ABU DHABI – The UFC 285 pre-fight news conference took place Thursday and the entire main card was in attendance to answer questions.
At the conclusion of the festivities, the entire main card, which airs on pay-per-view, and the featured prelims, which air on ESPNews and ESPN+, participated in some traditional staredowns.
oth championship fights were locked in, but so were the remaining pairings, including a high-stakes welterweight clash of Geoff Neal (15-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (16-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), a pairing of ranked lightweights Mateusz Gamrot (21-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Jalin Turner (13-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and debuting middleweight prospect Bo Nickal (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Jamie Pickett (13-8 MMA, 2-4 UFC).
The staredowns featured a range of emotions. Watch the video of the three non-title faceoffs above.
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