LAS VEGAS – The Nevada State Athletic Commission today unanimously decided to grant Jon Jones a competition-based license to compete in UFC 235 Heavyweight bout against Anthony Smith  As a condition of his approval, Jones must submit and pay for additional NSAID drug testing over the next 40 days. The Commission will then meet in February to identify additional drug tests to be carried out by three agencies: the US Anti-Doping Partner, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) and the NSAC, which will be continued for the year 2019.
NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell warned Jones that he had stopped the tests before the end of 2019: "You probably will not get another license here "he said today during a hearing in Las Vegas. 19659004] An integral part of any additional testing, Marnell said, is that NSAC must receive the results as soon as they become available. The Commission decided to accelerate all test results to avoid last-minute surprises.
"If he's fighting in Russia, I want to have those test results," Marnell said.
UFC 235 will take place on March 2nd in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main event ticket will be broadcast live in pay-per-view format after ESPN + has made preparations.
Jones did not answer questions from the media after the hearing, but said:
"Many thanks to USADA, thank you to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, my team, the UFC, mainly the fans and everyone who joined me have accompanied during the whole process. This allowed me to say my piece, I was allowed to go through this process and finally prove my innocence. I am very thankful to fight again in Nevada. I'm looking forward to the 2nd of March. It's going to be a great event and I'm really looking forward to all the tests. I'm looking forward to once again standing in front of the fans and fighting great fights.
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