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UFC Fight Night 131: Rivera vs. Moraes (6/1/2018) - Utica, NY (Adirondack Bank Center)


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UFC Fight Night 131

UFC Fight Night 131: Rivera vs. Moraes 
June 1, 2018
Utica, NY (Adirondack Bank Center)

Jimmie Rivera (134.6) vs. Marlon Moraes (135.4) - Moraes, KO (head kick and punches), R1 (0:33)
Gregor Gillespie (155.6) vs. Vinc Pichel (155.8) - Gillespie, SUB (arm triangle choke), R2 (4:06)
Walt Harris (253) vs. Daniel Spitz (243.8) - Harris, TKO (elbows), R2 (4:59)
Jake Ellenberger (170.4) vs. Ben Saunders (169.4) - Saunders, TKO (knee to the body), R1 (1:56)
Julio Arce (145.4) vs. Daniel Teymur (145.8) - Arce, SUB (rear naked choke), R3 (2:55)
Gian Villante (205.2) vs. Sam Alvey (204.8) - Alvey, DEC (unanimous)

Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card:
Sijara Eubanks (125.6) vs. Lauren Murphy (125.6) - Eubanks, DEC (unanimous)
Nik Lentz (155.4) vs. David Teymur (155.8) - Teymur, DEC (unanimous)
Belal Muhammad (170.2) vs. Chance Rencountre (170.6) - Muhammad, DEC (unanimous)
Desmond Green (155.4) vs. Gleison Tibau (155.2) - Green, DEC (unanimous)

Fight Pass Preliminary Card:
Johnny Eduardo (135.8) vs. Nathaniel Wood (135.4) - Wood, SUB (d'arce choke), R2 (2:18)
Jarred Brooks (125.8) vs. Jose Torres (125.2) - Torres, TKO (slam reversal and punches), R2 (2:55)

Event Bonuses ($50,000)
Performance of the Night: Nathaniel Wood
Performance of the Night: Ben Saunders
Performance of the Night: Gregor Gillespie
Performance of the Night: Marlon Moraes

Attendance: 5,063
Gate: $322,825
Rating: 517,000 viewers

Cancelled Bouts:
Bryan Barberena vs. Jake Ellenberger - Injury to Barberena
Leonardo Santos vs. Nik Lentz - Injury to Santos
Niko Price vs. Belal Muhammad - Injury to Price
Hector Sandoval vs. Jarred Brooks - Injury to Sandoval
Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel - Bout Removed By Commission

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This has all the makings of unfolding like Almeida vs. Garbrandt a couple years ago where it's suppose to be the crowning moment for one prospect and the other prospect comes through in a big way. 

People might be underestimating Jimmie Rivera, especially since he has went several months between his last two bouts (September 2016 to July 2017 to now).

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The hype video for Dos Anjos-Covington really made me want to see that fight, which of course was the whole point. Another example of MMA doing pro wrestling better than pro wrestling. Covington is an amazing heel and Dos Anjos came off like a super babyface who is going to put a repulsive snot nosed punk in his place. It was just so great.

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Gillespie's ceiling is extremely highly. Credit to Anik for bringing up having to wrestle against a murderer's row like Dake, Phil Taylor, and Jordan Burroughs.

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