UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes

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UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes
UFC Fight Night Rivera vs. Moraes event poster.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJune 1, 2018 (2018-06-01)
VenueAdirondack Bank Center
CityUtica, New York
Total gate$322,825 [1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2

UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes (also known as UFC Fight Night 131) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on June 1, 2018, at Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York.[2]


The event marked the promotion's first visit to Utica.[2][3]

A bantamweight bout between Jimmie Rivera and former WSOF Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes served as the event headliner.[4][5]

Bryan Barberena was expected to face Jake Ellenberger at the event. However, on March 23, Barberena pulled out due to injury.[6] He was replaced by Ben Saunders.[7]

A lightweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 welterweight winner Leonardo Santos and Nik Lentz was expected to take place at this event. However, on April 28, it was reported that Santos was pulled from the event due to a hand injury.[8] He was replaced by David Teymur[9]

Niko Price was expected to face Belal Muhammad at the event. However, Price was removed from the bout on May 22 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by promotional newcomer Chance Rencountre.[10]

Hector Sandoval was expected to face Jarred Brooks at the event. However, Sandoval was removed from the bout on May 22 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by promotional newcomer Jose Torres.[11]

Former WSOF Women's Strawweight Champion Jessica Aguilar and Jodie Esquibel were scheduled to face each other in a strawweight bout. Both women successfully weighed in, but the bout was removed from the card the day of the event by the NYSAC due to a concern over a medical issue with Aguilar.[12]


Main card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight Marlon Moraes def. Jimmie Rivera KO (head kick and punches) 1 0:33
Lightweight Gregor Gillespie def. Vinc Pichel Submission (arm-triangle choke) 2 4:06
Heavyweight Walt Harris def. Daniel Spitz TKO (punches and elbows) 2 4:59
Welterweight Ben Saunders def. Jake Ellenberger TKO (knee to the body and punches) 1 1:56
Featherweight Julio Arce def. Daniel Teymur Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 2:55
Light Heavyweight Sam Alvey def. Gian Villante Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Women's Flyweight Sijara Eubanks def. Lauren Murphy Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight David Teymur def. Nik Lentz Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Belal Muhammad def. Chance Rencountre Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Desmond Green def. Gleison Tibau Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight Nathaniel Wood def. Johnny Eduardo Submission (D'Arce choke) 2 2:18
Flyweight Jose Torres def. Jarred Brooks KO (slam) 2 2:55 [a]
  1. ^ Brooks knocked himself out when attempting to slam Torres.[13]


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[15]

  • Fight of the Night: None awarded
  • Performance of the Night: Marlon Moraes, Gregor Gillespie, Ben Saunders, and Nathaniel Wood

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2018-06-02). "UFC Fight Night 131 draws announced 5,063 attendance for $322,825 gate in Utica". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  2. ^ a b Thomas Gerbasi (2018-02-03). "AC and Utica get Fight Night events". ufc.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  3. ^ Ben Birnell (2018-02-03). "UFC event set for June 1 in Utica". uticaod.com. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  4. ^ Ariel Helwani (2018-02-23). "Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes in the works for UFN Utica main event". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  5. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2018-02-28). "Rivera-Moraes grudge match set for June 1". ufc.com. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  6. ^ Staff (2018-03-23). "Bryan Barberena injured; new UFC Fight Night 131 opponent sought for Jake Ellenberger". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  7. ^ Staff (2018-03-30). "Jake Ellenberger gets replacement opponent for UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  8. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2018-04-28). "Leonardo Santos injured, out of UFC Utica fight with Nik Lentz". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  9. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2018-05-01). "David Teymur steps in to fight Nik Lentz at UFC Utica". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  10. ^ Staff (2018-05-22). "Belal Muhammad gets new opponent for UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  11. ^ Ariel Helwani (2018-05-22). "Titan FC double champ Jose Torres signs with UFC, will debut in Utica". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  12. ^ Danny Segura (2018-02-01). "Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel scratched from UFC Utica". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  13. ^ Steven Marrocco (2018-02-01). "Video: UFC fighter Jarred Brooks knocks himself out after huge slam backfires". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  14. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  15. ^ Staff (2018-06-02). "UFC Fight Night 131 bonuses: You know Marlon Moraes won $50,000 for that KO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-06-02.