Ciryl Gane says he has the utmost respect for the skills and legacy of Jon Jones, but still believes he has his own advantages in their matchup Saturday in the main event of UFC 285. The top-ranked Gane and Jones, the former longtime light heavyweight champion, will battle for the vacant heavyweight crown in a five-round fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main UFC 285 fight card begins at 10 p.m. ET, with the prelims beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Gane told the media this week that although he expects Jones to be the toughest opponent he has faced, he has some edges that shouldn't be overlooked. Those include the fact that he is a natural heavyweight and has fought in the division for his entire career, while Jones will be fighting at heavyweight for the first time. Even so, Jones has repeatedly predicted a dominant performance of his own.
Jones is a -170 favorite (risk $170 to win $100), while Gane comes back at +145 in the latest UFC 285: Jones vs. Gane odds from Caesars Sportsbook. In the co-main event, women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (-600) makes her eighth title defense when she meets Alexa Grasso (+450). Before locking in any UFC 285 picks, make sure you check out the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine analyst Daniel Vithlani.
Vithlani is a highly analytical UFC bettor who profited more than $6,200 for $100 bettors in 2022. This includes a documented 24-14 record on his well-respected, two-leg parlays. Every pick was documented on his public Instagram account.
From breaking down film and following fighters and their camps closely, to tracking sharp action and betting market signals, Vithlani covers the breadth of the MMA betting landscape top to bottom. He also trains amateur boxers and speaks regularly with MMA fighters to understand the sport's nuances.
In his SportsLine debut at UFC 283 in January, Vithlani swept the main card and his 5-0 mark included advising SportsLine members to back Jamahal Hill (-125) over Glover Teixeira (+105) for the vacant light heavyweight title in the main event. Anyone who has followed him has seen massive returns.
Now, with UFC 285: Jones vs. Gane in sight, Vithlani has scoured the fight card top to bottom for value and released his top MMA picks. You can only see who to back at SportsLine.
UFC 285: Jones vs. Gane preview
Jones, who has had his share of trouble outside of the cage, has long been one of the sport's most polarizing figures. But nearly every analyst and ardent MMA observer agrees he belongs on the short list as among the greatest of all time, and he occupies the top spot for the majority of MMA historians. Others in the conversation include former welterweight champion Georges St.-Pierre and former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired with an undefeated record in 2020.
Jones (26-1-1) saw his only professional defeat come by disqualification, though close decisions against Reyes and Thiago Santos in his last two appearances had some observers suggesting he had either lost his edge or the competition had evolved, or some combination.
The 35-year-old New York native announced he was vacating the light heavyweight division to focus on a move to heavyweight with the goal of becoming a two-division champion. He reportedly coveted a fight with former champion Francis Ngannou, but negotiations fell apart because the fighters couldn't come to terms with timing and both were unhappy with the purse offers from the UFC. Ngannou has since left the UFC and is now a free agent.
In his last UFC appearance, Ngannou overcame an early two-round deficit and used his wrestling to earn a decision win over Gane (11-1), handing the French fighter his first professional defeat. Gane responded with a third-round knockout of Tai Tuivasa in September of last year.
Coincidentally, Gane has often been compared to Jones because of his athleticism, versatility and mastery of multiple disciplines. When Jones announced he was ready to return, the UFC immediately matched him against Gane to compete for the vacant title. You can see who Vithlani is backing at SportsLine.
Top UFC 285 picks
We'll share one of Vithlani's UFC 285 selections here: He is siding with Jalin Turner (+175) to pull the upset of Mateusz Gamrot (-210) in a matchup of surging lightweight contenders on the main card.
Turner (13-5) is an explosive athlete and lethal striker who has won five consecutive fights following a 1-2 start to his UFC career. The 27-year-old California native won both of his bouts by stoppage last year and is coming off a second-round submission of Brad Riddell last July that earned him Performance of the Night honors.
Gamrot (21-2) is an accomplished grappler and wrestler who saw his UFC stock rise behind a four-fight winning streak. But the 32-year-old Polish fighter saw his momentum halted with a decision loss to No. 4-ranked Beneil Dariush at UFC 280 in October.
"Turner's power is scary, and it translates to his grappling as well, with three of his last four wins coming by chokeholds. If Gamrot is shooting takedowns and gets sloppy for a moment, he could be in danger. I'll take the underdog shot on Turner," Vithlani told SportsLine. You can see more picks at SportsLine.
How to make UFC 285 picks
Vithlani also has strong picks for Jones vs. Gane and other bouts on the UFC 285 card. He's also backing a fighter who "is an absolute technician" to emerge with a dominant victory. Those picks are only available at SportsLine.
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UFC 285 odds, fight card
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Jon Jones (-170) vs. Ciryl Gane (+145)
Valentina Shevchenko (-600) vs. Alexa Grasso (+450)
Shavkat Rakhmonov (-500) vs. Geoff Neal (+380)
Mateusz Gamrot (-210) vs. Jalin Turner (+175)
Bo Nickal (-1,700) vs. Jamie Pickett (+950)
Dricus Du Plessis (-240) vs. Derek Brunson (+200)
Amanda Ribas (-120) vs. Viviane Araujo (+100)
Marc-Andre Barriault (-145) vs. Julian Marquez (+125)
Cameron Saaiman (-275) vs. Mana Martinez (+225)
Tabatha Ricci (-265) vs. Jessica Penne (+225)
Farid Basharat (-480) vs. Da'Mon Blackshear (+360)
Cody Garbrandt (-165) vs. Trevin Jones (+145)
Ian Garry (-550) vs. Kenan Song (+400)