Jon Jones makes a long-awaited transfer to heavyweight this weekend, as he fights Ciryl Gane for the vacant title in the principle occasion of UFC 285.
Jones is a former multiple-time gentle heavyweight champion, whose profession has been marred by failed drug assessments and incidents with the legislation, however many nonetheless see him as the best fighter in combined martial arts historical past. Now 35, the American returns to the ring this weekend after a three-year lay-off.
Having promised a transfer to heavyweight for years, Jones will tackle Gane in the principle occasion of UFC 285, because the Frenchman appears to be like to seize the undisputed belt that eluded him final yr. Gane, 32, was interim champion when he fought Francis Ngannou final January, however the latter emerged victorious on factors to unify the gold.
Ngannou left the UFC this January, nevertheless, relinquishing his title and establishing this enormous conflict, which takes place after Valentina Shevchenko defends her flyweight gold in opposition to Alexa Grasso.
Here’s all you want to know.
When is it?
UFC 285 is ready to happen on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday 4 March.
The early prelims will start at 11.15pm GMT (3.15pm PT, 5.15pm CT, 6.15pm ET), with the prelims following at 1am GMT on Sunday 5 March (5pm PT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET on Saturday).
The essential card is then scheduled for 3am GMT on Sunday (7pm PT, 9pm CT, 10pm ET on Saturday).
How can I watch it?
The card will air stay on BT Sport within the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and web site additionally streaming the fights.
In the US, ESPN+ will stream the motion stay, as will the UFC’s Fight Pass.
Jones – 5/8; Gane – 4/3
Shevchenko – 2/11; Grasso – 4/1
Full odds by way of Betway.
Jon Jones vs Ciryl Gane (vacant heavyweight title)
Valentina Shevchenko (C) vs Alexa Grasso (ladies’s flyweight title)
Geoff Neal vs Shavkat Rakhmonov (welterweight)
Mateusz Gamrot vs Jalin Turner (light-weight)
Bo Nickal vs Jamie Pickett (middleweight)
Cody Garbrandt vs Trevin Jones (bantamweight)
Derek Brunson vs Dricus Du Plessis (middleweight)
Viviane Araujo vs Amanda Ribas (ladies’s flyweight)
Julian Marquez vs Marc-Andre Barriault (middleweight)
Ian Machado Garry vs Song Kenan (welterweight)
Mana Martinez vs Cameron Saaiman (bantamweight)
Jessica Penne vs Tabatha Ricci (ladies’s strawweight)
Da’Mon Blackshear vs Farid Basharat (bantamweight)
Kamuela Kirk vs Esteban Ribovics (light-weight)
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