Results: Jon Jones defeats Ciryl Gane via first-round submission at the 2:56 mark. Bones Jones is now the UFC heavyweight champion of the world!
THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME IS NOW THE HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMP— UFC (@ufc) March 5, 2023
JON JONES SUBMITS CIRYL GANE!! #UFC285 pic.twitter.com/JOiAnweVJ5
12:39 a.m. ET update: Jon ‘Bones’ Jones struts to the ring as Jadakiss, “the champ is here” rings throughout T-Mobile Arena.
The main event for UFC 285 features a heavyweight showdown, as Jon Jones returns and steps up in weight to fight Ciryl Gane for the vacant UFC heavyweight title. The fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada as the main card will stream on ESPN+ PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Jones (26-1) makes his way back to the octagon after a three year hiatus. He is making a jump to heavyweight, as in his last bout he defeated Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision in February 2020 to retain the UFC light heavyweight title.
Gane (11-1) enters this fight after a KO win against Tai Tuivasa in September 2022. The former interim heavyweight champion is looking for an upset and trying to capture it again.
Jones is a favorite to win this bout with -175 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook, making Gane a +150 underdog.
We’ll be providing live updates throughout the fight with round-by-round scoring until a winner is determined.
Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane round-by-round results
Round 1: Jones wins by submission
First kick of the fight lands below the belt, Gane gets a warning from the ref. Jones does a quick spin and then secures his first takedown of the fight. Slight clinch and Jones re-adjusts, rear naked choke applied and Gane taps! Wow what a return to the ring, Jon Jones is the new UFC heavyweight champion!