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Jon Jones to headline UFC 285 heavyweight title fight

LAS VEGAS – UFC 285 got a big boost on Saturday when UFC president Dana White announced that Jon Jones would fight for the heavyweight title on March 4 against Cyril Gein at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Jones (26-1) will appear for the first time since February 2020 when he defeated Dominick Reyes to defend his light heavyweight title. He then vacated the title in hopes of a shot at the heavyweight belt.

White said he offered former heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou the richest heavyweight deal in UFC history to fight Jones, but he turned it down. So White turned to Ghana (11-1).

“Many people, myself included, consider (Jones) the best fighter of all time,” White said. Jon Jones was ready, willing and able to fight anyone. He didn’t care who it was.”

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