Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane

LAS VEGAS – it is time for the prolonged-awaited return of Jon Jones.

After elevated than three years away from the Octagon, the earlier mild heavyweight champion will come again Saturday and face Ciryl Gane for the vacant UFC heavyweight title. The fight will headline UFC 285 at T-mobile area.

On Friday, the all-time good weighed in at 248 kilos, a half-pound elevated than his opponent Gane (247.5). Jones relinquished the sunshine heavyweight belt in August 2020 and started his preparation of placing on weight, which included a 5,000-calorie-per-day weight-discount plan and powerlifting. Jones (26-1, 1 NC) owns the UFC data for longest unbeaten streak (18), victories in title fights (14) and title defenses (eleven, tied with Demetrious Johnson). the mannequin the new york native, who lives and trains in Albuquerque, New Mexico, final fought in February 2020, a win over Dominick Reyes in protection of the 205-pound title. Jones, 35, was additionally the youngest fighter to win a UFC title in 2011 (23 years outdated). he is already thought of the most interesting fighter of all time, however can remove any debate by worthwhile a second division title inside the UFC.

Gane (eleven-1) is coming off a third-spherical knockout of Tai Tuivasa in September. The France native has gained eight of his 9 UFC fights. Gane, 32, has simply one profession loss, a unanimous dedication defeat in opposition to Francis Ngannou for the UFC heavyweight title in January 2022 at UFC 270.

The co-primary event incorporates a women’s flyweight title fight between champion Valentina Shevchenko and challenger Alexa Grasso. Shevchenko has gained 9 consecutive bouts. Her final loss bought here at bantamweight in September 2017 to Amanda Nunes. Grasso has gained every of her first 4 bouts at flyweight. Her final loss was in 2019 in opposition to Carla Esparza.

observe all of the movement with Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim or watch the fights on ESPN+ PPV.


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