Jon Jones Set To Fight Anthony Smith At UFC 235 In Las Vegas
Jon Jones is set to fight Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jon Jones is fresh off becoming a three-time UFC light-heavyweight champion after stopping Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232.
A few days removed from beating the Swedish fighter, Jones has his next assignment in the shape of surging contender Anthony Smith.
The 205 lbs king will, though, have to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to address an adverse drug-test which forced the promotion to move UFC 232 to Los Angeles.
But UFC are confident Jones will be licensed to compete at UFC 235 on March 2nd.
Dana White confirmed the championship light-heavyweight booking. Smith has signed his bout agreement according to MMA Junkie.
Just a few days ago, Smith confirmed he was in talks to fight Jones.
"It sounds like he's in," he told TMZSports.
"Of course, [my manager] has already been talking to the UFC and I think that they're working that out and seeing what that looks like as far as timelines and stuff, but I'm in.
"Any time, any place, anywhere, I'm ready," Smith added. "I'll fight Jon this weekend if he wants to."
Jones has hinted at defending his crown against Smith by taking to social media.
"Any time, any place, anywhere, I'm ready," Smith said. "I'll fight Jon this weekend if he wants to."
- Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) January 4, 2019
.@JonnyBones you can't study what's never been done before #Lionheart pic.twitter.com/EaULwImn9D
- Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) January 4, 2019
Jones vs. Smith isn't the only reported match-up for UFC 235.
Ex-women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm faces Aspen Ladd, Diego Sanchez takes on Mickey Gall not to mention a tasty, tasty welterweight fight in Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren.
UFC 235 is shaping up to be a spicy card.