Jon Jones is using some MMA Math to convince himself that Ciryl Gane has no chance of winning at UFC 285, which takes place this weekend (Sat., March 4, 2023) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jones and Gane collide the pay-per-view (PPV) main event for UFC’s vacant Heavyweight championship. During a media day appearance, “Bones” explained the reason(s) he thinks he’ll beat “Bon Gamin” handily if Gane is the same fighter who showed up against Francis Ngannou.
“I feel like Ciryl is the most incomplete fighter in the top five right now,” Jones declared. “He has really good striking, and he has really good footwork. But I’ve watched his fights. He got tired against Francis Ngannou. All that fancy footwork, him supposedly being the fastest heavyweight we’ve ever seen? All of that went away. One or two takedowns, making him earn getting back up to his feet? That tired him out big time.”
Ngannou and Gane fought at UFC 270 back in Jan. 2022 (watch highlights). Gane took an early lead, winning the first two rounds with superior movement and striking prowess. In the third round, Ngannou stopped trying to hit Gane on the feet and turned to his wrestling, grinding out the last three rounds for a decision win.
“I’m a wrestler, and it’s a different type of endurance,” Jones continued. “A lot of people don’t like having someone on top of them and having to earn their way back up to their feet. I watched Francis Ngannou in that last fight. Francis, he could barely move his feet, he could barely left his legs, he was moving so slowly. And Gane didn’t destroy Francis, you know what I mean?
“Francis wins his fights by first-round knockouts, second round knockouts,” Jones continued. “Francis out-worked Ciryl Gane. Ciryl Gane’s coach said it best: Ciryl is talented, Francis is a hard worker. Since when has Francis become a guy that outworks others? His gift is knockout power. [Ciryl] got out-worked by Francis, that tells me a lot.”
4/5 TDs conceded vs Francis Ngannou— Alexander Volkara France (@ThisIsntVolk145) February 28, 2023
R3: 4:06*, 2:21, 0:36*
Gane faces the only opponent who actively looked to take him down and control him. In R3, the first attempt is successful and Ngannou controls Gane. pic.twitter.com/3fzKz0PTRm
While Jones underscored the fact that he still respects Gane as an opponent, he is definitely coming into Las Vegas with a lot of confidence.
“I watch that fight every night and I just see Francis exhausted laying on top of Ciryl Gane, not even trying to hurt him,” Jones finished. “Just satisfied being on top. And I saw no offense from the ground. I just don’t see myself losing to a guy like Ciryl Gane. Not getting outworked by Francis. I just can’t imagine him outworking me when he couldn’t outwork Francis.”
In addition to the Jones vs. Gane headliner, UFC 285 features a women’s Flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso. Also on the card: Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Geoff Neal, and the UFC debut of Bo Nickal.
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