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Jon Jones speaks on opening as the betting underdog against Ciryl Gane – “A lot of fans haven’t seen me compete before”

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This Saturday at UFC 285, Jon Jones will make his octagon comeback against Ciryl Gane following a three-year absence. The veteran light heavyweight champion recently discussed why he opened as the underdog in a bet, attributing it to his lack of action.

‘Bones’ responded when asked whether he felt disrespected after the opening odds were announced during the UFC 285 pre-fight press conference:

“No, that wasn’t insulting in my opinion. Ciryl Gane has been quite busy. He has been quite active in the UFC. I am aware that many of my supporters have never seen me compete before, but that is the way it is. Since I was the underdog, I assume a lot of people were betting a lot of money, so the oddsmakers had to quickly adjust those odds.”
When asked if he thought he would win on Saturday night, Jon Jones responded:

I don’t gamble much, but I believe it’s not a bad idea to wager on me.

Jon Jones last competed in 2020, winning by a razor-thin margin on a decision against Dominick Reyes to keep his light heavyweight title, which he later relinquished with plans to move up to heavyweight.

Jones has changed from being the betting underdog to a slight favourite. The American now has odds of -165, while Gane has odds of +145.

Jon Jones questions Ciryl Gane’s “seriousness”

This weekend, Jon Jones will make his long-awaited heavyweight debut. As the former 205-pound champion squares up against Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 285 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, he will try to become a two-division champion.

Jones has been very candid about how seriously he has taken the jump up to heavyweight before the fight. At the pre-fight media day, “Bones” disclosed what he considers to be Gane’s one undeniable advantage:

“I possess the characteristics of a dog, a lion, and a ruthless warrior. I cannot lose because it is a part of who I am. For me, this is more than simply a sporting event; this is my life, my identity, my legacy, and who I am. My justifications are quite strong. When it comes to the intensity with which I approach this fight and this game, I’m not sure if his enthusiasm matches mine.”

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