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Jon Jones stops Ciryl Gane in two minutes claims heavyweight championship at UFC 285

Jon Jones stops Ciryl Gane in two minutes, claims heavyweight championship at UFC 285

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, March 4, 2023, for UFC 285, going down live from the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

Headlining the event is the return of perhaps the greatest mixed martial arts fighter to ever walk the earth, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (26-1), who makes his first appearance in three years tonight to challenge former interim UFC heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane (11-1) for the vacant heavyweight championship.

Co-headlining the event was also a title fight, this one coming at 125 lbs as UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (23-3) aims to make the eighth-straight defense of her title opposing no. 6 ranked Alexa Grasso (15-3).

Reverting back to our main event:

Jones held down the UFC’s 205 lb division for nine-straight years, despite all his suspensions.

The only man to hold the title during his suspensions, Daniel Cormier, he went 2-0 against. The light-heavyweight title changed hands 11 times prior to him winning it, and in just three years since he vacated it, it’s already changed hands another four times. That’s what you call dominant, and that doesn’t even mention the resume of absolute legends he handily beat fight after fight to achieve these records.

Then we have Ciryl Gane, one of the best pure strikers we’ve ever seen in the sport of MMA that’s done very well for himself throughout his 12-fight career, with his only defeat coming in a very close fight to former heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

Continue reading to see how this epic heavyweight championship bout went down:

Official Result: Jon Jones def. Ciryl Gane via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:04 of round one

Jones lands a nice outside leg kick to begin the bout, just before Gane catches him with a low kick about ten seconds into the fight. The action is stopped, and in less than a minute Jones is ready to go and gets back to work. He’s controlling the center of the octagon well and walking Gane down.

Gane throws a left cross and Jones ducks under it with beautiful timing to secure a takedown. He’s right into mount with Gane’s back to the fence, and he’s searching for a guillotine the whole time.

It doesn’t take him long and he has it under the neck, forcing Gane to tap in just over two minutes.

Jon Jones just made that look easy.

Francis Ngannou narrowly beat Ciryl Gane, barely, and Jones just handled him with ease after three years away. After his latest pair of performances, it’s safe to say he’s reinvented himself once again as the UFC heavyweight champion, and the former longtime UFC light-heavyweight champion that never lost his belt in a fight.

One era of greatness ended tonight at UFC 285 when Valentina Shevchenko lost her flyweight championship to Alexa Grasso in the co-main event, but another era of greatness continued with Jon Jones becoming a two-division champion, and perhaps the baddest man on the planet.

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