Lauren Murphy (born July 27, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently fights in the women's bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion.
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."
Murphy began her pro MMA 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.
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.
Murphy made her Invicta FC debut as a replacement opponent against Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013. She defeated Young by unanimous decision.
On July 13, 2013, Murphy faced Sarah D'Alelio at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg. She won the fight by unanimous decision.
Murphy faced Miriam Nakamoto for the inaugural Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith on December 7, 2013. She won the fight to become the first bantamweight champion when Nakamoto suffered a knee injury in the fourth round.
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. McMann won the fight by split decision.
Murphy faced Liz Carmouche on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63. She lost the fight by unanimous decision.
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.
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.
Murphy, representing team Alvarez, was seeded third and therefore was automatically set to fight fourteenth seed Nicco Montano. She lost the fight via Unanimous Decision in two rounds, eliminating her from the competition.Alaska Cage Fighting women's featherweight champion
Alaska Fighting Championship women's featherweight champion
Invicta FC bantamweight champion
2014 IBJJF Blue Belt Middle Weight No Gi World Championship Gold Medalist
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Fight of the Night (One time)