It’s the ideal opportunity for the hotly anticipated return of Jon Jones.
After over three years from the Octagon, the previous light heavyweight champion will return Saturday and face Ciryl Gane for the empty UFC heavyweight title. The battle will feature UFC 285 at T-Versatile Field.
On Friday, the untouched extraordinary tipped the scales at 248 pounds, a half-pound more than his rival Gane (247.5). Jones surrendered the light heavyweight belt in August 2020 and started his readiness of gaining weight, which incorporated a 5,000-calorie-per-day diet and powerlifting. Jones (26-1, 1 NC) possesses the UFC records for the longest unbeaten streak (18), triumphs in title battles (14), and title protections (11, attached with Demetrious Johnson). The New York local, who lives and trains in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last battled in February 2020, a success over Dominick Reyes with regards to the 205-pound title. Jones, 35, was likewise the most youthful warrior to bring home a UFC championship in 2011 (23 years of age). He’s now viewed as the best contender ever, however, can take out any discussion by coming out on top for a second-division championship in the UFC.
Gane (11-1) is falling off a third-round knockout of Tai Tuivasa in September. The France local has won eight of his nine UFC battles. Gane, 32, has only one vocation misfortune, a consistent choice loss against Francis Ngannou for the UFC heavyweight title in January 2022 at UFC 270.