Las Vegas, NV – In a stunning upset, Jon Jones defeated Ciryl Gane via first-round submission to win the heavyweight title in UFC 285. The fight took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Jones, a former light heavyweight champion, moved up in weight to challenge the undefeated Gane in what many saw as a risky move. However, Jones quickly proved he was up to the challenge, dominating Gane throughout the first round before locking in a guillotine choke that forced Gane to tap out.
The victory marks a career-defining moment for Jones, who has long been regarded as one of the greatest fighters in UFC history. Speaking to reporters after the fight, Jones expressed his gratitude and said he had “worked hard for this moment.”
“I’m just so grateful, so blessed to be here,” Jones said. “This is what it’s all about, going out there and giving your best every time you step into the octagon.”
The win also sets up a potentially lucrative rematch with reigning heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, who Jones has been eyeing for months. Ngannou was in attendance at UFC 285 and reportedly expressed his willingness to fight Jones in the future.
For Gane, the loss was a humbling setback in what had been a promising career. Still, he remained upbeat after the fight, saying he would bounce back stronger in his next bout.
“I’ll be back, I’ll be better,” Gane said. “This loss just gives me more motivation to keep working and get better every day.”
As for the UFC, the promotion is likely thrilled with the outcome of UFC 285, which saw a major upset and sets up several exciting potential matchups in the heavyweight division. Fans will no doubt be eagerly anticipating Jones’ next move and whether he’ll be able to capture another UFC title.