Eagle River woman wins big MMA fight in Las Vegas

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 13:59

Eagle River’s Lauren Murphy improved her pro MMA record to 10-3 Friday, Dec. 1 with a victory at the Ultimate Fighter 26 season finale in Las Vegas.

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog reported Murphy’s victory, a narrow three-round decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Barb Honchak. The 34-year-old Chugiak High grad known as “Lucky” was making her flyweight debut in the bout.

The win was big for Murphy, who according to mmafighting.com was supposed to fight Priscila Cachoeira, but was slotted against Honchak at the last minute after Honchak’s original opponent, Roxanne Modafferi, was promoted to a UFC flyweight title fight.

“Can’t put into words how happy I am today!” Murphy wrote on Instagram (@LaurenMurphyMMA). “I went to war with Barb Honchak last night. I took the fight on ONE day’s notice. She is one of the best flyweights of all time, and was the #2 seed and semifinalist on #TUF26. This win means so much to me — every win does, but this one is extra special.”

The Ultimate Fighter 26: “A New World Champion” is a reality show that aired this fall on the Fox Sports 1 cable network.

The show featured a bracket-style tournament, during which Murphy — who now fights out of Peoria, Arizona — lost to Nicco Montano in the round of 16. Montano defeated Honchak in the semifinals and beat Roxanne Mondafferi to win the title.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Murphy’s win was her first in four tries; Murphy is 2-2 in her last four pro fights, not 1-3.

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