Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the injured business tonight (Friday, June 1, 2018) to organize UFC Fight Night 131 from inside the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York on FOX Sports 1. The event features a Bantamweight showdown that will see Jimmie Rivera face Marlon Moraes. Meanwhile, Gregor Gillespie and Vinc Pichel will face each other in the main event.
The hottest thing:
Jimmie Rivera and Marlon Moraes have been in each other's throats for some time, but now they will have the opportunity to solve everything with their fists and feet in a fight that could have important implications for Title. Rivera has won 20 to the thread and has been in a break so far in the eight-sided cage. In addition, he recently made it appear that he and the UFC understood that he would be next on the line for a title shot if he defeated Moraes. It will not be easy, as the former World Series of Combat (WSOF) champion is as tough as he can be and is on top after scoring consecutive victories against John Dodson and Aljamain Sterling. I really like this fight, and I could really see it at the height of the bill.
Gregor Gillespie has been flying below the radar despite remaining undefeated (11-0, 4-0 UFC). He will seek out the shadow and more in the spotlight thanks to his co-main event slots against Vince Pichel. Vince, meanwhile, has changed since losing his debut in the Octagon by winning four straight.
Original card vs. Real card:
Ben Saunders stepped in to face Jake Ellenberger after Bryan Barberena was sent off with an injury. David Teymur was booked to face Nik Lentz after Nik's original opponent, Leonardo Santos, was injured. Jose Torres received his call to Major League Baseball to face Jarred Brooks after Hector Sandoval was removed from the card for undisclosed reasons.
In addition to Bryan Barberena and Leonardo Santos being defeated by the injury, Niko Price was removed from his fight against Belal Muhammad for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Chance Recountre.
Chance Recountre will make his UFC debut and will put on a four-fight winning streak after a brief stint under the Umbrella Bellator MMA to face Belal Muhammad. The former Oklahoma fighter will be a tough test for the Octagon veteran. In addition, Nathaniel Wood, the former Cage Warriors champion, will make his debut in the Octagon when he takes on Johnny Eduardo. And finally, José Torres will make his long-awaited debut against Jarred Brooks. Torres, the unbeaten (7-0) former holder of the fly title titled Holders of incumbents holders holders of incumbents of the titular mosquitoes of Titan FC, will face Jarred Brooks
the preliminaries are seen:
Veteran veteran of the octagon Gleison Tibau and Nik Lentz will fight in the bottom of the event against Desmond Green and David Teymur, respectively. In addition, an intriguing female fight between Jessica Aguilar and Jodie Esquibel will occupy a space in Fight Pbad. In addition, the former flyweight champion of Titan FC will make his long-awaited debut against Jarred Brooks in what will be the first fight of the event.
Who Needs a Serious Win:
Jake Ellenberger has been a staple for the UFC for quite some time, but the past few years have not been as fruitful for him. He is currently on a losing streak of two fights after falling out with Jorge Masvidal and Mike Perry. But his difficulties do not end there, since he lost four of five that date back to 2015. He needs to win a victory over Ben Saunders to avoid the dreaded hammer.
Interest Level: 5/10
It just is not a good card. Also, it's a Friday. What's that all about? I see a letter like this and I think: what's the point of this? Some of these combats could have been easily placed in other events. But it is what it is and perhaps the event will surprise even the toughest critics. However, I hope Rivera and Moraes solve their meat in a 135-pound scrap that has important implications in the title
Full Fight Card:
UFC Fight Night 131's main event on FOX Sports 1 :  135 lbs.: Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes
Main card UFC Fight Night 131 on FOX Sports 1 (10 pm ET) :
155 lbs.: Gregor Gillespie Vinc Pichel
265 lbs.: Walt Harris Vs. Daniel Spitz
170 lbs.: Jake Ellenberger vs. Ben Saunders
145 lbs.: Julio Arce vs. Daniel Teymur
205 lbs.: Sam Alvey vs. Gian Villante  UFC Fight Night 131 Prelims on FOX Sports 1 (8 pm ET) :
125 lbs.: Sijara Eubanks vs. Lauren Murphy
145 lbs.: Nik Lentz Vs. David Teymur
170 lbs.: Belal Muhammad vs. Chance Rencountre
155 lbs.: Desmond Green vs. Gleison Tibau
UFC Fight Night 131 Prelims at UFC Fight Pbad (6:30 p.m. ET) :
115 lbs.: Jessica Aguilar Jod that is, Esquibel
135 lbs.: Johnny Eduardo vs. Nathaniel Wood
125 lbs .: Jarred Brooks vs. José Torres
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