Lauren Murphy made the most out of another chance under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner.
A women’s flyweight bout kept “The Ultimate Fighter” 26 Finale rolling. Barb Honchak and Murphy traded leather inside the Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Honchak landed a right hand. Murphy was able to connected with a short left hand. A solid leg kick was there for Honchak. A right hand was there for Murphy. Both fighters got in some clean strikes near the end of the round.
A clean shot landed for Honchak in the second stanza. Color commentator Daniel Cormier believed Murphy was hurt. With about 30 seconds left in the round, Murphy scored a takedown. The round ended with Honchak in top control.
In the final round, Murphy was able to score a takedown. She was in full guard. Honchak went for an armbar. She switched to a triangle before going back to the armbar. Murphy got out of danger and took the back of her opponent. She held the position until the final horn sounded.
Two of the three judges scored the fight for Murphy, awarded her the split nod.
Final Result: Lauren Murphy def. Barb Honchak via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)