UFC 235 will take place on Saturday 2nd March 2019 in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile arena. The already stacked card is scheduled to get even better. First reported by TMZ, the UFC is looking to book Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith as it’s main event for the light heavyweight title.
After the report on TMZ broke, UFC President Dana White confirmed the plans to ESPN and said “later this month, Jon Jones will file an application for licensure with the [Nevada State Athletic Commission] in order to compete at UFC 235 in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 2nd.
Provided that license is granted, Jones will be defending his light heavyweight title against Anthony Smith in a five-round main event.”
What’s interesting about this move is that the UFC seem fairly confident about the newly crowned champion getting a license despite a controversial drug test in early December. Jones tested positive for a trace amount of the steroid metabolite, however, multiple experts have deemed that there is no evidence that Jon Jones had readministered any steroid. Jeff Novitsky, Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance for the UFC, believes that the test result was caused from a pulsing effect of the steroid which Jones was suspended for back in 2017.
This fight is not yet a done deal. However, what has been confirmed is the card’s co-main event where Tyron Woodley will defend his Welterweight title against Kamaru Usman. The decision to choose Usman over former interim champion Colby Covington is due to the fact that Kamaru has stayed active, whilst Colby has been troublesome, refusing to fight anyone else until Woodley recovered from a hand injury.
You can find a list of the other confirmed bouts on the UFC website by clicking here.