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After years of speak and almost a decade of hypothesis, Jon Jones’ heavyweight debut is lastly set. Jones will face former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight championship in the principle occasion of UFC 285 on March 4 at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White confirmed the combat after images of an commercial for the combat on digital billboards outdoors of T-Cell Enviornment started circulating on Twitter.

In a corresponding transfer, Francis Ngannou has been eliminated as heavyweight champion and launched from his contract. Ngannou is now a free agent and free to signal with any group he desires, White stated on Saturday.

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Jones has not fought since Feb. 8, 2020. In his most up-to-date outing, Jones received a controversial resolution over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. The win over Reyes was Jones’ second consecutive controversial resolution victory, following a cut up resolution win over Thiago Santos. It was additionally the third profitable title protection of Jones’ second stint as UFC mild heavyweight champion.

Jones solely has misplaced as soon as in his profession, a disqualification to Matt Hamill in simply his tenth professional combat. Each different blemish on Jones’ profession has been self inflicted. From a no-contest in opposition to Daniel Cormier because of a failed drug take a look at, which additionally resulted in Jones being stripped of the title in 2017, to different failed drug checks and authorized bother outdoors of the cage.

Jones has lengthy talked about transferring as much as heavyweight and vacated his mild heavyweight title after the win over Reyes in preparation of transferring up however for almost three years, no combat materialized.

Gane shortly emerged as one of many UFC’s elite heavyweights, debuting within the promotion in simply his fourth skilled combat. After rattling off seven straight wins within the Octagon and successful the interim title, Gane acquired a shot at Francis Ngannou for the complete world championship.

Ngannou, coping with a knee damage on the time, struggled early earlier than surprisingly utilizing his wrestling to repeatedly take Gane down and grind out a call to retain the title.

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