Lauren Murphy discusses her rocky relationship with her The Ultimate Fighter 26 coach, Eddie Alvarez.
Lauren Murphy did not walk away from The Ultimate Fighter 26 best friends with Eddie Alvarez.
Women’s MMA veteran Murphy was coached by Alvarez, a former UFC lightweight champ, on the latest season of the long-running reality show. But after No. 3 seed Murphy was upset by No. 14 seed Nicco Montaño in the tournament’s first round, Murphy and Alvarez did not see eye to eye regarding Murphy’s post-fight actions.
Emotional after the loss, Murphy did not show up to Team Alvarez’s training session the morning after, as she wanted some alone time to process what had just happened. Alvarez made it clear he didn’t think that was the right thing to do when Murphy showed up at the afternoon session. Murphy didn’t think that was fair, so she ripped into the 155-pound contender afterwards in an interview on the show.
“Eddie met me super recently,” Murphy said (transcription via MMAFighting.com). “He doesn’t know anything about me. I’m doing my best here and if I need two hours to process the fact that I just blew my shot at the UFC title, like give me two f-cking hours by myself to cry it out and f-cking think about it and miss my husband and miss my kid and figure out how I’m gonna explain to them that I f-cking blew it without somebody correcting my boxing technique. For two f-cking hours. I don’t think that’s asking so much, I don’t think that’s an unreasonable request the day after I just fought my f-cking ass off in the cage.
“So don’t f-cking get on my ass or send out a bunch of bad energy because I didn’t go out to the gym this f-cking morning when you wanted me to. Like, I should be there immediately. I felt like I got hit by a f-cking bus this morning. F-ck.”
In a Wednesday interview with MMAFighting.com, Murphy further explained what it was like having Alvarez, a Philadelphia native, as her coach.
“I was definitely really resentful about it and I was really very envious of the girls on Team Gaethje, because they were allowed to have rest days whenever they wanted, they were having a lot of fun on their team,” she said. “It seemed that their coaches really treated them with a lot of respect and I felt like I was getting the shitty end of that deal, having Eddie as a coach.”
In an interview from The Ultimate Fighter, Alvarez discussed the Murphy situation from his point of view. He said reacting poorly to a loss is “kind of a selfish thing to do considering there’s eight other girls around you depending on you.”
“My job as a coach is to keep the morale of the team up,” Alvarez said. “Regardless of what goes on, I tell these girls all the time, I don’t care what happens. I care how we react to them. If you have a terrible reaction to a loss or what goes on, you start bringing down the spirit and the morale of the whole team.”
Murphy, currently a free agent, wasn’t happy when she found out Alvarez had said the above words. Since Alvarez didn’t say the same thing to Murphy directly, per the women’s flyweight, Murphy didn’t know what Alvarez had said until watching the episode when it aired last week.
“I was blown away,” said Murphy, who trains out of The MMA Lab in Arizona. “I was like, he f-cking said that shit about me? I can’t believe it. That’s crazy to me. I’m the one bringing down morale? Motherf-cker, you’re the one talking shit about me to the rest of the team. I’m quietly sitting at home taking a rest day and you’re talking shit about members of our own team. Who’s really bringing down the morale here? Or to say that those girls depend on me? Depend on me for what? I’m not their coach. You’re their f-cking coach. They’re depending on you.
“I guess part of me feels like it’s cowardly for him to say that to the camera and not be able to say it to my face, because he’s definitely never talked to me like that when the show was filming.”
The Ultimate Fighter 26 marks the launch of the UFC’s newest division, women’s flyweight. The winner of the show will be crowned the inaugural champion in December.