“I Couldn’t Do Sh**!”- Lauren Murphy Speaks Out After Valentina Shevchenko Loss at UFC 266

Published 09/27/2021, 10:48 AM EDT


UFC women’s flyweight fighter Lauren Murphy plans to take a break from the octagon after UFC 266. ‘The Lucky’ addressed her fans for the first time after her defeat against the flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko.

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Valentina Shevchenko handed Murphy the first TKO loss of her UFC career in a women’s flyweight title bout. The latter earned a title shot after an amazing five-fight win streak. However, ‘The Bullet’ dominated the fight and finished her off with a barrage of punches and ground and pound in the fourth round of the fight.

Recently, Murphy shared her thoughts on the fight and said, “Rough night at the office. I couldn’t do shit in there last night. Sometimes it just be like that. It was an honor to share the cage with a fighter of Valentina’s caliber. I am proud to have earned a spot across from her. I loved the walkout and felt great in the cage. My corners did a great job too. They just kept it simple and positive, like I asked them to.”

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She added, “I can’t stand it when corners rush in and scream at a fighter about how they’re losing rounds. I know when I’m losing rounds and I knew I needed to make something happen. I couldn’t make it happen due to getting hit every time I tried. As the great Chael P Sonnen once said, The problem is, I was in there with a much better fighter tonight. Shit happens, but I’m okay. We live to fight another day. It was an amazing experience to fight for the UFC title. I’ll never forget it or regret it. I’ll be back, but for now, I want to enjoy some time off. Thanks everyone for your support and kind words! They’re appreciated.”

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The American women’s fighter soon found her way back into the win column with a win over Kelly Faszholz, only to be defeated in her next bout. The 15-5 record-holder was 2-4 in the UFC until 2019. Things started changing for ‘The Lucky’ after 2019 as she made her way up the flyweight division with back-to-back wins.

Murphy was on a five-fight win streak before she got her first-ever title shot in the UFC. However, her dreams to lay her hands on the flyweight gold were shattered by a fourth-round knockout at UFC 266. As of now, the former title challenger will take some time off before entering the octagon again.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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