Los Angeles For more than ten years, Jon Jones has been the top fighter in mixed martial arts, followed by everyone else. Nothing has altered at all after a weight gain and three years away.
In the main event of UFC 285 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, Jones submitted Ciryl Gane with a guillotine choke at 2 minutes and 4 seconds of the first round. After dominating the light heavyweight class for many years, Jones is now the UFC heavyweight champion. This win settled the dispute that he was the best MMA fighter ever.
In his interview after the fight, Jones said, “I’ve been working for this for a long time. “Many people believed that I would not be returning. I’ve stuck to my plan with fidelity. I’ve been committed to the task. Even on the days I didn’t want to workout, I showed there.”
In all honesty, Jones made it seem simple. He brought Gane to the ground, sat him against the cage, and applied the choke. That was unusual, yet Gane looked secure. But, Jones applied the pressure, forcing Gane to tap.
Jones said, “I’ve been wrestling since I was 12 years old. “I’ve never felt stronger or more at ease on the earth. I knew as soon as I had him in my possession that’s where I feel most at ease and I can be in charge.”
Jones last competed in February of 2020. In August 2020, he gave up the light heavyweight title to be ready to go up to heavyweight. Jones requested time to advance properly, and he was granted it. After always fighting at 205 pounds, he put on more than 25 pounds of muscle and weighed in at 248 pounds on Friday.
Back in 2012, Jones had mentioned stepping up to heavyweight. His lone loss in the ring occurred when he was controversially disqualified from a match that he was clearly winning. He has never genuinely lost in the ring.
Former champion Francis Ngannou, who left the UFC as a free agency earlier this year, renounced the heavyweight championship.
After his victory, Jones earns a matchup against Stipe Miocic, the most accomplished heavyweight in UFC history and a former two-time champion.
You want to watch me punch Stipe, right? In his Octagon interview, Jones remarked. “I do know one thing about the UFC: we cater to fan preferences. I hope you’re working out, Stipe Miocic. You are history’s greatest heavyweight. I really want you, therefore that’s what I want.”
The longest undefeated run (19), most wins in championship bouts (15), and most title defences are all held by Jones (27-1, 1 NC) in the UFC (11, tied with Demetrious Johnson). The New York native, who now resides and trains in Albuquerque, New Mexico, defeated Dominick Reyes in his most recent contest to retain his 205-pound championship.
Jones, 35, was the 23-year-old fighter to win a UFC championship in 2011.
In September, 32-year-old Gane (11-2) defeated Tai Tuivasa in the third round. His lone previous setback came in a unanimous decision loss to Ngannou for the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 270 in January 2022.