UFC 285: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Jon Jones' Octagon Return

Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane go head-to-head for the vacant UFC heavyweight title on Saturday night
11:00, 02 Mar 2023

Jon Jones makes his long-awaited Octagon return this weekend when he collides with Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 for the vacant heavyweight title. 

Here’s everything you need to know about a stacked card in Las Vegas that also includes a women’s flyweight title showdown between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso.

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

When: Saturday, March 4

How To Watch: BT Sport 1. The programme will begin at 00.30am Sunday for UK fight fans, with the main card expected to begin at 3am and the main event beginning at approximately 6am. 

Tale Of The Tape:


Place Of Birth: Rochester, New York 

Age: 35

Alias: Bones

Record: 26-1-0 (1 NC) 

Height: 6’4’’

Reach: 84’’

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight: Jones has been away form the Octagon since February 2020 when he beat Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision at UFC 247. 


Place Of Birth: La Roche-sur-Yon, France

Age: 32

Alias: Bon Gamin

Record: 11-1-0

Height: 6’4’’

Reach: 81’’

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight: Gane claimed a third round knockout win over Tai Tuivasa last September 

What They Say:

Jones: “It’s been a long time coming. This is three years of training twice a day with no reward. That was frustrating at times. 

“But I stayed faithful to my goals and dreams, and I’m here. I’ve made it. I am excited, and I am here for the challenge.

“I respect that Ciryl took this fight. I like what he stands for. He carries himself like a gentleman. 

“I know he has a lot to gain and not much to lose, but this is a huge step up in competition for him in my opinion.”

Full Fight Card:

Main Card

Jon Jones vs Ciryl Gane, vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship

Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs Alexa Grasso, UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship

Geoff Neal vs Shavkat Rakhmonov

Mateusz Gamrot vs Jalin Turner

Bo Nickal vs Jamie Pickett

Preliminary Card

Cody Garbrandt vs Trevin Jones

Derek Brunson vs Dricus du Plessis

Viviane Araujo vs Amanda Ribas

Julian Marquez vs Marc-Andre Barriault

Early Preliminary Card

Ian Garry vs Song Kenan

Cameron Saaiman vs Leomana Martinez

Jessica Penne vs Tabatha Ricci

Da’Mon Blackshear vs Farid Basharat

Esteban Ribovics vs Loik Radzhabov

Betfred Odds:

Jones: 8/13

Gane: 5/4

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