Former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will make his heavyweight debut against former interim champion Ciryl Gane this Saturday in the main event of UFC 285 in Las Vegas. Fans have been waiting for Jones to make this move ever since the start of his spectacular reign as the light heavyweight champion, but it has taken years of discussion and bargaining to make it happen.
Jones faces an unquestionably difficult test in his heavyweight debut, despite his reputation as one of the finest ever. Given his history in Muay Thai, Gane is regarded as the most technical striker in the division, and he possesses the strength, power, and cardio to support that skill set. It’s an eternally captivating fight, and the fact that this will be Jones’ first Octagon appearance since a razor-thin decision victory over Dominick Reyes in early 2020 only adds to the intrigue.
In the co-main event, the dominant flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will go up against Alexa Grasso, a member of a new wave of challengers, in an attempt to retain her title.
Let’s check out the odds and our official picks.
UFC 285: Jon Jones vs Ciryl Gane Betting Odds and Predictions
- Main Event: Jon Jones (1.61) vs. Ciryl Gane (2.40)
Prediction: Jon Jones wins
- Co-Main Event: Valentina Shevchenko (1.15) vs. Alexa Grasso (6.00)
Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko wins or the fight goes over 2.5 rounds @1.58
- Geoff Neal (5.00) vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (1.15)
Shavkat Rakhmanov wins this fight or the fight doesn’t go the distance @1.40
- Mateusz Gamrot (1.40) vs. Jalin Turner (2.80)
Prediction: Jalin Turner wins
- Bo Nickal (1.06) vs. Jamie Pickett (8.00)
Prediction: Bo Nickal wins in round 1 @1.50