On Saturday night, Feb. 8, 2020, the UFC returns to action for their second pay-per-view event of the year, which includes two world championship bouts.
UFC 247 takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko defends her women’s flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian.
Taking place on the ESPN preliminary card will be a battle between two of the top-10 women’s flyweight fighters in the UFC as Lauren Murphy takes on Andrea Lee. Murphy is looking to make it two straight inside the Octagon and hoping to build upon the best performance of her career when she defeated Mara Romero Borella via third round TKO at UFC Newark in August.
Lee will be looking to get back in the win column after suffering her first loss in over three years at UFC 242. “KGB” would drop a close split decision to Joanne Calderwood at the September event in Abu Dhabi. The soon-to-be 31-year-old Lee has three wins in the UFC as she looks to take a step forward in the very interesting women’s 125-pound division.
Both ladies with ties to Texas are ready to get after it in a pivotal fight at 125 pounds. Murphy comes out with a superwoman punch early that was thwarted. Jab from Murphy, countered by Lee. Left hook from Lee answered by a Murphy right hand. Lee is landing that body kick but both women are showing damage. Murphy clinches up and Lee lands a nice elbow over the top. Murphy with a hard jab and Lee loses her mouthpiece again. Both women are landing big shots throughout the first two minutes. Lee with a hard leg kick and a knee to the body. Lee with another hard jab and a sidekick to the body. They trade jabs, Murphy with a straight right hand. Another hard right hand from Murphy, Lee lands a head kick. Murphy with a right hand over the top. Final 90 seconds and Murphy lands another right hand. Lee with a leg kick and Murphy answers with a right hand. Hard left hand from Murphy and Lee with an uppercut. This is a hell of a round. Another uppercut from Lee. Murphy gets taken down from the clinch, and gets back to a double leg and takes Lee down. Murphy trying to improve her position. Lee gets to her feet and the round ends.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Lee
Murphy lands first with a right hand and Lee lands a leg kick. “KGB” looking to advance with a combination but comes p short. Murphy with a straight right hand and Lee answers. They stand in the pocket and trade hard shots. Murphy with a combination and a left hook. Murphy looking to clinch and lands a knee to the body. They separate and Lee lands a right hand. They tie up and Murphy lands a quick knee before the break. Kick to the body from Lee, Murphy with a straight right hand. Murphy lands a counter right hand and shoots for a double leg. Lee is able to land a knee to the body before separation. Murphy with a hard combination, and a straight right behind it. Final two minutes to go and Murphy lands a left hand. Lee just misses a high kick. Lee with a nice combination and a leg kick to boot. Murphy pushes forward and looks for a takedown against the fence. Knee to the back of the thigh by Murphy before they separate. Murphy with a jab and a right hand. Lee with a left behind it and comes up short on a body kick. Murphy shoots for a double and lands a takedown as the round comes to an end. A close round once again, with Murphy maybe stealing it with the late takedown.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Murphy
Murphy with a shot to the body early. Lee with a nice left hook and just misses with a big combination. Jab from Murphy answered by a leg kick from Lee. Jab from Murphy lands hard and Lee’s mouthpiece is out again. Murphy goes for a high kick and slips. Lee looking for an anaconda choke and Murphy is fighting it. Lee pushes off the cage to try to improve the grip. Murphy is on her feet and ends up on top. Murphy with a short right hand and Lee has her right foot against the fence. Murphy with a right hand to the body and Lee explodes back to her feet. Final two minutes to go and Lee lands a hard combination. Both women trade shots in the center of the Octagon. Lee with a kick to the body. Murphy lands a jab before clinching, landing a knee to the body. Lee shoots for a single, Murphy defends and lands a pair of elbows. They clinch up and Murphy lands a knee to the body. They battle against the fence and looks for another takedown. Final 30 seconds and Lee lands a knee to the body. They separate and Murphy lands a hard left hand. They trade big shots and the round ends. Just give them each $50,000!
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Lee
Official result: Lauren Murphy def. Andrea Lee via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
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