The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back with its 285th edition entitled: ‘Jones vs Gane’. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 7th, with a jam-packed card of fourteen bouts, featuring fighters from all over the world. The main event of the evening will see Derrick Lewis and Cyril Gane go head-to-head for the interim UFC heavyweight championship, which was vacated by former champion Francis Ngannou who is currently recovering from an injury.
The co-main event for UFC 285 features the much-awaited fight between former light-heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, and the undefeated, emerging heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou. The two fighters were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 260, but Jones’ demands for a higher pay-check led to the bout’s cancellation. Cyril Gane was later named as a substitute for the fight. This time, however, fans across the world are finally set to witness the long-overdue matchup between Jones and Ngannou.
For fans in the United Kingdom (UK), the event is set to take place in the early hours of Sunday, August 8th. The preliminary card is expected to commence at 11:00 PM BST, while the main card is set to start at 3:00 AM BST. With the five main card fights, it is unlikely that fights on the undercard will be broadcasted. Fans in the UK can tune in to watch the event live on BT Sport, with the broadcasts beginning at 1:00 AM BST. The event will also be available to watch on the BT Sport app for mobile devices, as well as on the BT Sport website.
In the United States (US), the event will be broadcasted on ESPN+ pay-per-view. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for $6/month and purchase the UFC 285 pay-per-view for $69.99. The preliminary card is set to begin at 6:00 PM ET, while the main card is set to start at 10:00 PM ET. Fans who do not wish to subscribe to ESPN+ can watch the preliminary card on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. UFC 285 will also be available to watch on UFC Fight Pass, which offers a 7-day free trial to new subscribers.
As for the main event, Derrick Lewis vs. Cyril Gane is expected to be an exciting fight for UFC fans across the world. With a record of 25 wins and only 7 losses, Lewis is a veteran in the sport, having defeated some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division. Lewis is known for his knockout power, with 19 of his 25 wins coming by way of knockout. However, Gane has been unbeaten in his MMA career, with 9 wins and 0 losses. Gane is known for his technical striking and impressive footwork, which has won him fans across the globe.
Meanwhile, the co-main event between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou has been highly anticipated for several months now. Jones is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time, having won 26 of his 28 fights, with one no-contest. Jones’ last fight was in February 2020 when he defeated Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision. Ngannou, on the other hand, has a record of 16 wins and 3 losses. Ngannou is known for his devastating knockout power, with 12 of his 16 wins coming by way of knockout. Ngannou comes into the fight on the back of four consecutive wins, all by knockout.
In conclusion, UFC 285 is set to be a thrilling event for MMA fans around the world. With a stacked card featuring fighters from across the globe, fans can expect a night full of thrilling fights and exciting matchups. For fans in the UK, the event will take place early on Sunday, August 8th, live on BT Sport. Fans in the US can watch the event live on ESPN+ pay-per-view or on UFC Fight Pass. UFC 285 is headlined by the highly anticipated match between Derrick Lewis and Cyril Gane, while the co-main event between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou promises to be another highly entertaining fight.