When Lauren Murphy squared off with Mara Romero Borella, it was the beginning of an unbelievable run at 125 kilos.
After splitting her first two appearances at flyweight, Season 26 “Ultimate Fighter” alum Murphy confronted Borella at UFC on ESPN 5 in August 2019.
The leg kicks had been touchdown for Borella early, however a pressuring Murphy began backing Borella up with some onerous punches. Murphy continued to press ahead, however simply over two minutes into Round 2, Borella was capable of time a wonderfully executed takedown. Murphy labored her approach again up fairly shortly and the 2 spent the remainder of the spherical exchanging positions within the clinch.
In Round 3, Murphy landed a lead uppercut that appeared to stumble Borella and she or he put her foot on the fuel pedal and stormed ahead. Borella tried to duck below for one more takedown, however she was met with an enormous Murphy knee which floored her. Murphy dropped a number of elbows, forcing the referee to cease the combat.
Murphy (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) would go on to win her subsequent 4 fights in a row, en path to a title shot. She returns to motion on Sept. 25 when she challenges ladies’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) within the co-main occasion of UFC 266, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Before she faces Shevchenko, relive Murphy’s end over Borella within the video above.