Jones He made a long-awaited move to heavyweight this weekend as he battled it out. Cyrillic Gane for blank header in main activity UFC 285.
Jones is a former multi-time light heavyweight champion whose career has been marred by failed drug tests and law-related incidents, but many still consider him the greatest fighter in mixed martial arts history. The now 35-year-old is returning to the ring this weekend after a three-year hiatus.
Having promised a heavyweight transition for years, Jones will face Gane at the main event of UFC 285, as the Frenchman seeks to recapture the undisputed belt that eluded him last year. Gane, 32, was the interim champion when he fought Francis Ngannou last January, but the latter was victorious in points to consolidate the gold.
However, Ngannou left the UFC this January and relinquished his title, sparking this massive conflict. Valentina Shevchenko defends against flyweight gold Alexa Grasso.
Here is everything you need to know.
UFC 285 will take place on Saturday, March 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Early qualifiers will begin at 23:15 GMT (3:15 pm PT, 5:15 pm CT, 6:15 pm ET) and qualifiers will be at 1:00 pm GMT (5:00 pm PT, 7 pm CT) on Sunday, March 5. , Saturday 20:00 ET) will begin.
The motherboard is then scheduled for 03:00 GMT on Sunday (19:00 PT on Saturday, 21:00 CT, 22:00 ET).
How can I watch?
The card will be streamed live on BT Sport in the UK, and the broadcaster’s app and website will also stream the fights.
In the US, ESPN+ will broadcast the action live, as will the UFC’s Fight Pass.
Jones – 5/8; Gane – 4/3
Shevchenko – 2/11; Grasso – 4/1
Jon Jones vs Ciryl Gane (vacant heavyweight title)
Valentina Shevchenko (current) vs Alexa Grasso (women’s welterweight champion)
Geoff Neal vs Shavkat Rakhmonov (heavyweight)
Mateusz Gamrot vs Jalin Turner (light)
Bo Nickal vs Jamie Pickett (middleweight)
Cody Garbrandt vs Trevin Jones ( bantamweight)
Derek Brunson vs Dricus Du Plessis (middleweight)
Viviane Araujo vs Amanda Ribas (women’s welterweight)
Julian Marquez vs Marc-Andre Barriault (middleweight)
early qualifying rounds
Ian Machado Garry vs Song Kenan (heavyweight)
Mana Martinez vs Cameron Saaiman ( bantamweight )
Jessica Penne vs Tabatha Ricci (women’s strawweight)
Da’Mon Blackshear vs Farid Basharat (welterweight)
Kamuela Kirk vs Esteban Ribovics (lightweight)
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