Don’t Miss UFC 285: Jones vs. Gane & Shevchenko vs. Grasso
UFC 285 is set to kick off on March 5, 2023 with a highly anticipated title fight between Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane. Renowned as the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter ever, Jones was a two-time light heavyweight champion, and holds the record of 11 successful title defenses in the promotion. This individual, aged 35, is a well-rounded martial artist, who is proficient in both grappling and striking. Gane symbolizes the emerging trend of MMA, having swiftly advanced up the heavyweight rankings to confront Ngannou for the championship in January 2022. After being defeated by decision, he was able to rebound and score a knockout against Tai Tuivasa in the latter part of last year. Gane possesses a broad range of talents, allowing them to win in knockout, submission, and decision matches with equal proficiency.
The card is stacked from top to bottom, with co-main event featuring women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso. As the fight went on, it seemed that Shevchenko had obtained the necessary data to reverse the situation. Shevchenko employed wrestling tactics to limit Grasso's access to her favored striking techniques. Grasso seized a fleeting chance, catching onto Shevchenko's back as the titleholder failed to land a spinning kick and quickly taking the duel to the ground and binding the choke, breaking Shevchenko's nine-fight winning streak which included seven successful title defenses.
If Grasso can keep the fight in a standing position, she may be able to gain an advantage. Shevchenko gets 34% of her significant strikes in the clinch or on the ground (compared to 66% while standing), whereas Grasso gets only 18% of her strikes in the clinch or on the ground (with 82% while standing). Grasso's takedown defense rate of 65%, which is higher than the UFC average of 55%, implies that Grasso's most suitable plan of attack is to challenge Shevchenko in a stand-up fight, not as a grappler.
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