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Lauren Murphy Ready To Play Spoiler In Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — UFC lightweight Lauren Murphy will be more than happy to spoil the home crowd when he takes on Jessica Andrade at UFC 283 on Saturday night.

“I’m excited to fight in front of Brazilian fans because the energy they bring to all events is well known. I love coming in and being the villain and the underdog, and I love sabotaging people’s plans and ruining their parties,” Murphy told ESPN on Wednesday. reporter.

“I’m expecting them to really root for Jessica, that’s what fans are supposed to do. I think it’s really bad when the whole arena is packed and the energy is so intense.”

In Andrade, she will face a powerful striker who has been aggressive from start to finish. Murphy wasn’t worried about what his opponent was planning to do in the Octagon Saturday night.

“I didn’t really think about what Jessica was going to do. It didn’t really matter to me what she was going to do. She could play any game she wanted to. She was going to end up fighting me and that was it. I just Thinking about what I have to do to be honest with you,” Murphy said.

Victories over Andrade have historically propelled boxers into title discussions, and that’s something Murphy would want to do in order to beat lightweight champion Valentin Shevchenko again.

“That’s why I’m asking for this fight. It’s definitely a tougher fight than my last one. It’s like climbing a bigger mountain, taking a bigger bite. It just presents a fight with Miesha (Tate) It’s a completely different style,” she said.

“Yeah, it’s just a different kind of challenge, and a tough one. That’s what I want, so when I go back to the title I feel confident and I’m going to have that experience. For me Said, it’s all about taking these challenges and seeing how far I can go. She just happens to be like the perfect person in the perfect place at the perfect time.”

Watch Lauren Murphy’s entire media day discussion above. Murphy takes on Jessica Andrade Saturday night at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro.

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