Reporter Seo Jang-won = Jon Jones (35, USA), who is called the greatest fighter in history, returns to the Octagon after 3 years.
Jones will face Cyril Gan (32, France) for the vacant heavyweight title at the ‘UFC 285: Jones VS Gan’ held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on the 5th (Korean time).
The record speaks for Jones’ stellar career. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jones holds the records for being the youngest UFC champion (23 years, 8 months), the most title fight victories (14), and the most undefeated (17 wins, 1 null). In fact, he is undefeated for 15 years since his debut. Except for a foul loss against Matt Hamill due to a vertical elbow attack in 2009, he has not lost a game since his debut.
Many, including UFC President Dana White, consider Jones the greatest fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA) history.
Jones has been in the light heavyweight division, one weight division down, throughout his career. That’s why there are also questions about Jones’ prowess at heavyweight. This is because the limit weight difference between the two weight classes is about 27.2 kg.
At UFC 285 Media Day held on the 2nd, Jones responded to this gaze, saying, “(In the heavyweight division) I am in really good condition. I move really well and I am confident in my durability. I feel stronger.”
His opponent is former UFC heavyweight interim champion Gan. Although Gan lost a unified heavyweight title fight to Ngannou in January of last year, Gan showed off his dragon and tiger skills. 스포츠토토
Jones discovered Gan’s wrestling weakness in that match. Jones said, “Gahn is the least complete fighter in the top 5. His hitting and footwork are really good. He’s been called the fastest heavyweight ever, but once he allowed a takedown or two against Nganoo, his footwork and speed were missing.” devalued
He went on to say, “I don’t think Gan can stand up to an opponent like me. There’s no way that a player who was pushed back by stamina by anyone else can beat me with stamina. I don’t see him like that.”
Gan, on the other hand, held Jones in high regard. “I expect Jones to come out in great shape. He’ll be fast, technically good, like he was at light heavyweight, but strong at heavyweight,” he predicted.
“Whoever my opponent is, I want the championship belt. But this victory means a lot because Jones is the greatest player in history. Everyone sees Jones’ career and thinks that way. If I win, it means a lot to both my career and life. There will be,” he said, reaffirming his determination.
Meanwhile, in the co-main event of the tournament, Valentina Shevchenko (34, Kyrgyzstan) will defend her 8th female flyweight match against Alexa Grasso (29, Mexico), who is ranked 6th.
Shevchenko, who is on a nine-fight win streak after turning to flyweight, is aiming for a third fight with bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes (34, Brazil). Shevchenko recorded two losses to Nunes, but she was close in both matches.
If she can even surpass Grasso this time around, Shevchenko will have a chance to fight with Nunes once again who is the greatest female fighter of all time.