Jones Given License To Fight At UFC 235
The UFC will not need to uproot UFC 235, as Jon Jones has been given a license to fight in the state of Nevada.
In a multi-hour hearing on Tuesday, Jones and numerous expert witnesses would testify to Jones’ innocence and break down the issues surrounding numerous “abnormalities” in USADA and VADA drug tests conducted since October. The abonomalities were picograms of Turinabol in Jones system in a variety of drug tests leading up to UFC 232 on December 29th, including on the day of the weigh-ins, December 28th.
While Jones would test negative on fight day, the Nevada commission will look to add additional testing on-top of the current USADA testing and VADA testing Jones has agreed to to be licensed in the state of California last month.
“This is on you,” commissioner Anthony Marnell told Jones. “It’s on your shoulders. I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof’s in the pudding. So I’m happy that you’re back here, you’ll always be treated with respect here, and I wanted to make sure that you understood that today. Welcome back to Nevada, and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”
The Nevada commission would refuse to grant Jones a license without a hearing in December following a December 9th test that would show 60 to 80 picograms of the Turinabol metabolite in his system.
Shortly after the decision, the UFC officially announced Jones’ next title defense against Anthony Smith on March 2nd in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena.
— UFC (@ufc) January 29, 2019