UFC 285: Expert picks and best best for Jones vs. Gane

Former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will make his heavyweight debut this weekend when he challenges former interim champion Cyril Gein for the vacant heavyweight title at UFC 285. The event takes place on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.10:00 pm ET on Sportzshala+ PPVwith previews at 8:00 PM on SportzshalaEWS/Sportzshala+ and early previews at 5:30 PM on Sportzshala+).

Jones has not fought since 2020, when he successfully defended his 205-pound world title against Dominick Reyes. Gein, ranked #2 in Sportzshala’s division, knocked out Tai Tuivas in the third round in his last fight. He lost to Francis Ngannou in his previous fight for the heavyweight title.

In the co-main event, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will defend her title for the ninth consecutive time against Alexa Grasso.

Shevchenko, ranked No. 2 in the Sportzshala Women’s rankings regardless of weight class, defeated Tayla Santos via split decision in her last fight. Grasso, ranked 7th in the women’s flyweight division, has won four fights in a row, with her most recent victory coming by unanimous decision against Vivian Araujo.

Mark Raimondi spoke with Xtreme Couture mixed martial arts coach Erik Niksik for his take on the main event and UFC women’s strawweight fighter Angela Hill for her take on the co-main event. Sportzshala betting experts Ian Parker and Reed Koon add their insights and analysis for the main event and other intriguing bets they like.

Editor’s Note: Answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Heavyweight title fight: Jon Jones vs. Cyril Gein


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