Aside from the token kicks that Silva de Andrade threw, Murphy was the aggressor in the first round and several of his head kicks came within inches of a devastating conclusion.
Perhaps they served as a warning to his opponent because as we entered the final minute of the round, he finally started throwing some combos of his own.
That was perhaps Murphy’s issue; he wasn’t throwing in bunches, there was a lot of single shots, getting in and getting out.
When both men want to work on the outside, it becomes a bit of a waiting game.
Silva de Andrade scored a takedown right at the start of the second round and seemed to have a pretty commanding control of Murphy’s back, but the Manchester product was able to wriggle away.
Back on the feet, Murphy gave the Brazilian a clean shot with his right hand and began to take the initiative. The 29 year old kept switching stances as he looked to engage with Silva de Andrade and he certainly half the size and power in the clinch.
A big leg kick from Murphy that stumbled his foe closed out the round. Murphy won the second round, but the clean, big shots were still quite hard to find.
Into the third round and Silva de Andrade started the more assertive and landed the cleanest shot of the round with a jarring right hook that sent Murphy back to the cage.
Murphy recovered well and and came out with some uppercuts and during the next enchange, Silva de Andrade accidentally low blowed the Brit.
That caused a break in the action, but as soon as they resumed it was the Brazilian who came to fight once more and he was trying his absolute best to close the distance.
Murphy then landed a massive right hand over the top of an advancing Silva de Andrade and put the 26-3 fighter on the backfoot.
That led to clinch against the cage and saw Murphy score a takedown which might have swung the round in his favour as he saw the remaining 30 seconds out in control looking for shots.
Lerone Murphy got the decision with 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 and got the Brits on the board for the night after losses for Tom Breese and Mason Jones.
Murphy was his own worst critic after and suggested that he was ‘no where near’ what he is capable of. Following the fight, he went to see UFC president Dana White as soon as he left the octagon.