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Rivera Narrow Favorite on UFC Fight Night 131 Odds

UFC Fight Night 131: Odds of Jimmy Rivera Winning

Jimmy Rivera will be aiming to extend his win streak to 21 fights on Friday when he takes on fellow bantamweight Marlon Moraes as small -120 chalk on the UFC Fight Night 131 odds.

Rivera is coming off a three-round unanimous decision win over Thomas Almeida as -205 chalk in his most recent outing last July at UFC on Fox 25, and now takes a 21-1 professional mixed martial arts record into Friday’s bout at Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York.

That victory marked the fourth straight time that a fight involving Rivera has been decided by the judges since he made his UFC debut with a stunning first-round knockout of Marcus Brimage as a -150 favorite at UFC Fight Night 72 back in July 2015.

The No. 4 challenger on the UFC bantamweight rankings previously claimed a Fight of the Night bonus for his three-round unanimous decision win over Iuri Alcantara as a -175 bet at UFC on Fox 18, but was forced to settle for a split-decision win over Pedro Munhoz at UFC Fight Night 77.

While 15 of Rivera’s wins have come by decision, the former Ring of Combat bantamweight champion has also demonstrated his ability to finish opponents. In addition to his impressive KO win over Brimage, Rivera gained notoriety early in his career as a submission specialist, and has four knockouts to his credit in his decade-long MMA career.

Fresh off a first-round KO of Aljamain Sterling as -150 chalk at UFC Fight Night 123 last December that earned him a Performance of the Night bonus, Moraes returns to the octagon on Friday night as a razor-thin -110 underdog on the Rivera vs. Moraes fight odds.

Moraes has won two straight since making his UFC debut with a disappointing three-round split-decision loss to Raphael Assunção as a -230 wager in front of hometown fans in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 212. However, that defeat represents the only blemish on his pro MMA record in his past 15 fights, a stretch that has featured seven KO’s or TKO’s, including six in the first round, and five successful defenses of the WSOF bantamweight title.

However, like Rivera, Moraes has limited experience fighting beyond three rounds. Both fighters have gone a full five rounds just twice in their respective careers. Moraes earned unanimous decision wins twice as WSOF bantamweight champion, while Rivera twice went the distance as King of the Cage Flyweight champion.


More UFC Fight Night 131 Betting Lines

In other UFC Fight Night 131 betting action on Friday night, Jake Ellenberger takes on Ben Saunders as a strong -200 favorite in a battle of welterweights, and heavyweight Walt Harris is pegged as a -300 favorite in his clash with Daniel Spitz, who lags as a +230 underdog.

Ellenberger returns to action as heavy chalk despite falling to defeat in four of his past five fights, including a second-round KO loss to Mike Perry as a +105 underdog at UFC Fight Night 108 in April 2017. Saunders is also looking to rebound after suffering consecutive second-round KO losses, but has finished opponents in the first round on 11 occasions during his 14-year professional MMA career.


*Odds as of June 2, 2018

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