Jon Jones Set to Fight Anthony Smith … At UFC 235
1/5/2019 10:37 PM PST
Well, that was quick!!!
TMZ Sports has learned Jon Jones is signed on to fight Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March … as long as the Nevada State Athletic Commission gives him the green light.
As we previously reported, several UFC fighters have been angling to get a crack at Jones after he returned from his suspension to beat up Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 last month … including Luke Rockhold, Corey Anderson and Smith.
But now, we’ve confirmed … Jon’s next opponent will be 30-year-old Smith, who’s currently on a 3 fight win streak after beating Volkan Oezdemir, Shogun Rua and Rashad Evans.
We spoke with Dana White who tells us … “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.”
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.”
Smith is currently the #3 ranked light heavyweight — and just last week told TMZ Sports he’s “ready” for Jones. He also told us he wasn’t impressed with Jones in the Gustafsson fight.
Should be fun!