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The UFC officially announce a title fight between Jon Jones and Anthony Smith.
The fight was made possible after the Nevada State Athletic Commission approved a conditional one-fight license for Jones to fight Smith. The conditional license is a result of the NSAC finding traces of a banned substance in his system that he tested positive for in the past.
A Dec. 9 drug test revealed oral turinabol in his system, which was the same steroid Jones tested positive for after a title bout against Daniel Cormier in 2017. It was a positive drug test that earned him yet another suspension from the sport. Despite all the hurdles Jones and his camp had to jump to acquire a license, the NSAC has agreed to let Jones fight.
The UFC confirmed the news via twitter which has the two fighting on March 2 as the main event of UFC 235.
— UFC (@ufc) January 29, 2019
Smith is the no. 3 light heavyweight who has proved himself after a win streak finishing his last three opponents, two of which via TKO. UFC 235 is now a two-championship fight card with Tyron Woodley putting his title on the line against Kamaru Usman. Tickets go on sale beginning Feb.1 for the event that will take place in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.