Tuesday, June 25

Lerone Murphy: UFC Fight Night 241 headliner vs. Edson Barboza ‘a scams check’ for me

Lerone Murphy believes the UFC is putting him to the test at UFC Fight Night 241.

Murphy (13-0-1 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) fulfills Edson Barboza (24-11 MMA, 18-11 UFC) in Saturday’s headliner (ESPN+) at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas– his very first centerpiece.

Barboza will mark an action up in competitors for the unbeaten Murphy, who sees the Brazilian veteran as an opportunity to show that he’s all set to make a title run.

“We’ve done some excellent training to press that, to make it through the psychological fights,” Murphy informed The Allstar. “And then entering into the 4th and 5th, that’s when you actually see what you’re made from which’s why they put the young potential customers like me into a five-round battle– due to the fact that if it’s a three-round battle, it’s absolutely various.

“I seem like the UFC are attempting to truly see: Am I champion quality? Let’s see it. Let’s see it now. I seem like that’s why they made it 5 rounds, due to the fact that otherwise, they would have put it on the Brazil card as a three-rounder. They would have put it in Manchester as a 3 rounder. It’s a scams check.”

Murphy hasn’t completed because beating Josh Culibao in June 2023. He was scheduled to deal with Dan Ige at UFC Fight Night 236, however withdrew due to injury. Now he gets an even larger chance in a centerpiece versus Barboza.

(This is) the greatest battle of my profession, quickly,” Murphy stated. “It’s a huge chance, which’s how I’m taking a look at it. Clearly, I appreciate him and I understand how top-level he is. He’s remained in there with the very best, however I seem like it’s my time to shine. It seems like it’s now or never ever for me. I’ve been through a lot, numerous ups and downs, and now I’ve got my chance. I require to head out there and really maximize it.”

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