The Nevada State Athletic Commission granted Jon Jones a conditional one-fight license on Tuesday, allowing him to defend his light heavyweight title on March 2 against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 as planned, according to MMAFighting.com.
As part of the conditions, Jones will have to submit to at least two drug tests per month for the rest of the year. He’ll be eligible to compete at UFC 235 even if he tests positive for the banned M3 steroid metabolite at a picogram per milliliter level, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Jones failed to obtain a Nevada license before UFC 232 in December because a previous drug test revealed trace amounts of the steroid. Jones contended he was clean, but the Nevada commission didn’t have enough time to study his case and issue a ruling. The UFC was forced to relocate its entire card to Inglewood, Calif. on extremely short notice.
The 31-year-old successfully obtained his license from California, and promptly defeated Alexander Gustafsson for the belt in Inglewood. His match against Smith will be his first fight since UFC 232.
Jones has served two drug-related suspensions in his career.
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