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