Who is on the UFC 285 undercard? Full list of fights before Jon Jones vs Ciryl Gane

Valentina Shevchenko’s latest flyweight title defence is among a stacked card of 12 fights before Jon Jones faces Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 in Las Vegas on March 4

Unbeaten welterweight Shavkat Rakhmonov and relative newcomers Dricus Du Plessis and Ian Garry are also part of the card, while Farid Basharat and Bo Nickal are set to make their debuts for the promotion.

Three Brazilian female fighters are also involved, while former bantamweight king Cody Garbrandt is a heavy favourite to improve on a bad run in his first outing in almost 15 months.

Who’s on the Jones vs Gane UFC 285 card? What’s on the line and how do their records look? Here’s a preview of the undercard.

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UFC 285 undercard

Valentina Shevchenko vs Alexa Grasso (flyweight)

  • Division/Weight: Flyweight
  • Shevchenko record: 23-3
  • Grasso record: 15-3
  • Belts at stake: UFC flyweight title 

Champion Shevchenko will face Mexican Grasso in the seventh defence of the title she won by unanimous decision against Joanna Jedrzejczyk more than four years ago.

After losing three of her first five fights when she joined the UFC in 2017, Grasso extended her current winning streak to four fights by beating Viviane Araujo on the card she headlined in Las Vegas in October.

“I know her background is boxing and striking, but that doesn’t mean she’s not going to use all the weapons she can use in MMA,” Shevchenko told MMA Junkie, promising to show her all-round prowess against the 29-year-old.

Geoff Neal vs Shavkat Rakhmonov (welterweight)

  • Division/Weight: Welterweight
  • Neal record: 15-4
  • Rakhmonov record: 16-0
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Former M-1 Global champion Rakhmonov, who used to work as a loader at a market and calls it “a dream come true” to represent Kazakhstan in the UFC, is ranked at number ten in the UFC’s welterweight rankings, and has a perfect record from 16 professional MMA fights, including a submission win via guillotine choke over Neal Magny in his most recent fight last June.

Neal’s injury caused this contest to be rescheduled in January. The Texan has title aspirations, earning a knockout win over Vicente Luque in the third round at UFC Vegas 59 to take his record to seven wins from nine fights for the promotion.

Mateusz Gamrot vs Jalin Turner (lightweight)

  • Division/Weight: Lightweight
  • Gamrot record: 21-2, one no-contest
  • Turner record: 13-5
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Known as ‘Tarantula’, Los Angeles’ Turner has conceded that taking this fight at short notice against noted wrestler and former Polish and European MMA champion Gamrot – Dan Hooker withdrew with a hand injury – may not prove a wise move.

Gamrot’s defeat by decision over three rounds against Beneil Dariush in October was only his second in 24 professional fights. Turner, though, has reason to be confident to the point of possible recklessness, having won his last five bouts.

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Bo Nickal vs. Jamie Pickett (middleweight)

  • Division/Weight: Middleweight
  • Nickal record: 3-0
  • Pickett record: 13-8
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Three-time NCAA wrestling champion Nickal makes his UFC debut after starting his professional MMA career with three first-round finishes, requiring 33, 62 and 52 seconds to end those contests.

Pickett is a former Next Level Fight Club 3 champion who has been a professional since 2011 and has campaigned at light heavyweight. ‘The Nightwolf’ has lost four of his most recent six fights, including both of his last two.

Cody Garbrandt vs. Trevin Jones (bantamweight)

  • Division/Weight: Bantamweight
  • Garbrandt record: 12-5
  • Jones record: 13-9, one no-contest
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

After a winning start to his UFC career, Jones is looking to end a run of three defeats by stepping in to face former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt at short notice following Julio Arce’s withdrawal through injury.

Garbrandt also needs a win: since capturing the title by beating Dominick Cruz in December 2016, ‘No Love’ has lost five out of six contests and has been knocked out four times along the way, including successive defeats to T.J. Dillashaw to start the slump.

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Derek Brunson vs Dricus Du Plessis (middleweight)

  • Division/Weight: Middleweight
  • Brunson record: 23-8
  • Du Plessis record: 18-2
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Veteran Brunson, who has a degree in criminal justice, has been out of action since February 2022, when he was knocked out by Jared Cannonier at UFC 271 to end a run of five wins, including victories against Darren Till and Kevin Holland.

South African Du Plessis is a former EFC middleweight and welterweight champion, also taking the title in the latter division for KSW. ‘Stillknocks’ extended his winning run to six fights and his perfect UFC career to four victories by beating Till at UFC 282 in December 2022.

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Viviane Araujo vs Amanda Ribas (flyweight)

  • Division/Weight: Flyweight
  • Araujo record: 11-4
  • Ribas record: 11-3
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

An all-Brazilian bout between two women who need to win if they are to revive their hopes of challenging for a title, this is also a curious test of how both fighters fare in a weight class they are far from proven in.

Araujo had much of her early success at strawweight and, for one win, at bantamweight but has lost two of her last three at flyweight, most recently against Grasso in October 2022. Ribas has also spent most of her career at strawweight, competing for the second time at flyweight when she lost a split decision to Katlyn Chookagian in a fight of the night in May 2022.

Julian Marquez vs Marc-Andre Barriault (middleweight)

  • Division/Weight: Middleweight
  • Marquez record: 9-3
  • Barriault record: 14-6, one no-contest
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Kansas City’s Marquez – nicknamed ‘The Cuban Missile Crisis’ – has had two fight of the night wins against Darren Stewart and Sam Alvey alongside a performance of the night award for his victory over Maki Pitolo, although his first-round knockout defeat to Gregory Rodrigues in his most recent contest was his second loss in five appearances for the promotion.

Barriault, who is also known for his striking, is the favourite but coming off a loss to Anthony Hernandez in Las Vegas in September 2022. The former TKO champion has won three of his nine UFC fights.

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Ian Garry vs Song Kenan (welterweight)

  • Division/Weight: Welterweight
  • Garry record: 10-0
  • Kenan record: 18-6
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Inspired by Conor McGregor, Irishman Garry dropped out of college against his parents’ advice and became Cage Warriors champion in the UK, going on to make his UFC debut at Madison Square Garden as a 23-year-old.

Garry believes his all-round game is “untouchable” and will now be tested by ‘The Assassin’, a Chinese fighter whose most recent performance, when he was knocked out in the first round against Max Griffin in March 2021, gives him a record of four wins from six in the UFC and 18 from 24 as a professional.

Mana Martinez vs. Cameron Saaiman (bantamweight)

  • Division/Weight: Bantamweight
  • Martinez record: 10-3
  • Saaiman record: 7-0
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Former Fury bantamweight champion Martinez has gone the distance in each of his three fights since joining the UFC, winning twice to take his overall record to nine victories from his last 11 and four from his last five.

Saaiman is a 22-year-old countryman and huge admirer of Du Plessis with a perfect seven-fight record in professional MMA, most recently beating Steven Koslow on his UFC debut in December 2022.

Jessica Penne vs Tabatha Ricci (strawweight)

  • Division/Weight: Strawweight
  • Penne record: 14-6
  • Ricci record: 7-1
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

The first atomweight champion for Invicta FC, 40-year-old Penne lost to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in three rounds when she challenged the revered strawweight for her title on her UFC debut in June 2015 and has since won two of her five bouts.

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Brazilian Ricci was inactive between 2014 and 2020 but the two-time world Jiu-Jitsu champion has won five out of six fights since then, including successive triumphs since moving to the UFC’s strawweight division, the last of which came against Polyana ‘Iron Lady’ Viana by decision in May 2022.

Da’Mon Blackshear vs Farid Basharat (bantamweight)

  • Division/Weight: Bantamweight
  • Blackshear record: 12-4-1
  • Basharat record: 9-0
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Known as ‘Da Monster’ because “I’m a beast in the cage,” American Blackshear had been on a four-fight winning streak before the 28-year-old drew with Youssef Zalal on his UFC debut in August 2022.

His opponent makes his UFC bow with a nine-fight perfect record in the professional ranks, on the back of an unblemished four-bout amateur career. Basharat says he is intent on making his homeland of Afghanistan proud, and his brother, Javid, is also a UFC fighter.


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