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UFC 285: Main Card Odds and Preview, Prelims Lineup

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UFC 285: Main Card Odds and Preview, Prelims Lineup

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The UFC heads to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for UFC 285 this Saturday. A packed card features two championship bouts and UFC betting sites are abuzz. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko defends her Women’s Flyweight title against Alexa Grasso. Jon Jones makes his UFC comeback in the main event. Stepping up to heavyweight in his first fight in over three years, he seeks to claim more UFC gold when he takes on Ciryl Gane for the vacant Heavyweight title. 

Check out our UFC 285 preview below, where we’ve also got the best odds from sports betting sites and even the best betting welcome offers available where you are. 

UFC 285 Main Card Odds & Preview (starts at 22:00 ET)

Jon Jones (26-1-0) v Ciryl Gane (11-1-0)

There’s enough to talk about in this fight for it to take up the entire preview. Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, seen by many as the greatest UFC fighter of all time, returns to the octagon for the first time since February 2020. His presence on the card alone would be enough to sell pay-per-views, but with his return being in a new weight division after a supposed body transformation, in a title fight no less, anticipation is incredibly high. 

His opponent on Saturday is France’s Ciryl Gane. Gane is a former interim heavyweight champion and is not going to be an easy comeback for Jones. He warmed up for this fight with an impressive victory over Tai Tuivasa in September and will be looking to spoil the party this weekend. 

Jones is known for his unorthodox striking, which is sure to pose some serious problems for Game, who has lost just once in his MMA career. It’s hard to know how hard Jones’ striking will be at the higher weight, and considering seven of his last eight wins were by decision, that looks like the play here at around +200 on UFC betting apps. 

Valentina Shevchenko v Alexa Grasso (15-3-0)

What can you say about Valentina Shevchenko that hasn’t already been said? She has been operating at a level rarely seen in combat sport. Since winning the women’s flyweight championship at UFC 231 in 2018, she has successfully defended it seven times, winning four of those by KO or TKO. 

Alexa Grasso has been impressive since her switch to flyweight, going 4-0-0, but those have been against an entirely different calibre of opponent. With just two PPV appearances on her resume, it’s quite likely the occasion and her opponent overwhelm her. 

Shevchenko winning inside the distance is odds on with USA sports betting sites, but it would be a big surprise if that’s not how this one goes.

Geoff Neal (15-4-0) v Shavkat Rakhmonov (16-0-0)

This welterweight bout is unlikey to last the full 15 minutes. Rakhmonov is 4-0-0 in the UFC and has won all four of those fights inside the distance. Neal’s only UFC fight in the last 14 months was a KO victory over Vicente Luque in August, which also earned him a Performance of the Night bonus. 

Don’t expect this one to go the distance and do expect Rakhmonov to extend his unbeaten record. 

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Mateusz Gamrot (21-2-0) v Jalin Turner (13-5-0)

An intriguing contest here, as Poland’s Mateusz Gamrot steps in to replace Dan Hooker in a bout with Jalin Turner. Turner has won five in a row, all by stoppage, and he’ll be looking to keep his impressive run going. 

Gamrot comes into this one on the back of a decision loss at UFC 280. Interestingly, though, he has won all four of his UFC fights that have taken place in Vegas. 

This has the makings of being a wild fight. Despite being the underdog with most betting apps, Turner might just be able to keep his momentum rolling as he looks to move up the lightweight rankings. 

Bo Nickal (3-0-0) v Jamie Pickett (13-8-0)

It’s time for the Bo Nickal hype train to kick into overdrive. The former college wrestling standout hasn’t made his UFC debut yet, but he has been calling for a high-profile showdown with Khamzat Chimaev. 

This is expected to be the first step on the road to UFC glory for Nickal. He’s -20000 to win and -7000 to win inside the distance with sportsbooks. If that’s your kind of bet, then more power to you. For us, this is a fight to watch and enjoy. 

UFC 285 Prelims and Early Prelims

UFC 285 Prelims feature four fights, including an exciting middleweight bout pitting #5 ranked Derek Brunson against up-and-coming South African Dricus Du Plessis. 

Earlier in the night, five early prelims are due to start at 17:30 ET. The early prelims are headlined by undefeated Irishman Ian Machado Garry, who’ll look to bring his record to 11-0-0. 

You’ll find the early prelims, prelims and of course the main card for UFC 285 at top sports betting sites. 

About the Author

Adam has worked in online betting for pretty much his entire adult life. Having spent over a decade working for some of the biggest online bookmakers in their operations and content teams, NFL and fantasy NFL are Adam's main focus, but there's always room for some golf, horse racing and soccer, particularly soccer card markets.