Jon Jones takes UFC heavyweight belt


Jon Jones employed a guillotine choke to submit Ciryl Gane in the first round of the UFC 285 main event on Saturday night in Las Vegas, claiming the vacant heavyweight title.

Jones becomes the eighth fighter in UFC history to win titles in two divisions.

Also, Alexa Grasso submitted Valentina Shevchenko in the fourth round in a stunning upset to become the new women's flyweight champion.

Jones, who vacated the 205-pound title to move up to heavyweight, submitted Gane at 2.04 of the opening round for his first submission in 11 years.

"I've been working for this for a long time," Jones said afterward. "A lot of people thought I wasn't coming back. I've been faithful to my goal. I've been faithful to the mission. There were days I didn't want to train and I was always there."

Jones had not fought since February 2020.

Grasso submitted Shevchenko at 4.34 of the fourth round with a rear naked choke. Shevchenko had successfully defended her title seven times.

"Please punch me, I feel like I'm dreaming," Grasso said. "I've been dreaming for this moment for so long."

More from Sports

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • Entertainment Extra

    1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Afternoons with Helen Farmer

    2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Every weekday afternoon, Helen Farmer will help you to navigate the highs and lows of life in the UAE. Stay up to date with what’s happening and where to go.


On Dubai Eye

  • Innovations in policing top World Police Summit agenda

    The latest breakthroughs in policing, security and public safety are being discussed and exhibited at the World Police Summit (WPS) - the ultimate gathering of security experts from around the world.

  • Dubai schools set for fee increase

    Private schools in Dubai will be able to hike tuition fees by up to 3 per cent for the 2023-24 academic year, according to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).