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Matt Murphy (left) celebrates a recent victory in an MMA match at a UIC Forum on Saturday, March 11, against opponent Roman Papue. Photos by Michelle Keim/XFO60
From left to right: Barry Hoppen, Asef Askar, Matt Murphy and Alex Trujillo pose for a photo after Murphy’s win at the UIC Forum on March 11.
Matt Murphy, 21, of Tinley Park, poses for a photo with a fan outside of the University of Illinois at Chicago prior to his match.
Frank Gogola, Freelance Reporter
9:58 am CDT March 14, 2017

Matt Murphy took a punch to the face – and then a few more while lying on the ground.

Things were not starting out great for the Tinley Park resident in his mixed martial arts contest on Saturday, March 11, at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum.

“What was going through my head was I put so many hours into this, and one punch can’t do it,” Murphy said. “It’s going to take so much more than that to make me give up on what I worked for this whole time.”