The UFC 285 event had everything a UFC fan could hope for: new champions, upsets, and even Hollywood celebrities.
Former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took on Ciryl Gane in his heavyweight debut, and it didn’t take long for Jones to prove he’s a force to be reckoned with in his new weight class. Jones defeated Gane with ease and became the new heavyweight champion.
In the women’s flyweight division, Alexa Grasso pulled off a huge upset by defeating long-reigning champion Valentina Shevchenko. Grasso dominated most of the rounds but beautifully exploited Shevchenko’s mistake at the end of the fourth round and successfully submitted her, becoming the new champion.
One of the most exciting parts of UFC 285 was the appearance of Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal, who was shooting a scene for the upcoming remake of Road House.
Gyllenhaal filmed a scene in the octagon with Jay Hieron, where he brutally beat the UFC veteran. The production team took advantage of the real UFC event and filmed the scene in front of a live crowd.
This wasn’t the first scene Gyllenhaal shot at a UFC venue. During the official weigh-in session, Gyllenhaal also shot a scene with Hieron. They had a scripted altercation where Gyllenhaal slapped Hieron, and UFC president Dana White appeared between them, mimicking the stare down between UFC athletes.
During the UFC 285 press conference, White was asked about the filming for Road House. He stated that the filming went smoothly but also admitted that he’s not a big fan of scenes like that at UFC events.
“It went pretty smooth considering I don’t really like doing stuff like that, so it went pretty smooth.” White said.
He also asked about his acting during the scripted weigh-in between the actors and said that he doesn’t like acting either.
“Well, if I cant f****g do that I don’t know what I’d do. That’s about as much acting as I wanna do ever.” White said.
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