“I Don’t Remember the Fourth Round”- Lauren Murphy Details How She Felt While Fighting Valentina Shevchenko

Published 10/02/2021, 10:15 AM EDT


Lauren Murphy earned her first-ever UFC flyweight title shot with a five-fight unbeaten streak. However, the current champion, Valentina Shevchenko, handed ‘Lucky’ the first knockout loss of her UFC career at UFC 266.

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Recently, in an interview with MMAFighting, ‘The Lucky’ gave her take on the fight and the current flyweight champion.  “Valentina is definitely on a different level. Like I have never competed with anybody like that before.”

“Her pressure on top was like the way I couldn’t move on the ground, like that’s never really happened to me before. And just like the level of her striking and even just the way she competes. She is very present and aware the whole time.”

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She added, “We got the whole plan now, but anyway. And she is incredible. It was pretty crazy to be in there with somebody that level. Because I’ve truly never competed with anybody that level before and I don’t remember the fourth round, really. So I guess that’s pretty good. Yeah, it’s a bummer to lose.”

“It’s always a bummer to lose, and that’s the first time I have ever been finished. I think it was a good stoppage. I was pretty out of it by the time the ref pulled her off of me. Yeah, it’s definitely not the outcome we wanted, but to be honest, it was pretty cool being in there with a martial artist of her caliber. That’s a pretty cool experience. That must be what it’s like when people play one on one with Michael Jordan or maybe that’s how guys felt when they were fighting Khabib or something. It was really like holy sh** this girl is on another level.”

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Lauren Murphy and Her Journey to the UFC Flyweight Title

Lauren Murphy was on an amazing eight-fight win streak before she made her UFC debut. However, the former Invicta champion faced two losses right after her debut in the promotion. But the rough time didn’t stop the 15-5 record holder. ‘Lucky’ soon found her way back into the win column.

The American women’s flyweight fighter had four losses in her UFC career until 2019. ‘Lucky’ then went back to the drawing board and went on a five-fight win streak, defeating the likes of Joanne Calderwood, Andrea Lee, and Liliya Shakirova.

Following her absolute dominance in the women’s flyweight division and five-bout unbeaten streak, ‘Lucky’ earned herself a title shot against Valentina Shevchenko.

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However, the Russian women’s fighter gave Murphy a setback at UFC 266. Now the 38-year-old will take a break from the fighting for a while but will hope to make her way back to a title shot once 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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