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UFC Fight Night 131 live results: Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 131: Rivera vs. Moraes, emanating from the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York.

The Octagon debuts in Utica with a heated rivalry in the bantamweight division and a bout that could determine the next challenger at 135 pounds.

Jimmie Rivera puts his 20-fight win streak, which dates back over nine years ago, on the line against rival Marlon Moraes, who is looking for his third-straight win. Things have been heated between the two over recent months.

Rivera has UFC wins over the likes of Urijah Faber, Pedro Munhoz and Thomas Almeida during his five Octagon appearances, while Moraes has scored back-to-back wins over top ten fighters in John Dodson and Aljamain Sterling. Both are currently ranked inside the top five in the UFC's bantamweight division.

In the co-main event, Gregor Gillespie looks to keep his undefeated record intact as he battles Vinc Pichel, winner of four straight fights. Also on the main card is a welterweight clash between Jake Ellenberger and Ben Saunders, and a light heavyweight battle between Gian Villante and Sam Alvey.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.

***A scheduled fight between Jessica Aguilar and Jodie Esquibel at strawweight was scrapped less than an hour before the show by the NYSAC. Reportedly this was due to chapped lips on the part of Aguilar. 


> Jarred Brooks (13-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. Jose Torres (7-0, 0-0 UFC)

Brooks knocked down Torres with a spinning back fist early. As Torres was trying to get up, Brooks grabbed his neck with a front choke and held him down for awhile, while landing a lot of knees to the body. Torres eventually got up but Brooks was landing more on the feet and got a takedown with a minute left. He quickly took the back. Torres got to his feet but Brooks stayed on his back for the rest of the round. Easy 10-9 Brooks

Torres got an early takedown but Brooks was right up. It was more even on the feet with Torres starting to push the action. Brooks picked up Torres and went for what looked like a side suplex and landed straight on his head, knocking himself out. Torres landed a few punches before the ref stopped it. Was ruled a TKO but Brooks was out when his head hit the mat.

Official result - Jose Torres (8-0) by TKO (punches) at 2:55 of Round 2

On repeated viewings the finish looked like a shoot Canadian Destroyer. Worth going out of your way to find that finsih. 

> Johnny Eduardo (28-11, 3-3 UFC) vs. Nathaniel Wood (13-3, 0-0 UFC)

Both guys were throwing a lot of leg kicks early. Wood was landing some nice combos in the first part of the round but as Eduardo figured out his timing, he started missing more. Eduardo was landing a ton in the 2nd half and rocked Wood a few times. By the end of the round, Wood was bleeding from his nose and had reddening all over his face from the shots he took. 10-9 Eduardo 

Eerily similar to the first fight as Eduardo came out strong. Wood was starting to land a bit on the feet so Eduardo went for a takedown but Wood stuffed it and ended up on top. He moved into position for a D'Arce choke and once he secured it, Eduardo tapped quickly.

Official result - Nathaniel Wood (14-3) by submission (D'Arce choke) at 2:18 of Round 2


> Desmond Green (20-7, 1-2 UFC) vs. Gleison Tibau (33-13, 16-11 UFC)

Round was entirely on the feet. Tibau had a couple takedown attempts that were easily blocked by Green. Other than that, Green outlanded Tibau by a 2-1 margin in the round and just kept a decent pace, landing occasional combos. Tibau looked much older and slower than usual. 10-9 Green 

Round 2 was closer. Tibua was throwing a lot of combos but looked to have missed about 80% of his punches. Green was landing some counters but wasn't terribly active. Even his corner said it was close but I thought he did enough to take the round easily. 10-9 and 20-18 Green

Round started slowly with neither guy landing much and then halfway throough the round, Green landed a short jab that rocked Tibau. He followed up with a punch combo and Tibau went down and looked out of it but got up quickly. Green let up and Tibau got his wits back. The had some nice exchanges late in the round and Green seemed to know he had the round won and was trying to avoid taking any damage. 10-9 Green, 30-27 overall

Offical result - Desmond Green (21-7) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2; 29-27)

> Belal Muhammad (13-2, 4-2 UFC) vs. Chance Rencountre (12-2, 0-0 UFC)

Started slow with neither guy landing much the first couple of minutes. Then Muhammad started connecting with hard leg kicks and by the end of the Rencountre's lead leg was all red. Punching exchanges were pretty even with Muhammad slightly more active but neither guy doing much damage. Rencountre may have actually landed the hardest shot with a counter late in the round. 10-9 Muhammad 

Really boring round with not much happening. Muhammad got an early takedown but Rencountre got right up. Neither guy was landing any kind of combinations, just single shots and mostly from distance. Muhammad pretty much abandoned the leg kicks. Muhammad got off a couple of really nice combos in the last 15 seconds to seal the round, though. Total strikes actually 50-12 according to the strike count, with 25 in each round though. Didn't seem like he landed that much. 10-9 Muhammad, 20-18 overall

Totally dominant third from Muhammad. He was outlanding Rencountre significantly on the feet. He got a couple of takedowns as well. He did some ground and pound on the first one but Rencountre got up quickly. On the second, with about 90 seconds left, he immediately took the back and was working for rear naked choke most of the last minute while also landing punches to the head. Rencountre did get to his feet right before the bell. 10-8 Muhammad, 30-26 overall

Official result - Belal Muhammad (14-2) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

> Nik Lentz (28-8-2 1 NC, 12-5-1 1 NC UFC) vs. David Teymur (7-1, 4-0 UFC)

Teymur was dominating the standup with a good mixture of punches and kicks. He rocked Lentz at one point and it looked like Lentz was about to go down but managed to stay up. Lentz had some effective clinch work on the cage but Teymur poked him twice in the eye and then grabbed the cage but the ref apparently missed all of it. After they broke, Teymur again dominated the standup until the round ended. Ref warned Teymur between rounds that he'd dock a point if he kept it up. 10-9 Teymur

Much closer second round. Teymur was landing almost exclusively leg kicks, while Lentz would land occasional punches but no combinations at all and he really didn't hurt Teymur. Lentz did get a flash takedown about 2 minutes in. Strike count was only 36-31 for Teymur by the end of the 2nd so it's closer than it feels like it is. 10-9 Teymur, 20-18

Teymur got an early takedown but Lentz went for a guillotine on the way down. Teymur escaped and got off some nice ground and pound that bloodied Lentz up before they both got to their feet. The rest of the round was just each guy mostly throwing kicks from distance with not a lot of punches landed. It was close but Teymur had the one nice exchange that hurt Lentz, which should win him the round. 10-9 Teymur, 30-27 overall

Offical result - David Teymur (8-1) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2; 29-28)

For some reason, Teymur got promo time and it was pretty bad. He asked the crowd how much they liked the fight and, since it was pretty boring, he was met with lukewarm applause. He asked for top 10 opponent and Jon Anik said he deserved it but I'm not so sure about that. 

> Sijara Eubanks (#2, 2-2, 0-0 UFC) vs. Lauren Murphy (#3, 10-3, 2-3 UFC)
Women's Flyweights

Slow start but it picked up after Eubanks got a takedown. Murphy was up quickly but Eubanks landed some nice punch combos and opened up a cut around Murphy's right eye that was bleeding the rest of the round. Murphy stood toe to toe with her and the standup was fairly even after that. Eubanks was controlling the pace but seemed to tire at the end of the round. 10-9 Eubanks 

Eubanks was better on the feet early and started mixing in leg kicks with her punches. She then got a takedown and when it went to the ground, Murphy was far more active. Eubanks did get in some ground and pound but Murphy was constantly going for submission and did throw up some elbows. It was real close but I gave it to Eubanks 10-9 and 20-18 overall

Not much happened in the third. Eubanks really seemed to be tiring but continued to throw strikes with not much behind them. She was only landing at a 20% clip but because the volume of strikes thrown, she still connected more than Murphy. She got a late takedown to secure the round and the fight. 10-9 Eubanks, 30-27 overall

Official result - Sijara Eubanks (3-2) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2; 29-28)


> Gian Villante (#15, 16-9, 6-6 UFC) vs. Sam Alvey (32-10 1 NC, 9-5 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Really slow fight for most of the round with Villante throwing almost exclusively kicks and Alvey throwing punches, occasionally in combos but not usually. For the most part, it was just Villante leading Alvey around the cage and both guys trying to stay away from each other. Alvey had a flurry at the end of the round where he knocked Villante down and pounced on him but Villante did get up at the buzzer. 10-9 Alvey 

2nd round was the same as the majority of the first was but Alvey was slightly more active as Villante really seemed to not want to get anywhere near him. Strike count with about a minute left was 11-6 for Alvey in round 2 and he landed a couple more combos after that and should take the round. 10-9 Alvey, 20-18 overall

Exact same as the first 2 round. Villante advancing the entire round. Alvey throwing occasional punches. Villante mixed in a few more punches with his kicks. Total strike count for the fight was almost even and Villante had a slight edge in round 3 so he gets this round 10-9 but fight overall is 29-28 Alvey

Official result - Sam Alvey (33-10) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

Alvey cut a great promo after the fight. He put over Villante as the toughest fighter he's ever faced and then called out Corey Anderson and mentioning Mexico as a possible location for the fight. He always beats the local guy and then ends up having the fans cheer him anyway. 

> Julio Arce (14-2, 1-0 UFC) vs. Daniel Teymur (6-1, 0-1 UFC)

The two guys looked very different but the fight was almost the exact same as the previous one. Arce was advancing the majority of the time and throwing punches but not many of them. Teymur was connecting with leg kicks for the most part and probably did enough to win the round although Arce had a couple of late combos that could've swayed some judges in a close round. 10-9 Teymur

Arce took over in the 2nd, which was all standing. He really picked up his output and landed a lot more strikes. At one point, the strike count was 25-10 in the round and for the fight, head strikes landed were 30-3. Teymur tried to clinch up a few times but Arce was able to punch his way out of it. Teymur was warned a couple of times for grabbing the cage, as his brother was earlier. 10-9 Arce, 19-19 overall

Arce continued his dominance on the feet and then got a takedown. He immediately took the back and secured a body triangle after landing some punches to the head. He got the rear naked choke and Teymur fought it off for awhile but eventually had to tap before he would've passed out. 

Official result - Julio Arce (15-2) by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:55 of the 3rd round

Arce begged for 50K, which is never a good sign although after 5 straight decisions, this looked pretty good. Arce was so happy to pick up a win in his home state. 

> Jake Ellenberger (31-13, 10-9 U-7FC) vs. Ben Saunders (21-9-2, 8-6 UFC)

Ellenberger caught a kick and landed a nice punch combo before taking it to a cage clinch. Saunders landed some knees to the body to break free. Ellenberger went right back to the clinch and Saunders landed a hard knee to the liver and Ellenberger was down and out. Ref stepped in immediately to stop the fight. 

Official result - Ben Saunders (22-9-2) by KO (knee) at 1:56

Saunders was really fired up for his post-fight promo. Says he can stop any welterweight in the division and said he's dedicated his life to the sport and thanked Dana White, the Ferttitas and Joe Silva for bringing him back to the UFC

> Walt Harris (10-7, 3-6 UFC) vs. Daniel Spitz (6-1, 1-1 UFC)

Both guys just lumbered around for five minutes with Harris leading the way. Spitz threw a few kicks, most of which missed. Harris got off a couple punch combos. Crowd alternated between wooing and booing. 10-9 Harris

2nd round was the exact same as the first, only worse until Harris dropped Spitz with a punch combo late in the round and then finished him with punches on the ground right before the round ended. 

Official result - Walt Harris (11-7) by TKO at 4:59 of the 2nd round

> Gregor Gillespie (11-0, 4-0 UFC) vs. Vinc Pichel (11-1, 4-1 UFC)

Gillespie took him down almost immediately and quickly moved into side control. He didn't do a ton of damage and Pichel got up. He was taken right back down again and somewhere Gillespie ended up cut on the cheek and bleeding. Gillespie held him down the majority of the round and whenever Pichel would briefly get up, he'd be brought right back down. He didn't do a ton of damage but the complete dominance was enough for a 10-8 Gillespie round in my book

Gillespie took him down and immediately took the back. Pichel kept working to get to his feet and then getting dragged right down. Gillespie was in control for every second of the round and then he eventually moved into side control and eventually mount. He quickly secured an arm triangle and Pichel tapped almost immediately. 

Official result - Gregor Gillespie (12-0) by submission (arm triangle) at 4:06 of the 2nd round

Gillespie was ridiculously over with the crowd in his home state for his post-fight promo. That was his fifth straight win in UFC, tied for the 4th longest streak in the division. He put over Pichel as a tough opponent. He's also finished 4 straight opponents, the 3rd longest streak in any division. He wouldn't call out anyone specifically but said he's going fishing tomorrow and every day this week and then plugged his buddy's match in PFL next week on a different network. Woops. 

> Jimmie Rivera (#4, 21-1, 5-0 UFC) vs. Marlon Moraes (#5, 20-5-1, 2-1 UFC)

Moraes dropped Rivera with a head kick and finished him with punches on the ground to end the 20 fight win streak of Rivera. 

Official result - Marlon Moraes (21-5-1) by KO (head kick) at 33 seconds

Moraes dedicted the fight to his son who is about to be born and asked Dana White for 50K and a title shot. Said over and over again he wants his next fight to be for the title and it absolutely should be after this performance. 

If you want to check out my play by play from this show, you can find it here