“We’ve known for a while that I should probably be flyweight,” she said. “So when they announced that they were opening the division and I found out that it was going to be on The Ultimate Fighter – which I always wanted to do – and that it was going to be for the belt, I was jumping in the gymnasium. and singing and talking to people because I was so excited.
Singing and jumping is certainly exciting, but there were some hurdles to overcome as she was forced to get away from her husband and son for six weeks in Las Vegas.
“Leaving the family was difficult, it was harder than I thought,” she said. “I’m very close to my husband, we say we’re like an old pair of shoes – we’re just going together – and I thought I’m basically going to go do a fight camp, that’s okay. It was a big deal. I really struggled not to have my family with me. My son and my husband are the most important things in my life and I missed them even more than I thought they would – by a lot.
Murphy has returned from more difficult circumstances, however, and while her past battles with drug addiction have been well documented, she has no problem telling her story to TUF viewers.
“Being sober now, part of my goal is to let people know that there is hope, and it comes in all forms,” Murphy said. “If someone is watching and they are struggling with drugs and alcohol or maybe they have a loved one who is or maybe they are just having a bad day in their sobriety, so it gives him some hope, that’s my goal now. So I really don’t mind sharing my story. It was hard to get sober, it really was, and I got a lot of help.
But that’s in the past. The same goes for his record of 1-3 CFUs. It’s the next fight now, and Lauren Murphy can’t wait for it.
“These days are behind me, these fights are behind me and I’m going to win the next one, either with a finish or it’s going to be so decisive the judges won’t have any questions in mind,” she said. “That’s how much I’ve improved.”
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