Miriam Nakamoto's Coach Responds To Lauren Murphy's Post-Fight Statements
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.22.2014
He's not happy...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Miriam Nakamoto's (2-1) coach Kirian Fitzgibbons responded to a blog post written by Lauren Murphy (8-0) after her TKO bantamweight title win at Invicta FC 7 in December. Murphy accused Nakamoto of asking for the fight to be stopped. The referee waved off the fight in the fourth round when Nakamoto suffered a knee injury in the third. Here are highlights:
On his reaction to Murphy's post: "Lauren Murphy, if you're so good, then just be good. Be happy with your belt. But she's not happy with her belt, because she knows she doesn't deserve her belt. Everybody knows that belt should have been Miriam's, and I've kept my mouth shut and I've been respectful and never said that until this point."
On Murphy getting lucky: "Lauren Murphy has stated, ‘I always get my ass kicked for the first two rounds of a fight, and then I come back. So I know that even if Miriam, yes I admit, kicked my ass for the first two rounds in the fight, I was going to come back. The tide was turning. I was going to win that fight.' That's not true. You were 7-0 before you fought Miriam. Five of your fights were TKOs in the first or second round. The two decisions that you had went to decision and you got beat up in the first round. So if you always lost the first two rounds of your fights, when you fought Miriam, your record would have been 2-5. So that's a lie. You got beat up by Miriam Nakamoto for two-and-a-half rounds. The tide definitely turned when Miriam blew her knee out on a takedown. That is when the third round changed. Until that moment, you were losing the round."
On getting a rematch: "Now, her fans are going to continue saying that she should have won, but I want everybody to remember what she said in that interview the next time she stands in front of Miriam, and Miriam absolutely destroys her. Because she brought it on herself. That is, if she survives ‘Cyborg.' Winning the Invicta belt would have been wonderful; it would have been another accomplishment. But for Lauren, it is without a doubt the biggest accomplishment of her sorry life. And, sadly, there's a great big giant asterisk next to it. Good for you, Lauren Murphy. Bra-f–king-o."