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Jones Returns to Face Gane for UFC 285 Betting Heavyweight Title

UFC 285 - Main Card  Jones vs. Gane Odds by CashBet Sportsbook

Namely, Jon Jones returns from an absence of over three years when he faces Ciryl Gane for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship.  The bout is one of two title bouts at UFC 285 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.  Of course, Jones (26-1) is the longtime light heavyweight champion.  Last time in the octagon for Jones was in February 2020.  Jones vacated his 205-pound title that August to move to heavyweight.  Meanwhile, Gane (11-1) is one fight removed from challenging Francis Ngannou for the UFC betting heavyweight title in January 2022.

UFC 285 – Main Card  Jones vs. Gane

Date:  Saturday, March 4, 2023, 10 p.m. ET

Location:  T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

UFC TV Coverage:  ESPN+

UFC 285 CashBet Odds:   Jon Jones -155 vs. #1 Ciryl Gane +135, C-Valentina Shevchenko -600 vs. Alexa Grasso +450

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In addition to the heavyweight championship, there is an additional best sportsbook online title fight.  To show, women’s flyweight champ Valentine Shevchenko (23-3) and challenger Alexa Grasso (15-3) will clash.  Shevchenko, the UFC’s longest-reigning current champion with seven title defenses since winning the belt in 2018, is No. 2 in the ESPN pound-for-pound women’s rankings.  Grasso is ranked seventh among flyweight women by ESPN.

The Return of Jon Jones!

Jones will be fighting for the first time in over three years when he steps into the octagon for the main event of UFC 285 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Jones’ meeting with Ciryl Gane for the vacant heavyweight championship is not just the weekend’s biggest fight.  In fact, it’s the biggest fight the UFC bets sport has seen in years.  Saturday marks the return of the consensus GOAT of MMA.  And he’s not simply coming back to reclaim what he left behind.  To illuminate, the virtually forever light heavyweight champ is making his debut as a heavyweight.

The MMA betting importance of Jones being back in the cage is obvious to longtime mixed martial arts fans.  Also, those who weren’t yet following the sport in the pre-pandemic days of February 2020 will get the ultimate MMA treat.

Jones won the UFC light heavyweight title in March 2011 at age 23 by stopping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.  As a result, he became the youngest champion in UFC history.

Subsequently, he mowed down a procession of ex-champions and future Hall of Famers.  At the same time, he was standing head and shoulders above the crowd at 205 pounds.  Jones built the ultimate case for recognition as the greatest fighter in the history of MMA.

Consider that Jones owns the UFC record for most title fight wins, with 14.  They came during an unbeaten run through three reigns with the belt.  On the other hand, the grim side of the Jones story exists.

Jones never lost his championship inside the cage

However, he was stripped of it for bad behavior three times.  Hence, he became the only fighter ever to have a title taken away by the UFC more than once.  Jones served three suspensions for doping violations.  Additionally, he was suspended in connection with an arrest following a hit-and-run accident that injured a pregnant woman.  Jones has been arrested several other times.  Including on a domestic violence charge and twice for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Indeed, Jones’ career path has been a wild route of thrills and spinouts.  But one thing about that career is undeniable: Jones was unbeatable when he made it into the octagon.  Mostly.  His past couple of defenses at 205 pounds were not as overpowering as gamblers were used to.

It is true that Jones is the GOAT.  But Gane is as good as it gets in the heavyweight division.  He has knocked out Tai Tuivasa, Derrick Lewis, and Junior dos Santos.  And then, in the only loss of his career, Gane gave Francis Ngannou problems.  Gane has the size and elite striking skills to control this fight and win it.  However, Gane was taken down and controlled on the canvas four times in last year’s fight with Ngannou.  And Ngannou is nowhere near the wrestler Jones is.

Shevchenko vs. Grasso

Overall, Shevchenko will be making the eighth defense of her 125-pound title.  That’s twice as many defenses as any other current UFC champion.  Since 2018, Shevchenko has ruled the flyweights.  It has been over a decade since she has lost to anyone other than women’s GOAT Amanda Nunes.

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