Jon Jones has officially followed in Daniel Cormier’s footsteps.
UFC 285 won’t soon be forgotten after two new champions were crowned this past Saturday. After three long years away from the octagon, the former two-time light heavyweight champion and all-time great Jones returned, looking possibly better than ever. The man known as “Bones” made his long-awaited heavyweight debut, wasting no time and submitting Ciryl Gane via a first-round guillotine in only two minutes and four seconds.
Jones, like his old rival Cormier, has now held UFC gold in two weight classes and never had any doubt that would be his reality come the end of UFC 285. Despite being on better terms with each other now, Cormier was still surprised like most by how easy Jones made things look in his octagon return.
“Jon Jones is the heavyweight champion of the world in a way that not many expected,” Cormier said on his YouTube channel. “All week Jon Jones spoke about how easy this fight could be and nobody wanted to believe it. I know I didn’t. I thought he was in for it to the point that at the fighter meeting when Jon Jones was on the phone, I said, ‘Hey, I got one question for you. Just speaking about fear, you said you needed that. Does Ciryl Gane present that fear?’
“He had an answer that was still almost dismissive of Ciryl Gane and I didn’t understand it. I figured he was chasing challenges to elevate himself to the next level. Well, he goes out there and dominates in a way that tells me that everything he said he believed from the very start and he just did it.”
A low blow nine seconds into the clash was the only significant shot dealt to Jones from Gane. In the wake of things, the next step is clear as the champion called for heavyweight’s arguable all-time best fighter Stipe Miocic and UFC President Dana White says that’s the plan next.
As impressive as Jones was, it wasn’t much time to get his feet back under himself and the legend admitted such in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. In the case of Cormier, he went down in weight and then back up to become a dual-division champion. For Jones, he bulked up and is seemingly still adjusting to his new body, but still as dangerous as ever.
“Jones doesn’t look like the same guy in the octagon,” Cormier said. “He’s a tad bit slower, his movements aren’t as quick and dynamic, but that’s what you expect for a guy that puts on that much weight. But when he went out there he seemed to be having a good time.
“Hats off to Jon Jones for doing something he said he was going to do by winning the fight. Not only winning the fight, winning the fight impressively.”
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UFC 285 Post-Fight Show.
On to the Next One.
UFC 285 Post-Fight Press Conference.
UFC 286 Trailer.
RIZIN Landmark 5 hype.
The rise of Shavkat.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Weird to think the UFC HW champ isn't the #1 HW in the world. First time in a long time. https://t.co/XAdbwN0Nf7— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 5, 2023
Hands of Steel.
Can’t stop watching this. https://t.co/PWr45XN7xT— E. Casey Leydon (@ekc) March 5, 2023
House of the road.
Enter: Jake Gyllenhaal ⏳ #UFC285 pic.twitter.com/sNViCnzT0J— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 5, 2023
Wow!! Just got home from boxing and caught up on the news... I am so excited because I remember meeting her for the first time as the photog for @InvictaFights – so happy for Grasso. The studio stuff is from 2015 and the action shots are from her Invicta debut in 2014 pic.twitter.com/gLzMuy20Ip— esther lin (@allelbows) March 5, 2023
Swang and bang.
Wow Chihiro Suzuki's impressive run continues. Talk about swinging for the fences! pic.twitter.com/eYnHax8Vng— Ozeki_Jim (@Ozeki_Jim) March 5, 2023
“Shavkat Fight Week” is something. #UFC285 pic.twitter.com/ebhQhnI8DU— Fabiano Buskei (@fabianobuskei) March 5, 2023
Massage thru silk. ☘️❤️ @ufc pic.twitter.com/CVXWcyCFOq— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 5, 2023
That was incredible by Jon last night! Even better to see it live! The man should’ve had two belts presented to him. And both sparkling. He did it. Fucking brilliant, @JonnyBones! Congrats!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 5, 2023
Conor McGregor’s reaction to Alexa Grasso’s victory— Carlos Contreras Legaspi (@CCLegaspi) March 5, 2023
“Viva Mexico!” #UFC285 @ESPNDeportes @espnmma pic.twitter.com/kZ7f9bNkc1
Alexa Grasso’s mural after her win in #UFC285 @espnmma @ESPNDeportes pic.twitter.com/SdjAcbV6KC— Carlos Contreras Legaspi (@CCLegaspi) March 5, 2023
Hey @ufc, sign Francis now.— Andrew Schulz HEZI (@andrewschulz) March 5, 2023
Sincerely, ALL OF US
Things are heating up between Cejudo and Sterling backstage at #UFC285 pic.twitter.com/Nr3hAX6XiR— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 5, 2023
Champ to champ.
Julian Erosa (28-11) vs. Fernando Padilla (14-4); UFC Vegas 72, April 29
Jessica Andrade (24-10) vs. Yan Xiaonan (16-3); UFC 288, May 6
Kai Asakura (19-4) vs. Yuki Motoya (33-10); RIZIN 42, May 6
Naoki Inoue (16-3) vs. Juan Archuleta (27-4); RIZIN 42, May 6
Roberto “Satoshi” de Souza (14-2) vs. Spike Carlyle (14-4); RIZIN 42, May 6
Seika Izawa (9-0) vs. Miyuu Yamamoto (6-7); RIZIN 42, May 6
Ulka Sasaki (23-10-2) vs. Boyd Allen (16-5-1); RIZIN 42, May 6
John Dodson (23-13) vs. Tatsuki Saomoto (18-2); RIZIN 42, May 6
Yuki Ito (13-4) vs. Erson Yamamoto (3-5); RIZIN 42, May 6
I am still in disbelief over both title wins this past weekend... This sport is just too much sometimes, man.
Thanks for reading!
Last Week’s Results:
Friday: 89% of 441 total votes answered “Valentina Shevchenko” when asked, “Who wins tomorrow?” Alexa Grasso defeated Shevchenko via fourth-round submission (rear-naked choke) in the UFC 285 co-main event.
Thursday: 61% of 321 total votes answered “Mateuz Gamrot” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?” Gamrot defeated Jalin Turner via split decision at UFC 285.
Wednesday: 62% of 601 total votes answered “Jon Jones” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?” Jones defeated Ciryl Gane via first-round submission (guillotine) in the UFC 285 main event.
Tuesday: 67% of 665 total votes answered “No” when asked, “Should Paddy Pimblett’s next fight be a rematch with Jared Gordon?” Pimblett defeated Gordon via unanimous decision in the UFC 282 co-main event.
Monday: 71% of 452 total votes answered “Tommy Fury” when asked, “Who wins the rematch?” Fury defeated Jake Paul via split decision in their Feb. 26 boxing match.
Today’s exit poll:
Was Jones’ performance against Gane his career best?
This poll is closed
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