Murphy signs four-fight deal with UFC, debuts in August
She’s going to the UFC.
The world’s biggest and baddest mixed martial arts league has signed the undefeated bantamweight to a four-fight deal, starting Aug. 16 in Maine against accomplished fighter and former Olympic wrestler Sara McMann.
“I couldn’t be happier with the matchup. It’s a really tough first fight and I’m really excited about that,” Murphy told me. “I’m really glad to get a tough fight right out of the gate.”
The 30-year-old Alaskan has an 8-0 career record as a professional, including a 3-0 mark with Invicta, another pro fighting league.
It was only four years ago that Murphy began fighting for money – now she’s bound for the major leagues of MMA.
“Words can’t even describe how excited I am. Once I found out I was in the UFC, I did the girly jump up and scream, and jumped in my husband’s arms,” she said with a laugh.
“I plan to outwork everyone around me. I’ve tried really hard to push myself passed what I thought was possible. Making the UFC is a big deal but I have to remember I’m just making it to the starting line of the biggest race. There is a lot more hard work ahead of me.”
Murphy, of Chugiak High fame, will face a fighter in McMann who last fought in a title match and lost to UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. McMann, 33, has a 7-1 record, 1-1 in the UFC.
This will be the biggest fight in Murphy’s life.
“I want the tough fights. I want a challenge so when I do well I can look people in the eye and say I went out there and I performed,” she said. “I don’t want to just make the UFC and be content to be there. I want to tear up that division. I want to be successful in the UFC. I want people to remember me and I want to put on great fights, so that means I have to work even harder now and I’m excited to get that process started.”