UFC Fight Night 131: Rivera vs. Moraes is set following Thursday’s official weigh-in. The UFC lands in Utica, N.Y., for the first time for a special Friday event at the Adirondack Bank Center.
Bantamweight big wigs Jimmie Rivera and Marlon Moraes headline the bill, hoping to make a case for a shot at the winner of the UFC 227 championship rematch between titleholder TJ Dillashaw and challenger Cody Garbrandt.
Rivera (21-1) is currently on a 20-fight winning streak, including all five of his bouts in the Octagon. With wins over the likes of Thomas Almeida and Urijah Faber already on his resume, a win over Marlon Moraes would make him a solid pick for a title shot.
Moraes (20-5-1) is 15-1 in his last 16 bouts, including a stretch where he won and was undefeated as the World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion. He lost a split decision in his Octagon debut, but bounced back with a win over John Dodson and a brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling.
The UFC Fight Night 131 co-main event features two lightweights – Gregor Gillespie and Vinc Pichel – who are on the cusp of breaking into the UFC lightweight rankings.
None of the fighters on the card had any issues making weight, as the vast majority stepped on the scale inside of the first hour of the two-hour official weigh-in window.
There will be no ceremonial weigh-in for the UFC Fight Night 131 event.
UFC Fight Night 131 Fight Card
Main Card (10 p.m. ET on FS1)
- Jimmie Rivera (134.6) vs. Marlon Moraes (135.4)
- Gregor Gillespie (155.6) vs. Vinc Pichel (155.8)
- Walt Harris (253) vs. Daniel Spitz (243.8)
- Jake Ellenberger (170.4) vs. Ben Saunders (169.4)
- Julio Arce (145.4) vs. Daniel Teymur (145.8)
- Gian Villante (205.2) vs. Sam Alvey (204.8)
Prelims (8 p.m. ET on FS1)
- Sijara Eubanks (125.6) vs. Lauren Murphy (125.6)
- Nik Lentz (155.4) vs. David Teymur (155.8)
- Belal Muhammad (170.2) vs. Chance Rencountre (170.6)
- Desmond Green (155.4) vs. Gleison Tibau (155.2)
Early Prelims (6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
- Jessica Aguilar (115) vs. Jodie Esquibel (115.4)
- Johnny Eduardo (135.8) vs. Nathaniel Wood (135.4)
- Jarred Brooks (125.8) vs. Jose Torres (125.2)
Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Friday, June 1, to follow along for full UFC Fight Night 131: Rivera vs. Moraes Live Results and Fight Stats. The first bout is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.