UFC 285 full results: Jon Jones submits Ciryl Gane in first round; Alexa Grasso shocks Valentina Shevchenko
Jon Jones, one of the most talented and polarizing fighters in UFC history, returned Saturday at UFC 285 from a three-year layoff 44 pounds heavier and it was like he never left.
The former light heavyweight champion quickly submitted Ciryl Gane in the main event of a stacked pay-per-view card that also featured a stunning upset of Valentina Shevchenko by Alexa Grasso for the flyweight title she had held since December 2018. Grasso's win ended Shevchenko's nine-fight winning streak and her eight-fight championship winning streak.
Jones now holds the UFC heavyweight title that was stripped from Francis Ngannou when he was unable to come to terms with the UFC on a new contract. Jones had never fought anyone as big and as athletic as Gane, a one-time interim champion. Yet it still took him less than three minutes to finish the fight and win a title in a second-weight class.
Jones hadn’t fought since defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 on Feb. 8, 2020, in Houston. Gane is one of the greatest all-around athletes in the UFC. He's fit, quick, explosive and presents numerous problems for his opponents. That is, until he met Jones and pretty much had nothing for the guy who is considered by many as the greatest MMA fighter of all time.
UFC 285: Jon Jones makes quick work of Ciryl Gane, wins heavyweight title with 1st-round submission
The bout ended at 2:04 of the first round and gave Jones his second weight class championship.
UFC 285 main card full results, highlights
Heavyweight: Jon Jones def. Ciryl Gane by submission (guillotine) at 2:04 of R1:
Made it look so easy. I never thought he’d come back, but happy to see it. Adds excitement to the division with Francis gone. What a night! pic.twitter.com/OdXDUrqWhf
— MS (@UFC_Obsessed) March 5, 2023
Women's flyweight: Alexa Grasso def. Valentina Shevchenko by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:34 of R4:
ALEXA GRASSO HAS SUBMITTED VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO!!
WE HAVE A NEW FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION 👑🇲🇽 #UFC285 pic.twitter.com/t4HMH5vXnw
— UFC (@ufc) March 5, 2023
Catchweight (175 lbs): Shavkat Rakhmonov def. Geoff Neal by submission (standing rear naked choke) at 4:17 of R3
Lightweight: Mateusz Gamrot def. Jalin Turner by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Middleweight: Bo Nickal def. Jamie Pickett by submission (arm triangle) at 2:54 of R1
UFC 285 prelims full results, highlights
Bantamweight: Cody Garbrandt def. Trevin Jones by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Middleweight: Dricus Du Plessis def. Derek Brunson by TKO (punches) at 4:59 of R2:
Du Plessis forces Brunson's corner to throw the towel at the end of the round. #UFC285 pic.twitter.com/PKoRBuLpaU
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 5, 2023
Women's flyweight: Amanda Ribas def. Viviane Araujo by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Middleweight: Marc-Andre Barriault def. Julian Marquez by TKO (punches) at 4:12 of R2
UFC 285 early prelims full results, highlights
Welterweight: Ian Garry def. Song Kenan by TKO (punches) at 4:22 of R3
Bantamweight: Cameron Saaiman def. Mana Martinez by majority decision (29-26, 28-27, 28-28)
Women's strawweight: Tabatha Ricci def. Jessica Penne by submission (arm bar) art 2:14 of R2:
Three in a row for @TabathaRicci!!
Baby Shark gets the submission in the second over Jessica Penne 🦈 #UFC285 pic.twitter.com/F8X5ofjuKP
— UFC (@ufc) March 4, 2023
Bantamweight: Farid Basharat def. Da'Mon Blackshear by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Loik Radzhabov def. Esteban Ribovics by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)