After her original opponent Cynthia Calvillo was kicked out of UFC 254 after testing positive for COVID-19, Murphy told the matchmakers to find her an opponent and she would still get a win at Abu Dhabi She certainly delivered after picking up her first career submission by tapping UFC newcomer Liliya Shakirova with a bare rear choke in round two
“I feel great,” said Murphy after his win “It’s been one of the best weeks of my life
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Before calling for the title, Murphy had to send Shakirova first and she actually started the fight by stalking her through the octagon and presenting her In return, Shakirova attempted a few takedowns but Murphy did been quick to defend and get out of bad positions
Over time, Murphy seemed to ignore Shakirova’s punching power on the feet while throwing her combinations, which often included knees against the body on multiple occasions
Eventually, Murphy chose to take the fight to the ground, which then allowed her to shred Shakirova’s defense while applying pressure with her grappling hook game.
Once Murphy took the back, she immediately put her arms around Shakirova’s neck and the end was near for the UFC newcomer The Tap came at 3:31 in the second round
Murphy has now claimed four straight wins with two finishes during that streak Defending flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is currently considering a fight with Jennifer Maia in November, but Murphy has gone out of his way to name herself the next person in the running to compete for this 125-pound title
Lauren Murphy, Liliya Shakirova
World News – CA – UFC 254 Results: Lauren Murphy claims title shot after slapping Liliya Shakirova with rear choke
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