Jon Jones DESTROYS Ciryl Gane with incredible ease at UFC 285

Jon Jones DESTROYS Ciryl Gane with incredible ease to claim vacant heavyweight title and cement his status as GOAT, as American forces tap with guillotine choke in first round of UFC 285 main event

  • Jon Jones is now UFC heavyweight champion after brushing aside Ciryl Gane in Las Vegas on Saturday
  • American landed early takedown, bunched Gane up on the cage and locked in a guillotine choke 
  • Afterwards he called for a fight against Stipe Miocic later this year, in what would be massive clash  

Jon Jones underlined his status as the greatest MMA fighter in history by slicing through Ciryl Gane like a hot knife through butter at UFC 285. 

The controversial American had not fought for more than three years since vacating his title at light-heavyweight to bulk up and have a crack at the division above. 

But there were no signs of rust as he secured the first takedown he attempted, dragging Gane to the ground and making the Frenchman – who has had an immensely impressive young career – look amateurish.

There were so many questions surrounding Jones and real uncertainty about the kind of shape he’d show up in. 

His final handful of performances at light-heavyweight were lacklustre by his own high standards and some believed him to be on a downward trajectory. 

Jon Jones solidified his status as the greatest MMA fighter in history by beating Ciryl Gane to become heavyweight champion

It was a far more one-sided victory than expected but showed the freakish class of the man who has never been beaten

Gane was taken down at the very first attempt by Jones in the main event of UFC 285 in Las Vegas 

Jones locked his arms under the chin of Gane, who tapped quickly in only the first round of the fight 

Three years of pay rows, false dawns and delays eventually culminated in him arriving back for an immediate shot at the heavyweight title, which was vacated by Francis Ngannou when he failed to agree terms on a new deal with the UFC.   

It was an ignominious start, with Jones stopped from entering the octagon by an eagle-eyed official, who was unhappy with the way his toes were taped. 

After they had sliced the tape between two of them, Jones was allowed to go on but the start of the fight itself was less than ideal as well. 

In the first real exchange, Gane landed a kick to the groin, causing a temporary delay before ‘Bones’ shook it off and carried on. 

Perhaps Gane had unwisely riled Jones up and from there, Jones landed a couple of leg kicks before attempting his first takedown. Gane put up little resistance and crawled his way towards what he felt was the sanctuary of the fence. 

But Jones bunched up his man and wrapped his long arms around the neck in a guillotine. At first it was unclear why Gane had tapped so quickly but it then became apparent that the submission was in deep and he had no way out. 

He had seemed calm and assured all week, insisting the fight was a massive mismatch and even calling Gane the most incomplete UFC heavyweight in the top five. 

But Jones will expect more of a challenge later this year. He called out Stipe Miocic, who was in attendance at the packed T-Mobile Arena to watch. 

Jones bunched his opponent up on the fence and the younger man had nowhere to go, unable to fight the submission

Jones jumped on top of the cage and roared in celebration along with his many thousands of supporters 

Jones took a few seconds to recover from a kick to the groin in the first few seconds of the first round 

Referee Marc Goddard lifted Jones arm in the air as he was declared the new UFC heavyweight champion 

Gane looked almost in a daze as he was led away from the octagon back to his dressing room afterwards

‘Ohh yeah baby, you all want to see me beat up Stipe? One thing I know about the UFC is that we give the fans what they want to see,’ he told Joe Rogan. 

‘Stipe, I hope you’ve been training my guy, you’re the greatest heavyweight of all time and that’s what I want, I want you real bad.’ 

He added: ‘I’m so excited, I’ve been working on this for a long time. A lot of people thought I wouldn’t come back, I read that all the time. I’ve been faithful to the goal and the mission. 

‘I had the strong conviction that if I was to get him down to the ground, the fight would be in my area.’ 

Perhaps Gane is simply too green for this level of grappling and Miocic will offer far stiffer resistance, if that bout is made for July as expected. Or it could simply be that Jones is on another level. 

He is only 35, the age many heavyweights enter their prime and this could be a reign that lasts some time, just as it did at light-heavyweight. 

In the co-main event, Alexa Grasso stunned long-time women’s strawweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.

Grasso became the first woman from Mexico to win the belt, submitting the Kyrgystani with a rear-naked choke, leaping on her back in a split second after a spinning kick attempt. 

Shevchenko called for an immediate rematch, which she is likely to be granted given her remarkable run as champion.  

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