The highly-anticipated heavyweight debut of former light-heavyweight kingpin Jon ‘Bones’ Jones will take place at UFC 285 on March 4th, 2023.
Jones will face former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane, with the heavyweight title on the line in the main event of the evening. The bout will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC 285 is poised to be a major pay-per-view event for the MMA organization in 2023. Here is a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about this highly anticipated event.
The co-main event of promises to be an explosive bout, featuring another championship title fight between the reigning UFC flyweight champion, Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko, and the highly-regarded number four-ranked flyweight contender, Alexa Grasso, a Mexican mixed martial artist renowned for her boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills.
The undefeated Kazakh standout, Shavkat Rakhmonov, is all set to take on welterweight Geoff Neal. Neal and Rakhmonov were supposed to co-headline the inaugural UFC Fight Night of 2023. Many speculated that Neal had bailed when ‘Handz of Steel’ pulled out due to an unexplained injury.
Another noteworthy matchup on the UFC 285 card is the debut of Bo Nickal, a former freestyle and graduate folkstyle wrestler in the UFC. Nickal earned his spot through a strong showing in Dana White’s Contender Series and will now face Jamie Pickett at the pay-per-view event. Fans are eager to see what Nickal will bring to the octagon in his first UFC appearance.
UFC 285 is shaping up to be one of the biggest events in the world of mixed martial arts, and it promises to be an unforgettable night of high-octane action and thrilling matchups.
Fights to watch out for at UFC 285
UFC 285 is quickly becoming one of the most highly-anticipated mixed martial arts events from the promotion. The main event promises to be a true spectacle as Jon Jones, one of the greatest fighters of all time, takes on rising star and former interim heavyweight champ Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight championship. The card is loaded with an outstanding lineup of matchups that are guaranteed to deliver non-stop excitement and thrills from start to finish.
But the action won’t stop here, as the middleweight division will feature an interesting bout. The #11 ranked middleweight contender will step into the octagon to face the talented and up-and-coming South African fighter, Dricus du Plessis. The match is poised to be a thrilling encounter between two skilled and determined competitors, each with something to prove.
Another exciting matchup to keep an eye on at UFC 285 is the fight between Cody Garbrandt and Trevin Jones. Due to an injury, Julio Arce has been forced to withdraw from the bout, and the former UFC bantamweight champion will now face Jones on March 4th. Fans can expect an electrifying encounter between the two talented fighters. With the former champion taking on a rising contender, this bout promises to be a must-watch.