Don’t look now, but Lauren Murphy may be knocking on the door of title contention in the women’s division, flyweight.
Saturday evening, Murphy notched his third straight win in a row with a unanimous decision victory over Roxanne Modafferi at the UFC on ESPN, 11 of the preliminary.
Murphy used a powerful counter striking game combined with the strong wrestling to keep Modafferi out of balance, round after round until the fight was over. While Modafferi looked comfortable on his feet at the beginning, she fell in love with the right fist, while Murphy was mixing up her combinations in return.
The variation of punches to be thrown benefited from Murphy in the second round, when she landed a quick counter right that put Modafferi on wobbly legs. Murphy rushed forward in an attempt to seize on the opening, but Modafferi has done a good job staying out of trouble until she has recovered.
When she did not finish, Murphy’s confidence has grown as she began to move forward with more aggressiveness and events Modafferi down with a convincing on the floor.
With five minutes of the end, Modafferi’s corner urged her to take the fight to Murphy, because the first two rounds could have easily been shared between them. Modafferi listened as she began to move forward while throwing punches, but Murphy was still on the landing of his focusing on his counter-attacks.
In the end, Murphy has just done a better job of connecting with his shots whilst out and about, striking Modafferi in all three rounds.
The unanimous decision victory giving Murphy his third straight win and a 4-1 record in its last five. As the fly of the division continues to seek candidates to challenge the reigning champion, Valentina Shevchenko, Murphy has now emerged as a new threat.