Where To Watch UFC 285: Jon Jones Vs. Ciryl Gane Tonight

Tonight in Las Vegas, UFC 285 will feature the return of the man who is widely considered the best mixed martial artist to ever enter the Octagon, Former light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones. In his heavyweight debut, he will square off with former interim champion, and precision striking powerhouse, Ciryl Gane.

Like so many great events in the past, the T-Mobile will be the home base for this monumental event. Not only will we see the return of Jones after three years away from the sport, but fans will once again have the distinct pleasure of witnessing Valentina Shevchenko defend her 125-pound title, as well as the highly anticipated UFC debut of three-time NCAA wrestling champion Bo Nickal.

Jones (26-1) made his Octagon debut in 2008, and from there began to absolutely tear through the rankings over the course of the next twelve years. The only loss on his record came from a very debatable disqualification due to downward elbows in his 2009 contest with Matt Hamill. In 2011, he became the youngest champion in UFC history when he defeated the legendary Mauricio Rua, who was 19-4 at the time.

From there he went on to achieve many epic victories including wins over Daniel Cormier, Glover Teixeira, Chael Sonnen and Alexander Gustafsson.

Despite three years of inactivity, most still consider Jones to be the greatest pound for pound mixed martial artist of all time, and with a win over Ciryl Gane he will be one step closer to cementing that fact.

By comparison to Jones, Gane (11-1) is still early into his career, but prior to making the jump to MMA he became a French Muay Thai champion. After making his professional MMA debut in 2018, he won 10 straight fights, including victories over Junior dos Santos, Alexander Volkov and Derrick Lewis. Of Gane’s 11 total wins, 8 of them have come by stoppage, and most have been a result of his speed, footwork, and sniper like striking ability.

In January 2022 he met Francis Ngannou for his first chance at heavyweight gold. Ngannou out wrestled Gane for the full length of their bout and was able to retain his championship status via unanimous decision.

Following his loss to Ngannou, Gane bounced back by utilizing his superior striking versus Tai Tuivasa, and stopped him with punches in the third round. With Ngannou no longer among the ranks of the UFC, Gane now once again finds himself in a position to capture the belt, and become the first French-born UFC champion of all time.

Looking at the resume’s of each fighter in this main event battle, Jones is the clear favorite to many. But, there have also been several questions to whether or not Jones can utilize his creative skill set against a heavyweight competitor such as Gane. Additionally, Jones will need to get in close to naturalize Gane’s footwork and distance management, and he may not be able to achieve this if his weight increase has led to a potential decrease in speed.

In the co-main event of the evening, Valentina Shevchenko (23-3) will attempt to defend her flyweight crown versus Mexico’s Alexa Grasso (15-3). While Shevchenko has time and time again proven herself to be an extremely well-rounded fighter, Grasso’s hand speed and punching power could lead to some trouble for the champion.

Preceding the evening’s title fights, and kick-starting the main card, the extremely decorated collegiate wrestler Bo Nickal (3-0) will make his highly anticipated UFC debut, following his two submission victories on Dana White’s Contender Series. Ready to take on the challenge of Nickal is another alumnus of DWCS, Jamie Pickett (13-8).

The action of UFC 285 will get started at 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass & ESPN+ with five early preliminary bouts.

Following, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, four additional preliminary matches with air on ESPN.

Finally, at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, the ESPN PPV main card will begin, and will conclude with the two electrifying title fights.

 

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