At last, we approach the final countdown for the most hyped-up fight card of the year! UFC 285 promises to be one for the ages and fans cannot contain their excitement.
The main event of the night will be a heavyweight title showdown between Jon Jones and former interim champ, Ciryl Gane. Making his first appearance in 3 years, Jones will be making his heavyweight debut. Moreover, Jones and Gane, the #1 ranked contender, will be fighting for Francis Ngannou‘s vacant title, following his departure from the UFC.
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Additionally, we have another banger in the co-main event. Valentina Shevchenko takes on the #4 ranked UFC women’s flyweight contender Alexa Grasso, as she makes yet another title defense. For the rest of the main card, we will see Geoff Neal taking on Shavkat Rakhmonov, Mateusz Gamrot vs Jalin Turner, and Bo Nickal making his return against Jamie Pickett.
Also on the card is Derek Brunson taking on Dricus Du Plessis. Fans will also be treated to the return of Cody Garbrandt returning to bantamweight to take on Trevin Jones. Previously, Cody was scheduled to take on Julio Arce, who has since been replaced due to injury.
Similarly, Mateusz Gamrot steps in on short notice to replace an injured Dan Hooker. According to rumors, Amanda Nunes was meant to take on Irene Aldana, but the fight has now been shifted to a future event.
Notably, with an event as big as this one, there are bound to be events for fans to attend. As such, fans lucky enough to be in Las Vegas can check these following events out!
UFC 285 Press Conference
Unlike a few previous events, UFC 285 will have a full-fledged press conference. Moreover, UFC President Dana White along with all the fighters on the main card are expected to be in attendance. This event will be free and open to the public with doors opening at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT.
For fans at home, they can tune into the event on UFC.com, YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Instagram, and TikTok.
Who: Jon Jones, Ciryl Gane, Valentina Shevchenko, Alexa Grasso, Geoff Neal, Shavkat Rakhmonov, Mateusz Gamrot, Jalin Turner, Bo Nickal, and Jamie Pickett.
When: Thursday, March 2 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT
Where: KA Theater
With Jon Jones already getting a few jabs in before the fight, we expect the press conference to be a lively one.
UFC 285 Weigh-In Show and Ceremonial Weigh-Ins
The official weigh-ins for the UFC 285: Jones vs Ngannou event will take place on Friday, March 3, at 11:50 AM ET/8:50 AM PT. The event will be closed to the public but can be viewed live on UFC.com, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch. All the fighters for UFC 285 will be present.
Similarly, the Ceremonial Weigh-Ins will take place later on in the day at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. This event will be free and open to the public and fans at home can tune in via UFC.com, YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Instagram, and TikTok.
30 Years Heavyweight Q&A
Who: Daniel Cormier, Stipe Miocic, Frank Mir and Curtis Blaydes.
When: Friday, March 3 at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Watch: LIVE on YouTube
This event will also be free and open to the public.
Howler Head Athlete Appearances
Last but not least we have Athlete Appearances.
Who: Jiří Procházka
Where: Liquor World, 195 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV, 89109
When: Friday, March 3, 12-1:30 PM
Who: Curtis Blaydes
Where: SPORTSBOOK AT PARK MGM, 3770 S Las Vegas BLVD, Las Vegas, NV, 89109
When: Friday, March 3, 6-7:30 PM
Vegas fans, we have QUITE the lineup of events leading up to the action on Saturday 👀
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Note: All attendants must be 18+ and carry a valid ID.
That is all for the fight week event ahead of fight night itself. Which event are you most excited about? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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