Lauren Murphy does not regret her past time The Ultimate Fighter 26. If asked to start over, she would gladly say yes, even if, in doing so, she would agree to let producers define the reality seen by the rest of the world.
Murphy, 36, caused a sensation in the series – designed to crown a champion in the new female flyweight division of the UFC – when she chose at the end of the season to train with a team led by Justin Gaethje, by distancing oneself from the team led by Eddie Alvarez. . She had clashed repeatedly with the former champion, who had sadly called her by the wrong name in a passionate confrontation that had followed her decision.
If she saw Alvarez today, she said, “Maybe I would talk to her just to say,” F * ck you. ”
Interactions with the camera have only scratched the surface of what actually happened, Murphy said on Monday in The A-Side. Worse, she said that her performance compromised any potential explanation she might have had after the show aired.
“He was really, really mean to a lot of women on this show, not just me, but a lot of women,” added Murphy. “I happen to be the only one to speak or say anything about it, so this is the part that was broadcast.”
The problems started in the gymnasium, according to Murphy. She expected Alvarez to be a great coach, and he was anything but.
“He has talked a lot about women, even those on his own team with the other women on his own team,” she said. “When a woman lost a fight, as soon as she came out of the locker room, he told the rest of the team how she was giving up, she didn’t belong, she wasn’t good enough to be there, they shouldn’t be there.
“I lost a fight, and the next day he said,” She was not made for this sport. And he said that to my teammates about me, and it’s not just me. He did this to all women. “
Murphy describes an episode in which competitor Ariel Beck had a panic attack on set, requiring intervention by Alvarez. Although Alvarez did his part by giving the fighter a sympathetic ear, Murphy said that the aid belied the UFC’s lighter behavior towards fighters, and that viewers lacked context for Beck’s reaction because ‘It was not shown to viewers.
“He had a list of all the women in the house, and he surrounded a red marker, he surrounded the girls he thought could win the show, and he put a big red X on the faces of the women that he thought had no chance, and Ariel was one of those women, “said Murphy. “He put a big red X on his face. And he left this list available to all of us. So she knew all season what he thought of her. Of course, she didn’t want to go training with a guy like that who thought of her, who thought she had no chance and was not a good fighter. ”
The ruling permeated Alvarez’s approach to his six-week work on reality TV.
“He treated us like we were all a bunch of jokes, like we were just stupid little girls with our stupid little game for our stupid little competition,” said Murphy. “It would be really degrading to us. “
Alvarez did not immediately respond to a request for comment from MMA Fighting. But in a previous interview after the show, he accused Murphy of “plotting” against his teammates, highlighting, among other things, Sijara Eubanks’ weight problems and asking her for advice on beating Barb Honchak.
“You haven’t even gone past your first fight against Team Gaethje and you have already plotted two or three times against the girls on our team with whom you are going to be at the gym every day,” he said. “So I’m like, dude this girl is a bit of a headache and she sort of looks at everyone as her enemy. It just didn’t make a good attitude in the room or a good person to have around. She had been conspiring from the start. “
In response, Murphy said the intentions were not mean and called on Alvarez to interpret his actions negatively.
“Eddie just assumed I was an asshole, because he’s an asshole, and that’s how he thinks,” she said.
Even away from the gym, Murphy said Alvarez’s behavior was inappropriate for the cast.
“He came home one evening … sixteen women living in a mansion,” she said. “And he came home with a friend of his who was not even a trainer on the show – just a random guy that none of us met. He got drunk with his friend in our house, watched fights we weren’t allowed to watch, then left and never interacted with any of us. It was super disrespectful and weird.
“None of this goes on the air. But those were the kinds of things that really bothered me. I felt so disrespectful. “
If there was anything positive about the experience, Murphy said it was a chance to train with Gaethje and coach Trevor Wittman, who helped the current interim lightweight title challenger on the tray. She added that the relationships she had forged in the series had survived since the series was filmed in 2017.
When she decided to leave the Alvarez team, Murphy tried to do the right thing by giving Alvarez a card thanking him for his help. He refused to take it.
Murphy said she felt a lot of pressure to perform well in the series since she and Roxanne Modaferri already had contracts with the UFC before joining. In the end, it did not perform to the best of its ability in the spotlight.
But she thinks her original trainer didn’t help things.
“This competition was for the UFC belt,” she said. “It’s literally my dream, and it’s also Eddie’s dream, which makes it even worse, because you would think that a guy like that, who aspires to be the champion and who was the champion of the UFC, would understand how much we wanted to win this competition. This competition really meant a lot to me. I felt that I was under a lot of pressure.
“I think Eddie knew it, and I think he knows what that feeling looks like, and he has talked about it a lot. And instead of helping people in the same position. Instead, he chose to humiliate them. And to me it seemed so bad. ”