The UFC world was stunned after women’s flyweight Lauren Murphy had her face reconfigured by former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade at UFC 283.
The fight was almost as one-sided as it could have been with Andrade winning 30-25 on two judges’ cards and 30-26 on the other.
This means that on two maps, two of the judges felt rounds two and three were tilted so much in Andrade’s favor that she won rounds 10-8.
At the end of the second, former champion Daniel Cormier said, “I don’t know if I’ll stop this fight.
Jon Anik added, “What are we trying to accomplish by going another five years.”
Cormier thought there had already been two 10-8 rounds, with only the third round to go – which was the only unanimous 10-8 round on the scorecards.
With more than two minutes left in the third round, Cormier said Murphy didn’t even see the punches.
“The ref has to stop him. He looks like he wants to, do it man,” Cormier said.
A minute later, amid a flurry of fire, Anik said: “(Referee) Osiris Maia might want to get in there.”
“But he won’t,” Cormier said. “I’m sitting next to (UFC matchmaker) Mick Maynard and Mick is saying what he needs to see. This fight could have been stopped a long time ago.
When the fight ended, Cormier said, “It’s so hard to watch that.”
While Andrade looked fresh as the fight ended, Murphy was disfigured. It was damage that even UFC fighters didn’t want to see.
UFC heavyweight Tanner Boser tweeted: “That was screwed up. Andrade is a freak and Lauren Murphy is one of the toughest humans alive which made this even harder.
Bantamweight Cub Swanson added, “Crazy props to Lauren Murphy for finishing that fight, but her corner should have thrown in the towel.”