The Big Fight Now: After more than three years away from the octagon, Jon Jones finally returned to the UFC when he fought Cyril Gaines for the vacant UFC heavyweight title.
Jones is a key player in the light heavyweight division with a 26-1 winning record, although he has a controversial reputation due to three drug bans throughout his rollercoaster career.
While there is some doubt as to whether Jones will be able to compete at the top after a three-year absence, ‘Bones’ is still a threat to anyone inside the Octagon and could add to the extra weight he’ll pack for this contest. Its striking power is destructive power.
Francis Ngannou was stripped of his title by the UFC due to a contract dispute and will get another shot at the Gain belt after being defeated by Ngannou last year.
The move to the heavyweight division has been a long time coming for Jones who has been teasing the move since vacating the UFC light heavyweight title in May 2020.
Jones vs. Gain? Date, start time
Date: Saturday, March 4
Main Card: 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. GMT
Main Event Cage Walk (approx): 1 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. GMT
The main card is set to kick off at 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. GMT with the main event cagewalk at 1 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. Scheduled for GMT These times may vary due to the length of the bout on the undercard.
Jones vs. Gain Live fight card
John Jones v. Cyril Gain; For the vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso; Shevchenko for the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship
Geoff Neill vs. Shavkat Rakhmanov; Welterweight
Mateus Gamrot vs. Jalin Turner; Lightweight
Bo Nickal vs. Jamie Pickett; Middleweight