Jon Jones

UFC 285 is set to be one of the biggest events of the year, as former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones makes his long-awaited heavyweight debut against interim titleholder Ciryl Gane in the main event.

The card will feature two title fights, as women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko defends her belt against Alexa Grasso in the co-main event, as well.

Watch the entire UFC 285 fight card including the Jones vs. Gane main event only on ESPN+ PPV.

Jon Jones (-185) vs. Ciryl Gane (+144)

This is arguably the most anticipated fight of 2023, as Jones returns to action after vacating his light heavyweight title in 2020 and moving up to heavyweight. Jones is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time, with a record of 26-1-1 (1 NC), and wins over legends like Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson, Lyoto Machida, and more.

Gane is a rising star in the heavyweight division with an 11-1 record. He captured the interim title by dominating Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 last year, showcasing his striking skills, speed, and cardio. His sole loss was against Francis Ngannou as he attempted to unify the titles in January last year.

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The opening odds for this fight had Jones as a +140 underdog and Gane as a -166 favorite. However, since then, there has been significant line movement in favor of Jones, who not only closed the gap but moved into position as the favorite at -185. This means that Jones’ odds have decreased by 59% since opening, indicating that more bettors are backing the former light heavyweight champion to secure the victory at UFC 285.

Some of the reasons why bettors are flocking to Jones are:

  • He has more experience (28 vs. 12 fights), especially in five-round bouts (15 vs. 2)
  • He has faced tougher competition than Gane
  • He has a longer reach (84″ vs. 81″) and leg reach (45″ vs. 42″) than Gane
  • He has more diverse weapons in his arsenal, such as elbows, knees, and spinning attacks
  • He has proven himself to be adaptable and resilient in different situations

Some of the reasons why Gane could pose a threat to Jones are:

  • He has more recent experience at heavyweight than Jones
  • He has excellent striking skills, footwork, and movement for a big man
  • He has never been finished or hurt in his career

Despite the wild swing in the betting odds, this fight is expected to be a close and competitive one that could go either way depending on who imposes their game plan better.

Read more: Jones vs. Gane staff predictions

UFC 285 Betting Odds

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Main Card – 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT only on ESPN+ PPV (order here)

  • Jon Jones (-185) vs. Ciryl Gane (+144)
  • Valentina Shevchenko (-833) vs. Alexa Grasso (+510)
  • Geoff Neal (+363) vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (-555)
  • Mateusz Gamrot (-227) vs. Jalin Turner (+172)
  • Bo Nickal (-2000) vs. Jamie Pickett (+844)

Prelims – 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT on ESPN+

  • Cody Garbrandt (-175) vs. Trevin Jones (+136)
  • Derek Brunson (+183) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (-238)
  • Viviane Araujo (+104) vs. Amanda Ribas (-131)
  • Julian Marquez (+121) vs. Marc-Andre Barriault (-156)

Early Prelims – 5:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm PT on ESPN+

  • Ian Machado Garry (-833) vs. Song Kenan (+487)
  • Mana Martinez (+201) vs. Cameron Saaiman (-270)
  • Jessica Penne (+238) vs. Tabatha Ricci (-322)
  • Da’Mon Blackshear (+333) vs. Farid Basharat (-476)
  • Loik Radzhabov (-263) vs. Esteban Ribovics (+200)

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