UFC Fight Night 131 will be taking place in Utica, New York this coming Friday, June 1, starting at 7 PM EST. You can catch all the action on FS1, as is always the case with the Fight Night action, and there is going to be a lot to see. The main card is comprised of 6 big fights, and we will quickly cover them all here, making some predictions as we go. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the action.
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What: UFC Fight Night 131: Rivera vs. Moraes
Where: Utica, New York
When: Friday, June 01, 2018
FS1, 10 p.m. ET
Jimmie Rivera Vs Marlon Moraes
Gregor Gillespie Vs Vinc Pichel
Walt Harris Vs Daniel Spitz
Jake Ellenberger Vs Ben Saunders
Julio Arce Vs Daniel Teymur
Sam Alvey Vs Gian Villante
FS1, 8 p.m. ET
Sijara Eubanks Vs Lauren Murphy
Nik Lentz Vs David Teymur
Belal Muhammad Vs Chance Rencountre
Desmond Green Vs Gleison Tibau
UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET
Jessica Aguilar Vs Jodie Esquibel
Johnny Eduardo Vs Nathaniel Wood
Jarred Brooks Vs Jose Torres
Bantamweight Bout: -120 Rivera vs Moraes +100
Lightweight Bout: -450 Gillespie vs Pichel +350
Heavyweight Bout: -300 Harris vs Spitz +250
Welterweight Bout: -190 Ellenberger vs Saunders +165
Featherweight Bout: -215 Arce vs Teymur +185
Light Heavyweight Bout: +117 Villante vs Alvey -137
Women Flyweight Bout: -172 Eubanks vs Murphy +147
Lightweight Bout: +245 Lentz vs Teymur -285
Welterweight Bout: -400 Muhammad vs Rencountre +330
Lightweight Bout: -300 Green vs Tibau +250
Wome Strawweight Bout: -120 Aguilar vs Esquibel +100
Bantamweight Bout: +245 Eduardo vs Wood -285
Flyweight Bout: +152 Brooks vs Torres -177
Gian Villante (+110) Vs Sam Alvey (-140)
Villante comes into this one with a 16-9 record, and while he is coming off a win in his last fight, he is just 6-6 in his last 12. Inconsistency has been the name of the game for Villante, but this is a man who possesses KO power that could end a fight at any time. At 32-10, Alvey has won 6 of his last 8 bouts, and while he may not be as powerful as his opponent, he has still managed to win more than half his fights by KO. This should be a close one, but I think Villante can get the win on his home turf.
Julio Arce (-210) Vs Daniel Teymur (+165)
Arce is 14-2 and coming into this one in a fine run of form, having won each of his last 6 fights. This is a fighter who is excellent at defending all attacks while doing most of his best work on the mat. Teymur lost his last fight but is still sporting a 6-1 record, with most of his wins coming via KO. He will want to stay off the floor if he hopes to win this one, but he is going to have a tough time doing that. I like Arce with the submission win.
Jake Ellenberger (-200) Vs Ben Saunders (+160)
Ellenberger comes into this fight with a 31-13 record, but he is on a bit of a skid right now after losing 7 of his last 9 bouts. Despite his recent poor form, this is a fighter who still possesses some real stopping power in his punches. Saunders is 21-9-2 in his career and is in a similar position to Ellenberger in that he has not been impressive of late, winning just 3 of his last 6 fights. Both men need a win here, with the slight edge going to Ellenberger.
Walt Harris (-325) Vs Daniel Spitz (+245)
When Walt Harris wins, he does so via the KO. He has a career record of 10-7, with all 10 of those wins coming via the big knockout. When Harris is forced to go the distance is when things start to go wrong. It’s obvious then that Spitz will need to take this thing all 3 rounds to have a shot at winning here. He is 6-1, with half of his wins coming via submission. Spitz will try to get Harris on the deck, but will likely walk into a big punch while doing so.
Gregor Gillespie (-500) Vs Vinc Pichel (+350)
Gillespie is a native New Yorker who is starting to turn some heads in the UFC with his 11-0 record and his ability to seemingly get better with every single fight. He is going to need to be at his best against the 11-1 Pichel, who makes a habit of winning his fights via KO. Pichel is in good form, winning each of his last 4 bouts. Gillespie always seems to be able to get his opponents to fight his game rather than theirs, which is why he wins here.
Jimmie Rivera (-120) Vs Marlon Moraes (-110)
After a 1-1 start to his career, Rivera is now on a 20-fight win streak, with 71% of his wins coming via decision. This is a fighter who is comfortable going toe to toe or grappling on the mat, and he appears to have no obvious weaknesses. Moraes is 20-5-1 and 2-1 in the UFC, with 4 of his last 5 wins coming via KO. Moraes is going to try and use his power here, which could leave him open to the takedown. Rivera is the more accomplished of the two, which is why I like him to win.