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MMA Preview: Jon Jones (26-1-1) at Cyril “Bon Gamin” Gane (11-1)

Three years after his last fight, Jon Jones will make his heavyweight debut on Saturday. Jon Jones vs. Cyril Gane is the main event of UFC 285 in Vegas and one of the most exciting heavyweight fights in years. He is competing against Cyril Gane for the vacant title. In the heavyweight division, Jones, widely regarded as the GOAT, has a shot at winning the title. Gane is the only thing standing in the way of his progress.

Jon Jones Has Never Been This Big and Strong Jon “Bones” Jones has a professional record of 26-1-1, but some may argue that his actual record is 28-0. His only defeat came when he was disqualified from a fight he was winning because of illegal elbows. Jones beat Daniel Cormier in the title fight by knockout in the first round, which resulted in the fight being declared a draw. Jones’s positive drug test resulted in the loss of the victory.

Jon Jones vs Cyril Gane Odds
Moneyline Odds
Jon Jones – 175
Cyril Gane + 150
*Odds taken from Sports Odds Direct on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

When, Where, and How to Watch?
Place: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Time: ~10:00 PM ET
How to Watch: PPV

Jones has defeated a number of elite fighters during his professional career, including DC and others like Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, and Glover Teixeira.

Jones is known as a fighter who enjoys using his own weapons to defeat his opponents. He defeated Cormier in wrestling, KO’d Gustafsson, etc. On Saturday, will he attempt to outbox Cyril Gane? Experts in MMA disagree. Instead, they believe Jones will concentrate on what they perceive to be Gane’s Achilles’ heel, grappling.

Cyril “Bon Gamin” Gane (11-1) is a heavyweight who moves like a middleweight and needs more weapons to defeat Jones. This explains why he didn’t get hit a lot in the title fight against Francis Ngannou. Ngannou, on the other hand, defeated Gane completely in that fight.

Even the No. 1 contender, Gane, had no idea that Ngannou would engage in grappling. He lost the title fight for one reason. However, he is probably prepared for the fight on the floor this time. Naturally, the question is whether or not he will require his grappling abilities at all.

The problem is that Gane is a great kickboxer who has Muay Thai experience and has a much wider range of motion than Jones. He certainly appears to be capable of keeping his opponent at a distance.

Prediction for Jon Jones vs. Cyril Gane: Jon Jones will win by taking the fight to the ground. Cyril Gane must outbox his opponent in order to win the title. So, which strategy will win out?

The odds are stacked in Jones’ favor, but we expect the three-year hiatus to wear down. Jones isn’t fast enough to keep up with Gane, who is going to hurt Jones with his punches and also has steel fists.

Nevertheless, we do not anticipate Gane eliminating him. Instead, in order to win by decision, he will try to land as many significant strikes as possible.

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