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UFC 285: Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane to headline the event

LockerRoom Team
19 January 2023

The No. 1 heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane and the former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones square off in a Super Fight for the vacant undisputed heavyweight title in the UFC’s return to T-Mobile Arena.

Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane for the title

Jones (26-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico) makes his first appearance in the Octagon since February 2020 with the goal of being the best fighter to ever compete. He holds the UFC records for the most championship fight victories (14), the most light heavyweight victories (20), and the longest light heavyweight winning streak. He is widely regarded as the best MMA fighter overall, pound for pound (13). Jones now intends to make a statement against Gane and cement his legacy with a second divisional title.

Additional Bouts on the card

Flyweight Viviane Araujo, who is rated No. 7 and represents Brazil (fighting out of Brasilia), is up against No. 15 Amanda Ribas in an attempt to maintain her position (11-3, fighting out of Varginha, Brazil)

At middleweight, Bo Nickal (3-0, from Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania) faces Wilmington, North Carolina's Jamie Pickett (13-8), in his eagerly awaited UFC debut.

No. 7 ranked Geoff Neal (15-4, competing out of Dallas, Texas) squares off against No. 10 Shavkat Rakhmonov in a compelling welterweight matchup (16-0, fighting out of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan)

The No. 5 middleweight, Derek Brunson (23-8, of Wilmington, North Carolina), seeks to stop No. 10 Dricus Du Plessis' upward trend (18-2, fighting out of Pretoria, South Africa)

Cody Garbrandt (12-5, competing out of Sacramento, California) makes his comeback against Julio Arce (18-6, fighting out of Bayside, N.Y.)

In a middleweight match, Julian Marquez (9-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada) squares off against Marc-Andre Barriault (14-6, 1 NC, competing out of Quebec, Canada).

The intriguing lightweights Esteban Ribovics (11-0, fighting out of Cordoba, Argentina) and Kamuela Kirk (12-5, competing out of Goodyear, Arizona) intend to steal the show.

Da'Mon Blackshear (12-4-1, representing Albuquerque, New Mexico) is aiming to overcome undefeated Farid Basharat, a former contestant from Dana White's Contender Series (9-0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.)

Tabatha Ricci will compete against Jessica Penne, a former strawweight title contender from Huntington Beach, California (14-7). (7-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)

UFC 285 Timings and Channel

UFC 285: JONES vs. GANE takes place Saturday, March 4 in Las Vegas with the main card at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ PPV. The prelims will be seen on ESPN, ESPNNEWS and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the night’s action starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT with Early Prelims on ESPN+ (English and Spanish) and UFC Fight Pass.

UFC 285 Tickets

UFC 285: JONES vs. GANE tickets will go on sale Friday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. PT and are available for purchase at Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. PT via the website A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Jan. 19 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through

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