UFC 235: Jon Jones Granted License by Nevada Commission, But For One Fight

Jon Jones has been granted a license by the Nevada Comission to battle Anthony Smith at UFC 235, but the UFC’s light-heavyweight champ isn’t cleared to fight in the jurisdiction after that.

Jones is scheduled to face Smith on March 2nd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Jones appeared in front of the commission today to get a license for the contest, and was awarded one for UFC 235. But, the star will need to re-apply for a license and undergo rigorous drug-testing for additional bouts moving forward. In addition, Jones will need to submit to additional testing in advance of the March 2nd card.

The additional testing has been ordered due to the fact Jones has been testing positive for a trace amount of a steroid metabolite he initially was flagged for in 2017. Jones, who has denied ever knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs, served a 15-month suspension for the initial, positive test.

Here is the line-up so far for UFC 235.

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (c) vs. Anthony Smith

UFC Welterweight Championship
Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Kamaru Usman

Welterweight: Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren

Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang

Welterweight: Diego Sanchez vs. Mickey Gall

Female Bantamweight: Gina Mazany vs. Macy Chiasson

Female Bantamweight: Holly Holm vs. Aspen Ladd

Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov

Light Heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Misha Cirkunov

Bantamweight: Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz

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