UFC President Dana White has told TMZ that Jon Jones will defend his UFC Light Heavyweight title against Anthony Smith in the main event at UFC 235 in March. This however is dependant on the Nevada State Athletic commision granting Jones his license following his abnormal drug test result prior to UFC 232 this past December.
Anthony Smith (31-13) is currently on a three fight win streak with two out of the three coming via first round knock out. His most recent win was a third round submission over Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Moncton last October. Smith last lost to Thiago Santos by TKO back in February which put a stop to another three fight win streak. That was followed by his move from Middleweight to Light Heavyweight.
Jon Jones (23-1-1) is coming off a knock out win over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 231 this past December. This was his first time back to the octagon after receiving a suspension for a banned substance following his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in 2017. That win was later overturned and Jones was stripped of the title for a second time.
Now holding the UFC Light Heavyweight title once more, Jones will need the NSAC to grant him a license in order for this bout to go ahead.
“Later this month, Jon Jones will file an application for licensure with the NSAC in order to compete at UFC 235 in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 2nd,” Dana White told TMZ. “Provided that license is granted, Jones will be defending his Light Heavyweight title against Anthony Smith in a 5 round main event at the T-Mobile Arena.”
For more updates follow MMA Crazy on twitter.