(6/1/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Walt Harris - 92.8
2. Marlon Moraes - 92.7
3. Gregor Gillespie - 92.4
4. Ben Saunders - 91.4
5. David Teymur - 91.4
6. Sijara Eubanks - 91.2
7. Jose Torres - 90.5
8. Belal Muhammad - 90.4
9. Julio Arce - 90.3
10. Jarred Brooks - 90.2
UFC Fight Night 131: Rivera vs. Moraes
Location: Utica, New York
Elevation: 456'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Marlon Moraes vs. Jimmie Rivera
91.3
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 89.9
89.7
KO
(Slam)
7:55
     These guys spent a minute or so testing the waters while bouncing around each other, and then Brooks dropped Torres with a spinning back fist, and he followed that up by trying to setup a front choke. He held Torres in the sprawling position, while blasting him with knees to his shoulder. He looked like he was destroying Torres's shoulder with BRUTAL knees. Torres finally stood back up halfway through the round. Brooks jumped on him again, took his back, Torres stood up, and spent the final minute of the round wearing Brooks like a backpack. Round one clearly goes to Brooks.
     Brooks shot for another takedown 10 seconds into the second round, but Torres was able to stuff that shot. Brooks tried his wild spinning back fist again, but Torres dodged it, and took his back. They reset 90 seconds into the round, traded a few strikes, and it looked like their striking was on a similar level. They clinched halfway through the round, Brooks picked Torres up into the sky, he tried to slam him, but his head ended up under Torres's body, knocking himself out in the process. Congrats to Torres for the weird win. Brooks looked really good up until that point.
88.5
Submission
(D'Arce Choke)
7:18
      The first round featured Johnny Eduardo beating the shit out of Wood, with heavy punches & kicks, while Wood was struggling to get started on the offensive side of things. Eduardo's striking is on point, and he pretty much dominated Wood for the duration of the opening round, and he even nearly finished him with a minute left in the round. Round one could potentially be a 10-8 round for Johnny Eduardo.
      Eduardo continued to beat the shit out of Wood at the start of the second round, leaving Wood's face a bloody mess, while Eduardo still looked fresh. Eduardo randomly shot in for a terrible takedown attempt 90 seconds into the round, Wood sprawled, slapped on a D'Arce choke, and finished the fight by submission halfway through the second round. Eduardo really threw that fight away. He was killing Wood on the feet, I have no idea why he shot for a takedown. Congrats to Wood for a decent win.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys pumping jabs at each other, while circling around each other, with Green pushing forward a little more, so I gave that round to Green. The second round looked like another round of friendly sparring, with both guys circling around each other, while pumping jabs. They turned it up a notch and threw a few decent shots, but nothing really highlight reel worthy. Green still seems more aggressive, so I have him ahead 20-18 going into the final round. They finally started to brawl a bit in the third round, and Green dropped Tibau halfway through the round, but Tibau popped back up, and they finished out the round the same as the rest of the fight. This was a clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Desmond Green.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round was somewhat uneventful, with some basic boxing & sparring in the center of the cage. Nothing noteworthy happened, but I scored the round for Muhammad. Muhammad scored a takedown a minute into the second round, but Rencountre was able to scramble back to his feet almost immediately. They spent the rest of the round engaged in a decent kickboxing match, and Muhammad won that round as well. The final round was another round of boxing, followed by some more wrestling by Muhammad, with Muhammad outworking Rencountre again for the duration of the round, leading to a clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Belal Muhammad.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Teymur dropped Lentz a minute into the round, but he popped back up and they continued to fight. They continued to box with each other, and then Teymur poked Lentz in the eye repeatedly, and then grabbed the fence to prevent a takedown attempt from Lentz, and the referee just casually told him to watch it, but didn't pause the fight or anything, even though Lentz was clearly fucked up from the eye gouging. The second round was another round of kickboxing, with Teymur winning both of the first two rounds. By the end of the third round, Lentz was all fucked up, with a big cut under his right eye, and he had big welts on his legs. That was a good unanimous decision victory for Teymur, but it's hard to cheer for people who gouge out other people's eyes.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      These girls beat each other up with some decent boxing, and then Eubanks grabbed Murphy's throat and pushed her against the fence. After a few more strikes, Murphy's right eye had blood running down her cheek. That round had some decent back & forth action, but the first round should go to Sijara Eubanks.
     The second round was another round with Eubanks beating up Murphy on the feet, and then she took her down halfway through the round, but Murphy pulled guard with a guillotine attempt. Eubanks eventually popped her head free, and then started working some ground & pound. The final round was pretty similar to the second, resultilng in a 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Sarj.
86.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was a close round of boxing, and then Villante kicked Alvey in the dick with a minute left in the round. He winced, and then shrugged it off, and then nothing happened in the final minute of the round, until Alvey dropped Villante with a huge left hand with 10 seconds left in the round, but he wasn't able to finish him before the horn sounded. Round one goes to Alvey.
     The second round was another lackluster round of Villante walking forward, while Alvey circled around the outside, leading to a lot of wasted minutes by both fighters. Alvey is turning into that "I'm going to throw one punch and knock this guy out, but I'm not going to throw anything until I see any opening" fighters, which results in a lot of standing around, and then whiffing with big single shots every once in a while. He's not fast enough for that style. I'm giving that second round to Villante, mostly for moving forward, and not running away.
     The final round was the same as the second, with Villante moving forward, while Alvey walked in circles and ran away. This fight wasn't a very fun fight to watch, and it should be an easy 29-28 decision for Villante, even though the most significant moment of the fight was the final 10 seconds in the first round, where Alvey dropped him. Two judges disagreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Sam Alvey.
87.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
12:55
      The first round had Arce walking down Teymur, while picking him apart with some random strikes. Teymur threw a few decent shots, but for the most part, he just looked like a short punching bag, as Arce bounced him around the cage with single punches. The second round started the same way, so Teymur decided to shoot for a takedown, pressing Arce against the fence into a clinching position, but Arce took control of the clinch, and broke free a few seconds later. Arce had a 20-18 lead going into the final round, but Teymur made the second round more competitive at least. The final round started the same way, until Teymur threw a leg kick, Arce caught it, knocked him down, quickly took Teymur's back, locked on the body triangle, followed by a rear-naked choke, and he finished the fight by submission with around 2 minutes left. That was a decent win for Julio Arce.
88.4
KO
(Knee to the Body)
1:56
      These guys danced around for a minute or so, and then they ended up in a tight clinch, with both guys throwing knees, Saunders landed with a huge knee to the gut of Ellenberger, he put him down with it, Ellenberger curled up into a ball, and the fight was stopped. That was a much needed win for Ben Saunders.
89.7
KO
(Punches)
9:59
      Spitz came out dancing around a lot, with sort of a Capoeira swing to his movements. He threw a few random strikes, but for the most part, it was all about his footwork early in the first round. Once Harris started throwing strikes, he blasted Spitz with some bombs, as well as a few nice kicks. Harris clearly has a ton of power. They both threw some decent shots in the first round, but I'm giving that round to Harris based on landing more power shots.
     The second round was another round of Harris stalking Spitz, backing him into a corner, while Spitz was looking to counter, but neither fighter looked very aggressive at all. They were both landing a few shots here & there, but there was a lot of dead air in between noteworthy moments. Harris rocked the shit out of Spitz with 20 seconds left in the second round, he knocked him down with some big punches, unloaded with a wild barrage of punches on the ground, Spitz got knocked the fuck out, and his corner was screaming "He's fine! He's fine!" because they didn't want the referee to stop the fight, but after the fight was stopped with 1 second left in the round, Spitz was literally sleeping, so... Congrats to Walt Harris for a solid performance and a fantastic finish.
89.0
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
9:06
      Gillespie scored his first takedown 15 seconds into the opening round, pinning Pichel against the fence. He worked a little ground & pound, and then Pichel tried to work his way back to his feet halfway through the round, only to have Gillespie pin him again while dropping some solid strikes. Pichel finally stood back up with a minute left in the opening round, only to get taken down again 30 seconds later. Gillespie tried to setup a wild choke of some sort, but Pichel was saved by the horn. Round one clearly goes to Gillespie.
     The second round started with Gillespie immediately shooting for another takedown. Pichel tried to work his way back up again, and Gillespie started working to setup a front choke of some sort. Gillespie eventually took Pichel's back, and continued to drag him all over the ground, while Pichel continued to struggle to get back to his feet against the fence. Pichel tried to roll out of trouble, but that just opened him up for Gillespie to setup an arm-triangle choke, which he eventually used to finish the fight by submission. That was a solid win for Gregor Gillespie.
91.3
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
0:33
      This fight started with a few random strikes, Moraes blasted Rivera with a massive head kick, knocked him down immediately, Rivera tried to recover, but he turtled up a bit too much, Moraes jumped on him, punched him a few more times, and the referee stopped the fight. I think that stoppage was a LITTLE early, but that was a huge win for Marlon Moraes, as he should be getting awfully close to a title shot at this point.
OVERALL 89.9
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