UFC 285 Fight Card

UFC 285 is just around the corner. Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena will host the event on March 4, 2023. Jon Jones will make his long-awaited heavyweight debut in the main event for the vacant UFC heavyweight belt against Ciryl Gane. This article will bring you details about the UFC 285 Fight Card, main event, co-main event, main card, and prelims.

UFC 285 Full Fight Card

Main Card

  1. Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane; For the vacant UFC heavyweight title
  2. Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso; Women’s Flyweight title bout
  3. Geoff Neal vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov; Welterweight
  4. Mateusz Gamrot vs. Jalin Turner; Lightweight
  5. Bo Nickal vs. Jamie Pickett; Middleweight

Prelims

  • Cody Garbrandt vs. Trevin Jones; Bantamweight
  • Derek Brunson vs. Dricus du Plessis; Middleweight
  • Viviane Araujo vs. Amanda Ribas; Women’s Flyweight
  • Julian Marquez vs. Marc-Andrea Barriault; Middleweight

Early Prelims

  • Ian Machado Garry vs. Song Kenan; Welterweight
  • Mana Martinez vs. Cameron Saaiman; Bantamweight
  • Jessica Penne vs. Tabatha Ricci; Women’s Strawweight
  • Da’Mon Blackshear vs. Farid Basharat; Bantamweight
  • Kamuela Kirk vs. Esteban Ribovics; Lightweight

UFC 285 Main Event: Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane

Jon Jones will take on Ciryl Gane for the vacant UFC Heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 285.

Jone JonesNameCiryl Gane
AmericanNationalityFrench
35Age32
6′ 4″Height6′ 4″
84.5″Reach81″
26-1, 1 NC, 10 KOsMMA Record11-1, 5 KOs

Jon Jones is a former UFC Light Heavyweight king, a two-time former champion, and was considered to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in UFC. Jon “Bones” Jones will return inside the octagon for the first time in 3 years to make his UFC heavyweight debut. The 35-year-old American boasts a 26-1 MMA record with 1 no-contest.

The former interim UFC heavyweight champion “Bon Gamin” Gane will get another shot to hold the belt. He lost the belt to Francis Ngannou at UFC 270, which was also his first defeat in his 11-1 MMA career.

Co-Main Event: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso

UFC 285 will feature another title battle in the co-main event for the Women’s Flyweight belt.

Valentina Shevchenko NameAlex Grasso
KyrgyzstaniNationalityMexican
34Age29
5′ 5″Height5′ 5″
66.5″Reach66″
23-3, 8 KOsMMA Record15-3, 4 KOs

The reigning flyweight queen Shevchenko has defended her title seven times since beating  Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 231 to be the flyweight champion. The 34-year-old is the current #2 in UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings. In her last bout, she beat Taila Santos at UFC 275 in June 2022. It could be another routine title defense for Shevchenko at UFC 275.

In the biggest fight of the Mexican’s career to date, Alex Grasso will face Shevchenko for the flyweight belt. Grasso is #6 in UFC women’s flyweight rankings. She boasts a 15-3 MMA record. She is on a 4-fight winning streak.

Geoff Neal vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov

Neal will take on Rakhmonov in a welterweight battle on the main card.

Geoff NealNameShavkat Rakhmonov
AmericanNationalityKazakh
32Age28
5′ 11″Height6′ 1″
75″Reach77″
15-4, 9 KOsMMA Record16-0, 8 KOs

Geoff Neal is in the #7 UFC welterweight rankings. “Handz of Steel” has a 15-4 MMA record. He was named the Performance of the Night in his last bout, against Vicente Luque, at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Hill.

The Kazakh MMA star has never lost a professional fight. The former M-1 Global welterweight champion boasts a 16-0 MMA record. “Nomad” won back-to-back Performance of the Night bonuses in his last two bouts. He is the current #10 in UFC welterweight rankings.

Mateusz Gamrot vs. Jalin Turner

The main card will feature an interesting lightweight battle between Gamrot and Turner.

Mateusz GamrotNameJalin Turner
PolishNationalityAmerican
32Age27
5′ 10″Height6′ 3″
71″Reach77″
21-2, 1 NCMMA Record13-5, 9 KOs

Mateusz Gamrot boasts an impressive 21-2 MMA record with 1 no-contest. “Gamer” lost his last fight against Beneil Dariush at UFC 280.

Jalin Turner is on a hot winning streak of 5 fights. “The Tarantula” beat Brad Riddell in his last bout at UFC 276.

Bo Nickal vs. Jamie Pickett

Nickal will lock horns against Pickett in a middleweight battle on the main card.

Bo NickalNameJamie Pickett
AmericanNationalityAmerican
27Age34
6′ 1″Height6′ 1″
75″Reach80″
3-0, 1 KOMMA Record13-8, 8 KOs

Middleweight. Bo Nickal will look to keep his MMA record unscarred when he makes his UFC debut. “The Allen Assassin” is on a 3-0 record.

Jamie Pickett will look to come back in winning ways. “The Nightwolf” lost his last two bouts.

Prelims

Cody Garbrandt vs. Trevin Jones

Cody Garbrandt will take on Trevin Jones in a bantamweight bout in the UFC 285 prelims.

“No Love” Garbrandt is on a 12-5 MMA record. The knockout artist has 10 wins via KO/TKO. The 31-year-old American lost his last two fights against Kai Kara-France and Rob Font.

“5 Star” Jones is on a 13-9 MMA record, with 1 no-contest. The 32-year-old American lost his last three, including Raoni Barcelos at UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Yan.

Derek Brunson vs. Dricus du Plessis

The exciting middleweight bout between Brunson and du Plessis will be on the prelims at UFC 285.

The 39-year-old American is on a 23-8 MMA record. Brunson lost his last bout against Jared Cannonier at UFC 271.

“StillKnocks” du Plessis is a two-time former EFC middleweight champion. The 29-year-old South African has an impressive 18-2 MMA record.

Viviane Araujo vs. Amanda Ribas

UFC 285 prelims include women’s flyweight between Viviane Araujo and Amanda Ribas.

“Vivi” is on an 11-4 MMA record. The 36-year-old Brazilian lost her last fight against Alexa Grasso at UFC Fight Night 212 main event.

Ribas is on an 11-3 MMA record. The Brazilian competes in both UFC strawweight and heavyweight divisions. She lost her last fight against Katlyn Chookagian in May 2022.

Julian Marquez vs. Marc-Andrea Barriault

The middleweight bout between Marquez and Barriault will be in the prelims.

“The Cuban Missile Crisis” is on a 9-3 MMA record. Marquez lost his last fight against Gregory Rodrigues in June 2022.

“Power Bar” Barriault is on a 14-6 MMA record with 1 no-contest. The 33-year-old Canadian lost his last fight against Anthony Hernandez in Sep. 2022.

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Golam Muktadir is a passionate sports fan and a dedicated movie buff. He has been writing about both topics for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with his readers. Muktadir has a degree in journalism and has written for several well-known publications, including Surprise Sports.

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