Lauren Murphy batters Miesha Tate to spoil flyweight debut

Murphy and Tate fought a competitive fight, but the damage on their faces would suggest otherwise

Lauren Murphy is far from finished with the UFC women's flyweight elite.

Murphy and Tate fought for 15 hard minutes to open Saturday's main card.

Their outputs on the feet were relatively close and their respective wrestling skills negated each other.

It was Murphy's ability to damage Tate that separated them on the scorecards.

Murphy's jab had Tate's nose dripping with blood in Round 1 and gushing in Round 2.

Murphy also appeared to break Tate's orbital bone as "Cupcake" dealt with bad swelling and a cut under her right eye.

Murphy told UFC commentator Daniel Cormier during a post-fight interview.

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