‘I Have Never Been Finished’- Lauren Murphy Ready for Valentina Shevchenko

Published 06/16/2021, 12:08 PM EDT


The UFC Women’s fighter ‘Lucky’ Lauren Murphy fought Joanne Calderwood in a Flyweight contest at UFC 263. The battle took place in the preliminary section of the event, but still was an important fight for the Flyweight division. The fight went the distance where Lauren Murphy emerged victorious by split decision. This marked her fifth victory in a row and has helped to build a strong case for her title crack.

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‘Lucky’ sits on the number three spot under two former title challengers Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian. Now after her latest victory Lauren Murphy joined MMAFighting in an interview demanding her title shot. Murphy said, “One hundred percent I’ve earned the title shot. Who can deny that? Nobody in the division has anything close to the same resume that I have.”

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Murphy continues “Nobody in the division has five straight wins over all ranked opponents. None of my opponents have been a gimme. it’s either been people in the top ten or one short notice fight that was you know totally out of my control.”

“I have never been finished I’ve never been close to getting finished. Every loss that I have is to either a former champion or a UFC title contender.”

Lauren Murphy a genuine title contender

The current Women’s Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has defeated both Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian. ‘The Bullet’ was able to stop both the ladies earning a TKO/KO win over the number one and number two in the rankings. Therefore, a rematch is highly unlikely and doest seems to excite the fans.

EDMONTON, AB – SEPTEMBER 09: Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan raises her hands after facing Amanda Nunes of Brazil in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC 215 event inside the Rogers Place on September 9, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

As per the rankings, Murphy seems the most genuine option for a title contender. She is a fresh opponent and has never fought for the title in her UFC career. ‘Lucky’ could offer a unique challenger for the Flyweight queen, as both the ladies have never fought against each other.

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Murphy really believes that no one else deserves a title shot more than her. And looks ready to upset the current champion Valentina Shevchenko to earn her first title win.

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Does Murphy has what it takes to beat ‘The Bullet’ ?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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