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UFC 285 pre-event facts: Valentina Shevchenko’s remarkable resume speaks volumes about greatness

The crown jewel of the UFC’s first-quarter schedule for 2023 takes place Saturday with UFC 285. The loaded fight card goes down at T-Mobile Arena with a main card scheduled to air on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPNews and early prelims on ESPN+.

Two championship fights top the card, and they feature arguably the greatest male and female athletes the sport has ever seen. In the headlining act, Former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) will finally return from a more than three-year layoff and make the move to heavyweight for a vacant title showdown with Ciryl Gane (11-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC).

The co-headliner, meanwhile, will see decorated women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (23-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC) attempt to make her eighth consecutive defense of her belt when she welcomes Mexican challenger Alexa Grasso (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC).

For more on the numbers behind the two title fights, as well as the rest of the card, check below for MMA Junkie’s pre-event facts about UFC 285.

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