The first fight of the night airing on Facebook at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale is Reuben Duran vs. Francisco Rivera. This is a bantamweight fight. This is a UFC debut for Rivera and the second fight in the UFC for Duran, the first a loss to Takeya Mizugaki. The referee in charge of the action is Herb Dean.
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ROUND 1 - Both fighters standing orthodox. Duran shoots in off a lazy jab, but Rivera yanks up an arm-in guillotine. It's tight and Duran is struggling. Finally Duran escapes and is working from full guard. As they scramble to their feet, Rivera tries to sink in a standing guillotine, but loses it defending a takedown. The fighters continue to clinch battle, but not necessarily jockeying for position. Rivera attempts an outside trip, but it goes nowhere. They separate and Duran lands a hard right hand. Duran changes levels and scoop doubles Rivera to the mat. Now Duran jumps guillotine, but Rivera escapes. Rivera dropping big elbows on top as well a big punches while Duran tries for a triangle. Excellent first round.
SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Rivera.
ROUND 2 - Outside leg kick for Duran to start the round. And another. Jab for Duran, but left hook around the corner for Rivera nails Duran. Inadvertent groin shot by Duran forces the bout to stop temporarily. The bout resumes. Left hook just misses again for Rivera. Duran times a kick and drives on a takedown, but Rivera locks in a guillotine. After dropping to the ground, Duran escapes and now working on top in full guard. Duran passing to half guard and lands a hard, short elbow. In transition as Rivera bases down, Duran takes the back and lands a body triangle. Round ends there.
SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Duran.
ROUND 3 - Front kick for Rivera misses. Decent outside leg kick for Rivera finds the mark now. Spinning back kick from Duran misses, but he does land a leg kick. Jab to the body from Duran. Beautifully timed knee tap from Duran drives Rivera to the floor and Duran is in side control. Duran attempts a crucifix, but as Rivera transitions Duran takes his back. Now he's got the rear naked choke. It's tight. That's it, Rivera taps.
UFC results: Reuben Duran defeats Francisco Rivera by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:57 of round 3.