Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will make a quick turnaround for its FOX Sports 1 return, lighting up the airwaves with UFC Fight Night 131 inside Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York, which includes additional preliminary bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass. Headlining the “Empire State” fight card is the bantamweight grudge match between top contenders Jimmie Rivera and Marlon Moraes, with the winner likely to receive the next 135-pound title shot. Elsewhere on the card, Gregor Gillespie and Vinc Pichel collide for a spot in the featherweight title chase, while longtime veterans Sam Alvey and Walt Harris compete in middleweight and heavyweight action, respectively.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 131 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.
Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Rivera vs. Moraes.”
Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 131 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 131 QUICK RESULTS:
Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes — Moraes def. Rivera by TKO (head kick and punches) at 0:33 of Round One
Gregor Gillespie vs. Vinc Pichel — Gillespie def. Pichel by submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:06 of Round Two
Walt Harris vs. Daniel Spitz — Harris def. Spitz by TKO (punches and elbows) at 4:59 of Round Two
Jake Ellenberger vs. Ben Saunders — Saunders def. Ellenberger by KO (knee to the body) at 1:56 of Round One
Julio Arce vs. Daniel Teymur — Arce def. Teymur by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:55 of Round Three
Sam Alvey vs. Gian Villante — Alvey def. Villante by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Sijara Eubanks vs. Lauren Murphy — Eubanks def. Murphy by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Nik Lentz vs. David Teymur — Teymur def. Lentz by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Belal Muhammad vs. Chance Rencountre — Muhammad def. Rencountre by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Desmond Green vs. Gleison Tibau — Green def. Tibau by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-27)
Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel
Johnny Eduardo vs. Nathaniel Wood — Wood def. Eduardo by submission (d’arce choke) at 2:18 of Round Two
Jarred Brooks vs. Jose Torres — Torres def. Brooks by KO (slam) at 2:55 of Round Two
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 131 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
135 lbs.: Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes
Round 1: Low kick from Moraes to start, then a head kick that floors Rivera. A few more punches seal the deal.
Final result: Moraes def. Rivera by TKO (head kick and punches)
155 lbs.: Gregor Gillespie vs. Vinc Pichel
Round 1: Left hook from Gillespie and a quick takedown on the cage. Side control for Gillespie. One minute in. Gillespie staying tight, landing short left hands Pichel spis to his knees and Gillespie briefly threatens a front choke. Combination from Gillespie on the fence, then another takedown attempt. He runs the pipe for another takedown. Gillespie fires a knee as Pichel stands, takes him down yet again. Pichel with an elbow off his back. Half guard for Gillespie. Two minutes to go.
Gillespie threatens an arm triangle, then hops into mount. Pichel scrambles to his knees, lands a right hand when he stands. One minute to go. Gillespie shoots, stuffed. Again, but he continues to drive and winds up in side control. Gillespie locks up an anaconda, can’t finish before the bell. 10-9 Gillespie.
Round 2: Pichel with an early left hand. He fires a leg kick and Gillespie takes him down for it, moving right back to side control. Piechel again rolls to his knees and drives. Gillespie wrangling him from the front headlock. Looks for the back a minute in. Right hands from The Gift. He drags Pchel to his knees and puts his hooks in. Two minutes in. Pichel gets free of the hooks, nearly slammed back down. Pichel surrenders side control. Two minutes to go.
Gillespie looking for mount, just about has it. Gillespie secures the arm triangle and forces a tap.
Final result: Gillespie def. Pichel by submission (arm triangle choke)
265 lbs.: Walt Harris vs. Daniel Spitz
Round 1: Spitz staying light on his feet. Sending out early kicks. One minute in. Spitz tries to press forward. Two minutes in. Body kick by Spitz, Harris answers in kind. Hard right hook by Harris kicks off a combo. Leg kick lands. Two minutes to go.
Body kick from Harris. One minute to go. Leg kick from Harris. Spitz tries a head kick. Low kick lands for him. 10-9 Harris.
Round 2: Harris fires an early head kick, eats a leg kick. Side kick from Spitz. Hard knee by Harris as Spitz tries to change levels. Harris catches a low kick, tries a head kick. Right hand by Spitz. This fight is bad and they should feel bad. Two minutes in. Spitz oblique kick. Harris whiffs on a pair of right hooks. Two minutes to go.
Spitz tries a body kick. Right hand lands for him. Harris tries a combo, doesn’t land clean. One minute to go. Harris finally lands a huge left hand and pummels Spits until the referee steps in.
Final result: Harris def. Spitz by TKO (punches and elbows)
170 lbs.: Jake Ellenberger vs. Ben Saunders
Round 1: Saunders opens with a head kick attempt. Tentative start. Ellenberger catches a kick, lands a right hand a minute in and ties up. Knees from Saunders. More knees. Huge knee to the body folds Ellenberger and Saunders is back in the win column.
Final result: Saunders def. Ellenberger by KO (knee to the body)
145 lbs.: Julio Arce vs. Daniel Teymur
Round 1: Low kicks from Teymur. Arce tries a head kick. One minute in. Another leg kick from Teymur. Arce with another head kick attempt. Teymur still focusing on the leg kicks. Straight left from Arce connects. Hard straight left. Two minutes to go.
They tie up and Teymur puts him on the fence. Knee to the body, foot sweep attempt. They exchange in the clinch. One minute to go. Front kick from Arce met by an overhand right. More leg kicks from Teymur, who eats a straight left. Arce goes low-high. 10-9 Teymur.
Round 2: Body kick, straight left land for Arce. Good jab, head kick attempt. Teymur hurls a counter hook. Arce counters a low kick with a straight left a minute in. Jabs from Arce. Good uppercut. Teymur catches a kick, can’t use it. Arce bangs the body, etas a left hook. Combination by Arce two minutes in. Teymur ties up on the fence. Two minutes to go.
Arce pressuring, avoids a wild spinning back fist. Teymur with some knees on the fence. One minute to go. Back to the center, Arce lands a tight left hand. Head kick. Combination lands. 10-9 Arce.
Round 3: Arce continuing to pressure. Teymur misses wildly on a spinning back fist. Teymur leg kick hits groin. Hard straight left by Arce. One minute in. Arce catches a kick, then gets Teymur to the ground and takes the back, locking up the body triangle. Two minutes in. Arce works his forearm under Teymur’s chin and squeezes as Teymur fights his hands. Despite the spirited defense, Teymur’s forced to tap.
Final result: Arce def. Teymur by submission (rear naked choke)
205 lbs.: Sam Alvey vs. Gian Villante
Round 1: Villanta opens with a body kick. Counter hook by Alvey. Another counter right a minute in, then a low kick. 3-2. Leg kick from Villante, body kick afterwards. More low kicks. Two minutes in. Villante walks into yet another right hook. Low kick and right hand by Villante. 3-2 by Alvey. Two minutes to go.
Body kick from Villante. He’s still walking onwards. Alvey takes one to the nards. One minute to go. Counter left by Alvey. Another one drops Villante in the final seconds, but Villante survives the rush. 10-9 Alvey.
Round 2: Villante back to marching forward, sending out kicks. One minute in. Straight right connects for Villante. Body kick. Two minutes in. 3-2 from Alvey, his first offense of the round. Another left hand connects for him. Two minutes to go.
Low kicks from both men. Hard 2-3 by Villante. They trade near the fence. One minute to go. Flurry lands for Alvey, Villante waves him on. Left hook by Villante. 10-9 Villante.
Round 3: More of Villante walking forward, sending out kicks and punches. One minute in. Alvey not doing much. Low kick by Villante. 1-2 from Alvey connects. Leg kick by Villante. Swatting hook connects two minutes in. Alvey finds the mark with a right hook. Body kick comes back at him a while later. Villante tries a head kick. Two minutes to go.
They trade in the center, both landing good shots. Left hand lands for Alvey. One minute to go 1-2 by Villante. Villante tries a head kick, takes a right hook. Alvey lands a left and Villante ties up. 10-9 Villante. I smell a split.
Final result: Alvey def. Villante by split decision
125 lbs.: Sijara Eubanks vs. Lauren Murphy
Round 1: Eubanks with a counter leg kick off a right hand. Jabs from Murphy. One minute in. Eubanks looking for a takedown against the fence. Knee to the body by Murphy as they separate. Two minutes in. They trade right hands. Body shot, right hand from Eubanks. Another wide right hand. 1-2 from Murphy in return. Eubanks low kick. Two minutes to go.
Leg kick and body kick land for Eubanks. Glancing head kick. Eubanks trying to walk her down on the fence with a minute to go. Combination by Murphy, knees in the clinch. Leg kick lands. Eubanks with a hard combo at the bell. 10-9 Eubanks.
Round 2: Low kick from Eubanks. Right hand lands, Murphy comes back with a combo. One minute in. Lead right connects for her. Overhand right lands. Body kick. Eubanks shoots, grabs a body lock. Two minutes in. Eubanks gets the high-crotch lift and takes her down into guardas Murphy looks for a guillotine. Now gogoplata attempt.Two minutes to go.
Solid upkick by Murphy as Eubanks stands over her. Eubanks looking for half guard. Murphy regains guard. One minute to go. Back to half guard. Elbow from Eubanks. Hammerfists, Murphy tries to answer in kind. 10-9 Eubanks.
Round 3: Murphy shoots in for a single-leg. Eubanks counters and lands a few before they stand. One minute in. Jab exchange. Glancing overhand from Eubanks. Two minutes in. 1-2 from Eubanks, right hand by Murphy. More exchanging in the pocket. Murphy shoots, stuffed. Body kick by Eubanks. Two minutes to go.
1-2 by Eubanks. Front kick to the body. Straight right upstairs. Murphy looks fresher, but not landing the better strikes. Eubanks hits a reactive takedown into guard. Murphy again tries a gogoplata without success. One minute to go. Eubanks ends the round on top. 10-9 Eubanks.
Final result: Eubanks def. Murphy by unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Nik Lentz vs. David Teymur
Round 1: Teymur fires a head kick, avoids right hands. More head kicks, Lentz lands a left hook. Body shot by Teymur. One minute in. Counter left briefly drops Lentz. Check hook as Lentz chases him. Body kick and left hand for Teymur. They trade low kicks. Two minutes in. Lentz briefly ties up. Low kick from Teymur, flurry from Lentz. Lentz catches a body kick and ties up, but can’t keep him down. Two minutes to go.
Teymur pokes Lentz in the eye and grabs the fence to defend, which the referee completely misses. They trade power punches. Front kick by Teymur. Counter left by Teymur. One minute to go. Lentz body kick, Teymur left hand. Hard body shot. Lentz landing more hard body kicks. Right hook and leg kick by Teymur. Body kick from Lentz. 10-9 Teymur.
Round 2: Lentz staying aggressive early, busy with punches. Low kick lands for him. Teymur lands one in return, avoids a combo. Check hook by Teymur a minute in. Low kick again by Teymur. Body kick. Lentz shoots off a leg kick, Teymur worms his way free. More low kicks. Body kick by Lentz; that’s been his best strike so far. Two minutes in. Another low kick by Teymur, who eats a glancing head kick. Teymur ducks a left, tosses him down, lands a left on the way up. Two minutes to go.
Teymur tries a wheel kick, lands a leg kick. Teymur tries a foot sweep after another head kick gets blocked. One minute to go. Lentz fires a body kick, eats a leg kick as he does. Body kick lands for Teymur. 10-9 Teymur.
Round 3: Early left hand for Teymur. 2-1 by Lentz in return. Leg kick and spinning back kick by Teymur, overhand left. Leg kick a minute in. Lentz walking into counters, catches a body kick for a takedown attempt. Lentz looks for a guillotine after Teymur grabs the fence, can’t get it. Stiff jab by Teymur. Low kick from Teymur. 1-2 from Lentz. Another nasty low kick comes back at him. Lentz with a nice counter right when Teymur overextends. Straight left. 1-2 from Teymur, eats a leg kick. Two minutes to go.
Things slow down in the next minute. 1-2 from Teymur. One minute to go. Another leg kick by Teymur, another, then a flush front kick to the face. 10-9 Teymur.
Final result: Teymur def. Lentz by unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Belal Muhammad vs. Chance Rencountre
Round 1: Muhammad on the front foot, as expected. Rencountre hurls a combo that falls short. Left hand from Rencountre a minute in. Muhammad falls short with a right. Low kick lands for him. Rencountre firing his jab. Low kick exchange. Muhammad buzzes him with a combo. Two minutes in. More low kicks by Muhammad. Overhand right lands on the fence and he stuffs a takedown. Two minutes to go.
Another leg kick by Muhammad. Both connect with their power hands. Hard overhand right. One minute to go. Straight left by Rencountre. Muhammad with a glancing right on the fence. Rencountre counters a body kick with a straight left. 10-9 Muhammad.
Round 2: Muhammad still walking him down, firing combinations. Good right hand by Muhammad, then a counter jab. Muhammad shoots and dumps him to the mat. One minute in. Rencountre manages to kick his way free after absorbing minimal ground-and-pound. Two minutes in. Rencountre tries a knee tap. Counter right lands for Muhammad. Body kick by Rencountre. Left hand lands with two minutes to go.
Brief tie-up on the cage. One minute to go. Rencountre tries some wild left hands, eats one in return. Left hook by Muhammad. Snap kick just misses, body kick does not. Overhand right lands clean. Good jabs. He lands an axe kick at the bell. 10-9 Muhammad.
Round 3: Left from Rencountre, jab from Muhammad in return. Low kick, jab. One minute in. Low kick by Muhammad. 1-2 by Muhammad answered by a left cross. Rencountre ducks in and eats a combo. Two minutes in. Check hook lands clean for Muhammad, then a right cross. Leg kick from Rencountre. Muhammad scores a takedown on the fence and looks for the back, landing as Rencountre stands. Two minutes to go.
They separate. Hard right hand from Muhammad counters a knee. Muhammad shots and scores another takedown. Rencountre briefly holts ondo a front headlock, but Muhammad takes his back in a hurry. One minute to go. Full body triangle. Back to the feet in the waning seconds. 10-9 Muhammad.
Final result: Muhammad def. Rencountre by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Desmond Green vs. Gleison Tibau
Round 1: Neither man landing clean early, but they’re both plenty active. One minute in. They’re trading plenty of punches. Tibau shoots, stuffed, eats punches on the fence. Green goes low-high with rights, gets clipped by a hook in return. Tibau marching after him two minutes in. Short right hook by Green. Right hook from Green, left hands from Tibau land in return. Tibau shoots, stuffed. Two minutes to go.
Straight left from Green. Jab landing, combination upstairs. Green to the body. One minute to go. Tibau throwing plenty of lefts, but falling short. Good body kick from Green. 10-9 Green.
Round 2: Green moving forward, cracks Tibau with a straight left. Tibau just struggling to get inside. Right hand lands for him. One minute in. Green to the body. Jabs landing for him. Body hook, straight left. Two minutes in. Green continues to land his jab. 1-2 from Tibau, takedown attempt denied. two minutes to go.
Tibau takes a finger in the eye, brushes it off. Left hand downstairs. Green still sticking his fingers out between the jabs. Green tries a jumping knee, eats an overhand left. 10-9 Green.
Round 3: More jabs from Green as Tibau wings haymakers. Body kick from Green, right hook downstairs. One minute in. Green slips a left around the guard. Tight right hook. More jabs. Tibau tries a leg kick. Two minutes in. Low kick from Green, who rattles Tibau with a right hand. Tibau tries to throw with him, only to get buckled by a combo. Green staying patient as the Brazilian recovers. Two minutes to go.
Green connects with another right hook. Jab upstairs. One minute to go. Tibau still falling short with all his punches. Combination from Green, right hook from Tibau. Green waving him on. 1-2 from Green, right hook, flying knee attempt. 10-9 Green.
Final result: Green def. Tibau by unanimous decision
115 lbs.: Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel Round 1: Round 2: Round 3: Final result:
135 lbs.: Johnny Eduardo vs. Nathaniel Wood
Round 1: They trade leg kicks to start. Stiff jab from Wood. Wood catches a leg, can’t use it. He looks faster than Eduardo so far. One minute in. Counter right by the Brazilian. Lead right from Wood. Eduardo lands a leg kick and counter right, then tries to spin. Eduardo checking a lot of the kicks coming his way. They trade in the center, jab lands for Eduardo. Wood lands a left hook, gets dinged by a wide right hand. Counter jab by Eduardo. Two minutes to go.
Back to the leg kicks from Wood, lands a left hand upstairs. Wood chases him down with jabs. Wood slips a combo. Low leg kick. Eduardo clips him with a right hand and uncorks a combination on the fence. One minute to go. Eduardo clubbing him with right hands. Eduardo backs off. Wood lands a long hook. 10-9 Eduardo.
Round 2: Eduardo lands another right hand early. They trade right hands. One minute in. Low kick, left hand by Eduardo. Wood lands some solid crosses. They trade good punches in the center. Eduardo shoots, pulls deep half guard. Wood looking to set up a Japanese necktie. Two minutes in. Wood gets his arm further in and draws the tap via d’arce.
Final result: Wood def. Eduardo by submission (d’arce choke)
125 lbs.: Jarred Brooks vs. Jose Torres
Round 1: Brooks circling, lands a left hook. He shoots early, stuffed, lands an uppercut. Hard 1-2 connects. Torres firing his jab. Brooks tries a spinning back fist. He fires a 1-2, then another spinning back fist that drops Torres a minute in. Brooks sprawls on him. Knees to the shoulder. More knees two minutes in. Torres still stuck on his knees. Torres works his way up and separates. Left hand from Brooks as they trade, straight right soon after. Two minutes to go.
Brooks tries to spin again. Torres still marching after him, lands a leg kick. Broks flashes the jab and hits a takedown, looking for the back. Both hooks in and he’s playing backpack with a minute to go. Body triangle. Brooks looking to crank on his chin. 10-9 Brooks.
Round 2: Brooks shoots early, cracks him with right hands on the break. Counter right by Torres. Torres ducks a back fist and drags him to his knees. Brooks with a sneaky elbow as he works his way up, avoids a suplex a minute in. He spins to face Torres and puts him on the fence. He tries to spin on the break. Wheel kick attempt. Torres continues to pressure. Two minutes in. Right hand lands for Torres, then a low-high combo. Brooks shoots, stuffed, eats knees. Brooks continues to drive and tries a Frankie Edgar/Gray Mayanard slam, only to knock himself unconscious in the process.
Final result: Torres def. Brooks by KO (slam)