Jon Jones to Face Ciryl Gane in UFC Return

As Francis Ngannou leaves the promotion.

Sports
3,397 Hypes 4 Comments

After stepping away from competition for three years, UFC great Jon Jones is now set to make his return to the Octagon this March, facing off against Ciryl Gane at heavyweight for UFC 285.

Jones’ last fight was a close decision victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in which he defended his light heavyweight belt. After his requests for more pay were denied by the promotion, Jones chose to step away from the sport, vacating his title. A move to heavyweight has long been a desire for Jones, and after rumors of a return against opponents such as Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic, he’s now set to make his highly-anticipated debut against French interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane who comes off a knockout victory over Tai Tuivasa.

To the disappointment of fans, the news coincides with the departure of Ngannou from the UFC, dispelling chances of a superfight between him and Jones. After two years of negotiations, White commented that Ngannou declined a deal that would have made him the highest-paid heavyweight of all time. However, fans may see a bout between Jones and Stipe Miocic soon with the two-time UFC heavyweight champ calling for the winner in March.

In other news, Dana White introduces the rules of Power Slap.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Tyson Fury Defeats ex-UFC Fighter Francis Ngannou in Controversial Split Decision
Sports

Tyson Fury Defeats ex-UFC Fighter Francis Ngannou in Controversial Split Decision

Tommy Fury also defeated KSI in controversial fashion.

Leon Edwards Serves Colby Covington Technical Defeat at UFC 296
Sports

Leon Edwards Serves Colby Covington Technical Defeat at UFC 296

Fans disappointed after Paddy Pimblett defeats Tony Ferguson by Unanimous Decision.

Kim Jones' Latest "Friend of Fendi" Collaboration Confirmed To Be With Stefano Pilati
Fashion

Kim Jones' Latest "Friend of Fendi" Collaboration Confirmed To Be With Stefano Pilati

The men’s and women’s collection drops at the end of October.


UPDATE: Dior Confirms Date of Kim Jones' Men's Pre-Fall 2024 Collection Show in Hong Kong
Fashion

UPDATE: Dior Confirms Date of Kim Jones' Men's Pre-Fall 2024 Collection Show in Hong Kong

Taking place in Q1 2024.

Nike Air Max Scorpion Surfaces in "White Mint"
Footwear

Nike Air Max Scorpion Surfaces in "White Mint"

Its cleanest colorway yet.

Here's a Detailed Look at the CLOT x Nike Cortez
Footwear

Here's a Detailed Look at the CLOT x Nike Cortez

Arriving a 3-in-1 kung fu-inspired design.

NBA YoungBoy Earns His 13th Top 10 Effort With 'I Rest My Case'
Music

NBA YoungBoy Earns His 13th Top 10 Effort With 'I Rest My Case'

While SZA logs her fifth consecutive week at No. 1.

Roe Ethridge Unveils ‘American Polychronic’ at Gagosian New York
Art

Roe Ethridge Unveils ‘American Polychronic’ at Gagosian New York

“Photography is like jujitsu.”

Sillage Upcycles for a Unique Artisanal Collection
Fashion

Sillage Upcycles for a Unique Artisanal Collection

Each garment is hand-made by artisans in Tokyo and Okayama.


Beat the Rain in the Merrell Moab Speed GORE-TEX
Footwear

Beat the Rain in the Merrell Moab Speed GORE-TEX

Available in a low-cut and mid option.

Welcome to Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY FW23's World of Workers, Posers and Snakes
Fashion 

Welcome to Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY FW23's World of Workers, Posers and Snakes

The Scottish designer delivers his Milan Fashion Week debut with an ode to John Byrne’s ‘The Slab Boys.’

JW Anderson Says "We Shouldn't Be Scared of Subversion" for FW23
Fashion 

JW Anderson Says "We Shouldn't Be Scared of Subversion" for FW23

Debuting Wellipets clogs, a frog clutch, pillow T-shirts, straight jacket coats, bag boots and more at Milan Fashion Week.

Woolrich Presents 2023 "Guide to Winter"
Fashion

Woolrich Presents 2023 "Guide to Winter"

A versatile range that can be worn in mild conditions and extreme weather.

Marco De Vincenzo's Etro FW23 Collection Is a Romantic '70s Vision
Fashion

Marco De Vincenzo's Etro FW23 Collection Is a Romantic '70s Vision

The new Creative Director “studies every day,” and his reading has proven to revive the House.

More ▾
 
We got you covered. Don’t miss out on the latest news by signing up for our newsletters.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.