Jon Jones reclaimed the light heavyweight belt against Gustafsson in December and now looks set to take on Anthony Smith at UFC 235 pending a NSAC hearing.
Speaking to TMZ last night, UFC President Dana White confirmed that they were looking to book the fight for the upcoming UFC 235 PPV in Las Vegas.
It’s well documented at this stage that Jon Jones (23-1) was not granted a licence by Nevada and as a result, the fight can not be officially announced until everything is finalised.
The promotion came under fire last month when UFC 232 was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on 5 days notice to accommodate Jones who eventually went on to win the title back in a dominant display against Alexander Gustafsson.
Post fight, Anthony Smith (31-13) has been staking his claim for a title shot and it now seems that “Lionheart” is about to get his wish and confirmed to MMAJunkie.com that he has signed a bout agreement though no response has been forthcoming from Jones’ camp.
Last week, Kamaru Usman claimed he was fighting Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 but unless a double title card is on the horizon, it seems that the welterweight kerfuffle is no closer to being sorted.
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