The G.O.A.T Has Finally Returned!
The eagerly anticipated return of Jon Jones in his bid to win the heavyweight championship against Ciryl Gane takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 4. Also competing against Alexa Grasso is flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, attempting to make her eighth successful title defense. The remaining players on the card include seven potential Top 10 candidates and many up-and-coming athletes. Jon Jones won his 11th successful title defense as the UFC light heavyweight champion against Dominick Reyes in February 2020, the final time spectators saw him compete in the Octagon. However, Jones gave up the title six months later and started working on a new project.
Jones set his sights on moving to the heavyweight classification during the previous few years. Still, he needed some time to get used to competing in a new, higher-weight division. On March 4, Jones will headline UFC 285 and make his heavyweight debut against the former interim champion and top challenger Ciryl Gane. Jones has defeated numerous legendary fighters over the past ten years, including Daniel Cormier, Glover Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson, and Lyoto Machida, while exhibiting few, if any, weaknesses in his technique. The intriguing aspect of this battle is that Gane, a much larger opponent who has revolutionized the heavyweight class with a quickness not typically associated with the prominent men of the sport, will be Jones' opponent.
How can Jones manage to defeat his biggest foe to date, then? And how will his performance in the early rounds of the competition be affected by his inactivity? During UFC 285, the answers to these and other questions will be provided.
In the co-main event of UFC 285, Alexa Grasso will be Valentina Shevchenko's next opponent. Since making her flyweight debut in 2020, Grasso has won four straight matches, most recently defeating Viviane Araujo in the UFC Fight Night main event. Both athletes are very skilled, with knockout power and threats of submission among their many abilities, making this a co-headliner that will not disappoint. In addition, the outstanding collegiate wrestler Bo Nickal is also slated to debut professionally as the primary card opener.
On fight night, Jamie Pickett, a past winner of the Contender Series who has earned two victories during his three years in the UFC, is seated across from him. This was a classic striker vs. wrestler contest to open Nickal's UFC career. Pickett finishes eight of his 13 victories by knockout early in his professional career.
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