Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane are set to face off in the main event of UFC 285 on Saturday night, with Jones defending his heavyweight title for the first time. The fight will be the first time Jones has competed in the heavyweight division since he moved up from light heavyweight in August 2020.
Jones is widely considered to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, having held the light heavyweight title for a record 11 consecutive defenses. He is currently the #1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world and is undefeated in his last 15 fights.
Gane is a rising star in the heavyweight division, having won all seven of his UFC fights since joining the promotion in 2019. He is currently the #4 ranked heavyweight in the world and is coming off a dominant win over former champion Junior dos Santos in December 2020.
The fight between Jones and Gane has been highly anticipated since it was announced in January 2021. Both fighters have been vocal in the lead up to the fight, with Jones claiming that Gane is the toughest opponent he has ever faced and Gane saying that he is ready to take the title from Jones.
The fight will be the first time Jones has faced an opponent he didn’t know the identity of until just hours before the fight. Jones usually has months to prepare for his opponents, but due to the short notice he has had to adjust his training and strategy accordingly.
Gane is also in a unique position, as he is the first fighter to challenge Jones for the heavyweight title. He will be looking to make history by becoming the first fighter to defeat Jones in the heavyweight division and take the title from him.
The fight between Jones and Gane is sure to be an exciting one, and it will be interesting to see how both fighters adjust to the short notice. No matter the outcome, it is sure to be an entertaining fight and one that will be remembered for years to come.