Once UFC 285 is over and done, make sure to check back here for the post-fight press conference featuring the new UFC heavyweight champion
At the conference, UFC President Dana White and several fighters who competed on the UFC 285 card will address the media.
The main event of UFC 285 saw Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane battle over the UFC heavyweight title, which was vacated earlier this year following the parting of ways between Francis Ngannou and. the UFC.
Watch the UFC 285: Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane post-fight press conference here
This fight marked the long-awaited debut of Jon Jones at heavyweight, following his near-decade-long dominance at light heavyweight, where he was a two-time champ and reigned as champion for a number of years. However, this was also Jones’s fist fight in three years — he had not fought since his controversial decision win over Domnick Reyes at UFC 247.
Prior to tonight, Gane last fought at UFC Paris, where he knocked out Tai Tuivasa. Gane beat Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 to become interim UFC heavyweight champion but lost his title unification bout with Ngannou at UFC 270 — a fight that ended up being Ngannou’s last in the UFC.
This card also saw Valentina Shevchenko defend the UFC women’s flyweight title against Alexa Grasso in the co-main event. This marked Shevchenko’s eighth attempt at defending the belt, and it’s her first fight since winning a controversial split decision against Talia Santos last year. Grasso, meanwhile, had won four straight since moving to flyweight, most recently defeating Viviane Araújo in October.
The winners of the two title fights are scheduled to be at the press conference, talking about their victories and what is next for them. The losers, if cleared and allowed, may also appear to discuss where they go from here.
Some of the main card’s other participants — including Shavkat Rakhmonov and Bo Nickal — may also appear.
When White addresses the media, he will discuss the events of tonight, as well as any news and rumors surrounding the UFC. He will also hand out post-fight bonuses, naming the UFC 285 Fight of the Night (if any) and performance bonuses.
The next UFC event is UFC Vegas 71, which takes place on March 11 from The Theater at Virgin Hotels (rather than the UFC APEX). The main event will feature former bantamweight champion Petr Yan battling Merab Dvalishvili (a teammate of current champ and Yan rival Aljamain Sterling) in a collision of top 135-pound competitors.
The next UFC pay-per-view is the following week — UFC 286 on March 18 in London, England. Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman will collide in a trilogy match, battling over the UFC welterweight title after Edwards’s shocking comeback KO in August.