On Friday, June 1, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 131: Rivera vs. Moraes from the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y.
In the night’s main event, surging bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera clashed with former World Series of Fighting titleholder Marlon Moraes. Rivera had tasted defeat just once in his 22-fight career, a split decision loss in his second bout, and had won five straight bouts inside the Octagon. Brazil’s Moraes, meanwhile, stumbled in his UFC debut, a split decision loss to Raphael Assuncao, but had since rebounded with wins over John Dodson and Aljamain Sterling.
The action kicked off at 6:55 p.m. ET with two bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary-card bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card taking place at 10 p.m. ET, also on Fox Sports 1.
Marlon Moraes def. Jimmie Rivera by knockout (head kick and punches). Round 1, 0:33
Gregor Gillespie def. Vinc Pichel by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 2, 4:06
Walt Harris def. Daniel Spitz by TKO (punches). Round 2, 4:59
Ben Saunders def. Jake Ellenberger by TKO (knee to the liver). Round 1, 1:56
Julio Arce def. Daniel Teymur by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 2:55
Sam Alvey def. Gian Villante by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Sijara Eubanks def. Lauren Murphy by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
David Teymur def. Nik Lentz by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Belal Muhammad def. Chance Rencountre by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Desmond Green def. Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
Nathaniel Wood def. Johnny Eduardo by submission (D’arce choke). Round 2, 2:18
Jose Torres def. Jarred Brooks by TKO (slam and punches). Round 2, 2:55