13, 2020
Murphy and Cynthia Calvillo have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 254 on October 24, reports.
The flyweight bout does not have a location at this point. Murphy is coming off a unanimous decision win over Roxanne Modafferi in late June.
Win streak hits three
June 20, 2020
Murphy defeated Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's Murphy's third victory in a row and fourth in her past five bouts. As is seemingly always the case in Murphy bouts, this was an ugly, grinding affair. Murphy won the total strike battle by a count of 92-71, in addition to landing the only two successful takedowns of the bout. Murphy isn't known for her wrestling, but she displayed excellent timing on her takedowns here. It was a strong effort for Murphy on the heels of her upset split decision win over Andrea Lee in February.