Jon Jones and Alexa Grasso claim their spot in the elite at UFC 285
UFC 285 live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will go down as one of the most epic cards in UFC history. Going into Saturday's action the stories wrote themselves, in one corner you had an all time great in Jon Jones making a run at history becoming the new undisputed heavyweight champion. Many fans and experts of the sport consider Jon Jones the greatest fighter of all-time adding the heavyweight title would go a long way to prove that theory correct. On the other hand you have UFC’s longest current and perhaps UFC’s greatest women’s champion Valentina Shevchenko defending her belt against a 15-1 underdog in #6 ranked fighter Alexa Grasso.
In the main event Jones proved why many consider him the GOAT, making short work of #1 contender and former interim champion Ciryl Gane (11-1). Jones defeated Ciryl Gane with a guillotine choke at 2 minutes, 4 seconds of the first round. Jones made the whole thing look easy. He took Gane down, got him in a seated position against the cage and locked in the choke. Jones put on the squeeze and Gane had to tap. Perhaps the most exciting part of the fight was Jones calling out former champion Stipe Miocic for a clash during international fight week.
"Y'all want to see me beat up Stipe?" Jones said in his Octagon interview. "One thing I know about the UFC is we give the fans what they want to see. Stipe Miocic, I hope you're training, my guy. You're the greatest heavyweight of all time. That's what I want -- I want you real bad." Jones (27-1, 1 NC) owns the UFC records for longest unbeaten streak (19), victories in title fights (15) and title defenses (11, tied with Demetrious Johnson).
However, the most exciting moment of the night was seeing underdog Alexa Grasso (16-3) becoming the first mexican born women’s champion. It was a massive upset! Shevchenko as a champion seemed unbeatable. Her incredible flyweight title reign began in 2018 with a decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant title, Shevchenko reached a UFC female record seven title defenses. Grasso brought the fight to the former champion very early in the first round landing a big right cross that rocked Shevchenko. The hard shot most definitely won her the first round. Shevchenko was able to widen the gap, winning the next two rounds convincingly controlling the fight with her wrestling.
Just as it looked as if Shevchenko had completely regained the momentum. Grasso made a key counter to a spinning high kick attempt by the champion that led directly to her demise in Round 4. Grasso ducked and instantly took Shevchenko's back while securing a rear-naked choke as the two fell to the ground. Shevchenko tapped out at 4:34 to crown just the third women's flyweight champion in UFC history since the division debuted in 2017.
"It was the training," Grasso said. "I trained for this and I trained every single day because I knew she had spinning kicks." This is a dream come true, I have dreamed of this moment for so long." The victory was the fifth straight for Grasso since moving up to 125 pounds in 2020. Shevchenko’s win streak was snapped at nine
Shevchenko was humble in defeat "This is kind of what is happening in mixed martial arts. This is how the game goes," Shevchenko said. "Congratulations to Alexa. You do whatever you have to do to win the fight in some situations. This is what happened. This is good for the decision to have more life before I come back and win back my title."