Jon “Bones” Jones added another page to his historic mixed martial arts career on Saturday night.
After being away from the Octagon for more than three years, Jones successfully moved up to heavyweight and won the vacant division title with a dominant first-round submission win over Cyril Gane in the main event of UFC 285 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas .
It took Jones just two minutes and four seconds to finish off the highly acclaimed Frenchman. The former light heavyweight champion marched across the octagon, took Gane with him, pinned him against the fence, locked in the guillotine to bring about the submission win and Jones’ second as many weight division championships.
If that sounded easy, it’s because Jones made it look that way.
Here’s a look at the finish:
The win raised Jones’ record to 27-1 overall and he remains undefeated in championship bouts. Gane, who also lost his previous attempt at the heavyweight crown in January 2022 to Francis Ngannou (who vacated the title when he left promotion), had bounced back and seized that opportunity with a KO win over Tai Tuivasa earned in September 2022.
Gane is now 11-2 overall.
After the fight, Jones was mentioned to a July championship defense against Stipe Miocic while the camera panned to the former in the crowd.
Jones took the opportunity to challenge Miocic and the latter accepted the challenge, seemingly setting the stage for a monumental main event in July.
Jones became only the second fighter in UFC history to win both the light heavyweight and heavyweight championships in his career. His dominance at 205 pounds and subsequent heavyweight crowning strengthens his case as a GOAT in all mixed martial arts.
Here are all the results from Saturday night at a glance.
- Jon Jones defeated. Cyril Gane by first round submission (guillotine)
- Defeated Alexa Grasso. Valentina Shevchenko by fourth-round submission (rear-naked-choke)
- Shavkat Rakhmonov defeated. Geoff Neal by third-round submission (rear-naked-choke)
- Mateusz Gamrot defeated. Jalin Turner by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Bo defeated Nickal. Jamie Pickett by first-round submission (arm triangle)
- Defeated Cody Garbrandt. Trevin Jones by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
- Defeated Dricus Du Plessis. Derek Brunson by TKO of the second round (corner throws in the towel)
- Defeated Amanda Ribas. Viviane Araujo by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-27)
- Defeated Marc Andre Barriault. Julian Marquez by TKO from the second round
- Ian Garry defeated. Kenan Song by third-round TKO
- Cameron defeated Saaiman. Mana Martinez by majority vote (29-26, 28-27, 28-28).
- Tabitha Ricci defeated. Jessica Penne by second round submission (armbar)
- Farid defeated Basharat. Da’Mon Blackshear by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
- Loik Radzhabov defeated. Esteban Ribovics by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Grasso dethrones Shevchenko
While Jones cemented his greatness, another all-time great suffered a rare loss. Valentina Shevchenko lost her women’s flyweight title in the co-main event via submission in the fourth round to Alexa Grasso.
The two women battled in a back-and-forth before a faulty spining back kick put Shevchenko in a compromising position in the fourth round. Grasso quickly got the champion’s back and used a rear naked choke (actually more of a face crank) to force the submission.
Grasso became the third Mexican champion in the UFC, alongside Brandon Moreno and Yair Rodriguez. The loss not only cost Shevchenko her title, but also ended her undefeated flyweight streak. It was her first loss overall since she dropped a split decision to Amanda Nunes at bantamweight in September 2017.
Shevchenko demanded and will likely get an immediate rematch with Grasso given how competitive their fight is and their longstanding reign as champion comes into play.
Bo Nickal is making a splash with his UFC debut
You’ll rarely see a fighter make their UFC debut on a main pay-per-view card, let alone an event as big as the event that welcomes a star like Jones back to the Octagon. This is where former college wrestling champion Bo Nickal was at on Saturday night. After two impressive performances in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender series, Nickal brought his talent to the big show and he didn’t disappoint.
After an awkward and perhaps nervous spinning kick attempt in the opening seconds, Nickal’s top-notch grappling skills proved too much for Jamie Pickett. Nickal quickly took Pickett’s back and patiently worked to secure a submission win via arm triangle choke.
Here’s a look at the finish:
Pickett suggested that an illegal punch resulted in Nickal gaining the advantage that led to the submission. This footage would appear to support his claim.
It would be a surprise if the outcome of the fight changes, or if that’s enough to slow Nickal’s hype train. Nickal improved to 4-0 with the win and the competitive figures to get stiffer in his next fight.
Not only were Jones and Grasso the biggest winners on the map, the two newly crowned champions also earned $50,000 in Performance of the Night bonuses for their wins.
Also, Geoff Neal (who lost weight on Friday) and Shavkat Rakhmonov each won $50,000 for Fight of the Night.