After suffering the first loss of his career last year to Carson Beebe at World Series of Fighting 3, bantamweight prospect Joe Murphy rebounded earlier this year with a hard-fought, split-decision victory over Victor Henry at Fight Club OC in April.
For Murphy, the win over Henry in FCOC helped reenergize him and put a positive turn back on things.
“It was different that it was in a ring instead of a cage, and that changes some of the aspects of the game, but it was really nice to get back in there and get my hand raised,” Murphy told MMAWeekly.com.
“It was a solid fight. We put it down that night. It was a pretty good experience.”
Murphy realized that in the loss to Beebe last year that he has to be sure he puts enough work in throughout the entire fight to ensure everyone sees things his way.
“I did look back and realized that I was leaving out a lot of the points game,” said Murphy. “I rely a lot on finishing and putting a lot of pressure for the finish, but I got (Beebe whom) I couldn’t really choke, I realized that the judges were probably looking at points.
“I still think – along with the people in the arena and the people from World Series – that I won that fight. But the judges didn’t.”
Murphy (7-1) will look to pick up his second straight win at Friday’s RFA 21 event in Costa Mesa, Calif., against Brazilian standout Bruno Frazatto (6-1).
“He’s definitely my most decorated opponent,” Murphy said of Frazatto. “He’s got a lot of jiu-jitsu (accolades) and is doing well in MMA too, so I’m excited to get in against someone like him.
“I’m thankful for the experience, thankful he took the fight and that we get to test our skills against each other.”
With a win, Murphy hopes to attract the kind of attention that will allow him to make the move up in competition in 2015.
“With this platform we’re on, we both need a win to take things to the next level,” he said. “We’re co-main event on national TV (on AXS TV), and this is a big chance for one of us to take a big step in our career and get our name out there big time.”