Lauren Murphy

Lauren Marie Murphy[1] (born July 27, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently fights in the women's flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion. As of June 13, 2022, she is #3 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings.[8]

Lauren Murphy
BornLauren Marie Smith[1]
(1983-07-27) July 27, 1983 (age 38)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Other namesLucky
ResidencePeoria, Arizona, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2]
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
DivisionFeatherweight
Bantamweight (2013–2016)
Flyweight (2017–present)
Reach67 in (170 cm)[3]
Fighting out ofGlendale, Arizona, U.S.
TeamThe MMA Lab (2014–2019)[4][5]
Main Street Boxing and Muay Thai (2019–present)[6]
Grindhouse MMA (2019–present)[5]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[7] under John Crouch[citation needed]
Mixed martial arts record
Total20
Wins15
By knockout8
By submission1
By decision6
Losses5
By knockout1
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Murphy grew up in a small town in Alaska.[9] Her father was killed in a plane crash when she was 11, causing issues that led to drinking, using drugs and dropping out of high school.[9] Murphy said about starting martial arts: "I took my son to a Jiu Jitsu class in late 2009, and I took the class with him to encourage him. I fell in love with it and started going all the time. I began training MMA about 3 months later, and took my first pro fight 3 months after that. I did not have any amateur fights."[10] She attended nursing school but dropped out to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.[11]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Murphy began her pro mixed martial arts career in Alaska on June 9, 2010, fighting in the featherweight division (145 lbs). She won four straight fights and captured two featherweight titles; one for Alaska Fighting Championship and one for the now-defunct promotion Alaska Cage Fighting.[12][13]

After moving to Florida, Murphy stepped in on short notice to face Jennifer Scott in a bantamweight bout at Legacy Fighting Championship 18 on March 1, 2013. She defeated Scott by TKO in the first round.[14]

Invicta Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

Murphy made her Invicta FC debut as a replacement opponent against Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013.[14] She defeated Young by unanimous decision.[15][16]

On July 13, 2013, Murphy faced Sarah D'Alelio at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg.[17] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[18][19]

Murphy faced Miriam Nakamoto for the inaugural Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith on December 7, 2013.[20][21] She won the fight to become the first bantamweight champion when Nakamoto suffered a knee injury in the fourth round.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On July 3, 2014, it was announced that Murphy had signed with the UFC. She made her debut against Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 47 on August 16, 2014.[22] McMann won the fight by split decision.[23]

Murphy faced Liz Carmouche on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[24] She lost the fight by unanimous decision. However, 10 out of 13 media outlets scored the bout for Murphy, whilst 3 scored it for Carmouche.[25]

Murphy faced Kelly Faszholz on February 21, 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy. She won the fight via TKO due to punches and elbows in the final seconds of the third round. The win also earned Murphy her first Fight of the Night bonus award.[26]

Murphy face Katlyn Chookagian on July 13, 2016 at UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker.[27] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In August 2017, it was announced that Murphy would be one of the fighters featured on The Ultimate Fighter 26, where the process to crown the UFC's inaugural 125-pound women's champion will take place.[29]

Murphy, representing team Alvarez, was seeded third and therefore was automatically set to fight fourteenth seed Nicco Montaño. She lost the fight via Unanimous Decision in two rounds, eliminating her from the competition.[30] Later, feeling discontent with her training on Team Alvarez (especially with Alvarez), she switched teams to Gaethje.[31]

UFC returnEdit

Murphy was scheduled to face Priscila Cachoeira on December 1, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale. However, due to a visa issue, the fight was cancelled and Murphy was asked to be ready to fight as an alternate.[32] With Roxanne Modafferi elevated to the main event to fight Nicco Montaño after Sijara Eubanks was medically disqualified from the title fight, Murphy stepped in to face Barb Honchak.[33] Murphy won the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[34]

Murphy faced Sijara Eubanks at UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes on June 1, 2018. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

Murphy was scheduled to face Ashlee Evans-Smith on February 17, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 1.[36] However on December 19, 2018 Murphy announced and withdraw from the event as she would need more time off to recover from foot surgery.[37]

Murphy faced Mara Romero Borella on August 3, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 5.[38] She won the fight via TKO in the third round.[39]

Murphy faced Andrea Lee on February 8, 2020 at UFC 247.[40] She won the fight via controversial split decision.[41] 12 out of 12 MMA media outlets scored the contest for Lee with none scoring it for Murphy,[42] despite Murphy achieving a higher degree of accuracy and securing the only two takedowns in the fight.[43]

Murphy faced Roxanne Modafferi on June 20, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov.[44] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[45]

Murphy was expected to face Cynthia Calvillo on October 24, 2020 at UFC 254.[46] However, Calvillo was forced to withdraw the bout due to positive COVID-19 test and was replaced by an undisclosed fighter. In turn, the substitute also tested positive for COVID-19 and was replaced by promotional newcomer Liliya Shakirova.[47][48] Murphy won the fight via a submission in round two.[49]

As the first bout of her new contract, Murphy faced Joanne Calderwood on June 12, 2021 at UFC 263.[50] She won the fight via split decision.[51]

Murphy faced Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship on September 25, 2021 at UFC 266.[52] She lost the fight via technical knockout in round four.[53]

Murphy was scheduled to face Miesha Tate May 14, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 36.[54] However, the bout was moved to UFC 276 for unknown reasons.[55] In turn, a week before that event, Murphy pulled out after she tested positive for COVID-19.[56] They were then rescheduled for July 16, 2022 at UFC on ABC 3.[57]

Personal lifeEdit

Murphy has a son, Max, from a previous relationship.[11]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Brazilian jiu-jitsuEdit

  • 2014 IBJJF Blue Belt Middle Weight No Gi World Championship Gold Medalist

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 15 wins 5 losses
By knockout 8 1
By submission 1 0
By decision 6 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–5 Valentina Shevchenko TKO (elbows and punches) UFC 266 September 25, 2021 4 4:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 15–4 Joanne Calderwood Decision (split) UFC 263 June 12, 2021 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 14–4 Liliya Shakirova Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 254 October 24, 2020 2 3:31 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 13–4 Roxanne Modafferi Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov June 20, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–4 Andrea Lee Decision (split) UFC 247 February 8, 2020 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 11–4 Mara Romero Borella TKO (knee and elbows) UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler August 3, 2019 3 1:46 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 10–4 Sijara Eubanks Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes June 1, 2018 3 5:00 Utica, New York, United States
Win 10–3 Barb Honchak Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale December 1, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Flyweight debut.
Loss 9–3 Katlyn Chookagian Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker July 13, 2016 3 5:00 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Win 9–2 Kelly Faszholz TKO (elbows and punches) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy February 21, 2016 3 4:55 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 8–2 Liz Carmouche Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas April 4, 2015 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 8–1 Sara McMann Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux August 16, 2014 3 5:00 Bangor, Maine, United States
Win 8–0 Miriam Nakamoto TKO (knee injury) Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith December 7, 2013 4 0:23 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Won the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Sarah D'Alelio Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg July 13, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 6–0 Kaitlin Young Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 5–0 Jennifer Scott TKO (elbows) Legacy Fighting Championship 18 March 1, 2013 1 4:10 Houston, Texas, United States Bantamweight debut.
Win 4–0 Julia Griffin TKO (punches) Alaska Cage Fighting: Tribute to Veterans October 28, 2011 2 4:26 Fairbanks, Alaska, United States Won the ACF Women's Featherweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Willow Bailey TKO (retirement) Alaska Fighting Championship 79: Champions January 12, 2011 2 3:00 Anchorage, Alaska, United States Won the AFC Women's Featherweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Leslie Wright TKO (punches) Alaska Fighting Championship 76 October 13, 2010 2 2:25 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 1–0 Kloiah Wayland TKO (punches) Alaska Fighting Championship: Mat Su Showdown 2 June 9, 2010 1 0:17 Wasilla, Alaska, United States

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Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Nicco Montaño Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion September 20, 2017 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 26 Elimination round.

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
New championship
1st Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion
December 7, 2013 – July 3, 2014
Succeeded by