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UFC 285 Fight Card, Jones vs Gane – The Return of a Legend

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UFC 285 Fight card is set for the Jones vs Gane heavyweight title fight. When the event goes live on pay-per-view Saturday, March 4th, 2023 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV at 9:00pm CST. This may be the most stacked card of the year.

Jon Jones vs Ciryl Gane – Main Event

In the main event, Jon Jones makes his long awaited return after a three year hiatus. Not only is Jones making a return, after a long stretch away from the sport, but he’s doing it at heavyweight for the title. His opponent, the #1 ranked light heavyweight in the world, Ciryl Gane. All signs point to an electric main event.

Jones has let on that he never took a break from his training. Before the pandemic broke out, Jones had setup a home based gym where continued a relentless grind and strength training program that would enable him to gain the weight gradually while keeping his usual speed and form. The night will tell if this legend has done the right things to move into this top division.

Across the octagon from Jon Jones, enters the #1 heavyweight and former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane. Gane boasts an impressive 11-1-0 record. His single loss comes from a unanimous decision in favor of former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. Overall Gane is a world class striker and will likely try to keep this fight on the feet.

Surprisingly it was originally Francis Ngannou who was slated to fight against Jones in his return. While trying to get Ngannou to resign with the organization, negotiations broke down and the fighter was ultimately released from the UFC, and as of now, that fight eludes us.

Will it be the long awaited return of the GOAT or the former interim and #1 heavyweight contender?

Valentina Shevchenko vs Alexa Grasso – Co-main Event

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Equally important is the co-main event, women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko takes on #6 flyweight Alexa Grasso. Valentina Shevchenko is one of the best fighters on the planet, Shevchenko is featured in our top 10 female UFC fighters post. A win here would put Shevchenko on a 10 fight win streak with 8 title defenses.

She’ll be facing Mexican fighter and #6 flyweight Alexa Grasso (15-3-0). Grasso is on a four fight win streak and is ready to make her appearance against the UFC’s #2 pound for pound female fighter. Grasso will likely have her work cut out for her on this night, hopefully a great fight camp as prepared this talented fighter.

Furthermore, whoever wins the UFC flyweight championship will likely be in discussions to face Erin Blanchfield. Blanchfield shocked the world with her 2nd round submission of Jessica Andrade at UFC Vegas 69. Certainly we’re excited to see the results and aftermath of one of the most anticipated cards of 2023.

Who will the UFC 285 co-main event? Women’s flyweight champion or the #6 contender from Mexico?

UFC 285 Fight Card, Jones vs Gane

Main Card (On pay-per-view order through ESPN+ at 9:00 PM CST)

Jon Jones (26-1-0), (-165) vs Ciryl Gane #1 (11-1-0), (+140) – heavyweight championship bout

Valentina Shevchenko (23-3-0), (-720) vs Alexa Grasso #6 (15-3-0), (+520) – women’s flyweight championship bout

Geoff Neal #7 (15-4-0), (+390) vs Shavkat Rakhmonov #9 (16-0-0), (-490) – welterweight bout

Mateusz Gamrot #7 (21-2-0), (-225) vs Jalin Turner #10 (13-5-0), (+190) – lightweight bout

Bo Nickal (3-0-0), (-1500) vs Jamie Pickett (13-8-0), (+900) – middleweight bout

Prelims (Airing on ESPN+ at 7:00PM CST)

Cody Garbrandt (12-5-0), (-175) vs Trevin Jones (13-9-0), (+150) – bantamweight bout

Derek Brunson #5 (23-8-0), (+195) vs Dricus Du Plessis #10 (18-2-0), (-230) – middleweight bout

Viviane Araujo #8 (11-4-0), (+100) vs Amanda Ribas #9 (11-3-0), (-120) – women’s flyweight bout

Julian Marquez (9-3-0), (+130) vs Marc-Andre Barriault (14-6-0, 1NC), (-150) – middleweight bout

Early Prelims (Airing on UFC Fight Pass at 5:15PM CST

Ian Machado Garry (10-0-0), (-165) vs Song Kenan (18-6-0), (+500) – welterweight bout

Mana Martinez (10-3-0), (+255) vs Cameron Saaiman (7-0-0), (-305) – bantamweight bout

Jessica Penne (14-7-0), (+250) vs Tabatha Ricci (7-1-0), (-300) – women’s strawweight bout

Da’Mon Blackshear (12-4-1), (+360) vs Farid Basharat (9-0-0), (-450) – bantamweight bout

Esteban Ribovics (11-0-0), (+225) vs Loik Radzhabov (11-0-0), (-265) – lightweight bout

That wraps it up for the UFC 285 fight card, Jones vs Gane. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more of our UFC mma action (and certainly you do), follow the link. Check back with us for the upcoming UFC 285 event. Undoubtedly, this will determine the GOAT status for Jones. If he wins this belt his status will be hard to deny.

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