Jon Jones insists he feels ‘strong’ as he shows off his transformed physique at heavyweight and weighs in at 248lbs ahead of his long-awaited return to the octagon against Ciryl Gane at UFC 285… with his rival tipping the scales at 247.5lbs
- MMA icon Jon Jones said he felt ‘strong’ at heavyweight as he tipped the scales
- Jones weighed in at 248lbs as he showed off his new physique at the weigh-in
- His opponent Ciryl Gane weighed in at 247.5lbs ahead of Saturday’s showdown
MMA legend Jon Jones showed off his new heavyweight figure ahead of his showdown with Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 as he prepares for his long-awaited return to the Octagon on Saturday night.
‘Bones’ said he felt ‘strong’ as he tipped the scales at 248lbs at the weigh-in for the event – and is ready to make a statement against the Frenchman in Las Vegas.
The 35-year-old dominated the light-heavyweight division before opting to vacate his belts in 2020 ahead of his jump up to heavyweight. He last fought in February 2020 against Dominick Reyes, winning by unanimous decision at UFC 247.
Now Jones has given fans a glimpse of the reborn version of himself at the higher weight class – and admits he is proud of his heavier figure is confident he has the strength to cause problems for Gane.
‘I love what I saw [of his figure],’ he said after the weigh-in. Heavyweight is new for me but I think I look strong and I am strong.’
Jon Jones was full of confidence as he as he showed off his new heavyweight figure on Friday
‘Bones’ said he felt ‘strong’ ahead of making his long-awaited return against Ciryl Gane
Gane weighed in at 247.5lbs and vowed to ‘surprise’ his rival with footwork and ground game
Jones and Gane had an intense face-off this week and ‘Bones’ said he was confident having looked into his opponent’s eyes – and is now excited for his big moment ahead of his comeback.
‘[The press conference] felt extraordinary, I didn’t know what to expect. The reception was mind-blowing. I had to take deep breaths and humble myself. I felt bad for Gane, they wouldn’t let the guy speak!
‘I wanted to look him right in the eyes and see what he was made of. I’m glad I did. At this point there’s not much he can do to change his tendancies. What he does wrong what he does right are glaring.
‘I am going to have a big old smile on my face tomorrow, embracing the moment. I know a lot of people are watching, I’m going to embrace my destiny and soak it all in.’
Jones and Gane had a tense face off this week – and the former believes he’s seen what the Frenchman is made of after looking into his eyes
Gane, meanwhile, weighed in at 247.5lbs – and the Frenchman said he was hoping to ‘surprise’ Jones with his quick footwork and ground game.
‘For me it’s always the same mindset – respect for anybody,’ Gane said.
‘He disrespected me a bit but I’m okay with it. It’s hard to get under my skin – maybe because I started this sport late.
‘My footwork will surprise him, I manage my distance very well and I have a good jab. So we’ll see. A lot of people talk about my ground game against [Francis] Ngannou – I’m confident in my game. I can do a beautiful thing on the ground.
[On Jones’ kicking ability] ‘He has a good kick but I think I do too. Even if my legs aren’t long this means nothing for me. I’m ready for this war.’