UFC 235 is scheduled for March 3 (AEDT). Taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, MMA event is expected to be headlined by Jon Jones in defense of his light heavyweight title against Anthony Smith. Yet, before the bout can be formally confirmed “Bones” is required to obtain the license from Nevada Athletic Commission.
“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,” UFC President Dana White told TMZ Sports.
“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.”
Jones is fresh of the win against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 where he scored the third round stoppage win as well as reclaimed the belt. The event was held in Los Angeles, after it was moved from Las Vegas when NAC wouldn’t grant Jones a license due to drug test result.
As understood, if this time the license is granted he will be facing Smith in the headliner of UFC 235. The latter is riding a three-fight win streak. In his previous bout he submitted Volkan Oezdemir in the third round. He knocked out Mauricio Rua and Rashad Evans in the first round.
UFC 235: Woodley defends WW title against Usman
The reigning UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is scheduled to face Kamaru Usman, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reported citing multiple sources Monday. The contracts have been reportedly signed by both fighters.
Woodley is set to make his fifth title defense, following his previous bout against Darren Till last September. He won the title in 2016.
Usman is riding a 13-fight win streak. In his previous outing last November he scored a unanimous decision against Rafael dos Anjos.
The bout is yet to be formally confirmed by the promotion. The list of announced to date matchups for UFC 235 can be found below.
Light heavyweight Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
Women’s Strawweight Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang
Welterweight Tyron Woodley and Kamaru Usman
Bantamweight Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz
Welterweight Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren
Featherweight Jeremy Stephens vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
Women’s Bantamweight Holly Holm vs. Aspen Ladd
Women’s Bantamweight Gina Mazany vs. Macy Chiasson
Light Heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux vs. Misha Cirkunov