Jon Jones
Bones
Easily dispatches Anthony Smith to retain title
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 2, 2019
Jones successfully defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Champion on Saturday, defeating Anthony Smith via unanimous decision (48-44, 48-44, 48-44) at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Jones is quite possibly the greatest fighter of all time and he showed why once again in this one. While he didn't smash Smith quickly, Jon slowly and methodically dissected the challenger. Jones pushed the pace, landed all sorts of strikes, and drained the energy from the over matched challenger. Jones entered as a -900 favorite and anyone who watched the fight could see why. It's possible if not probable that the only person who can beat Jones is himself. He cost himself two points in Round 4 after smashing Smith with a vicious knee while his opponent was clearly down, but it ended up not mattering. The UFC is quickly running out of legitimate light heavyweight's to challenge the champ. They could very easily rush a prospect like Johnny Walker into the next title opportunity. Thiago Santos is another option. Jones is going to be a massive favorite no matter who he faces.
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Similar test results
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 28, 2019
Jones tested positive for trace amounts of a prohibited substance, similar to the results in advance of his last fight, but it will not affect Saturday's scheduled matchup against Anthony Smith, according to a statement from the Nevada Athletic Commision (via Chamatkar Sandhu of ESPN).
ANALYSIS
These are the exact same type of test results that forced December's fight against Alexander Gustafsson to be relocated from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, as the Nevada Athletic Commission did not have sufficient time to evaluate the findings back in December. Since then, Jones has had a hearing with the NAC that granted him a one-fight license to compete Saturday, as the commission ultimately determined that no new ingestion of a prohibited substance occurred, nor would there be any performance-enhancing benefits on fight night. These types of positive tests for a long-term metabolite of a banned substance can continue to be expected from Jones for the rest of 2018 and beyond, as the science is unclear on how long it can remain in the human body at the picogram level. If anything, these similar results help affirm his innocence from the saga back in December. As of Thursday afternoon, Jones remains approximately a (-800) betting favorite for his matchup with Smith at UFC 235.
Granted one-fight license
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 29, 2019
Jones was granted a one-fight conditional license by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday, allowing him to defend his title against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
Trace amounts of a steroid metabolite were found in the lead-up to Jones' last fight at UFC 232 in December, causing the event to be moved to California. Those metabolites remain, though the amount is low enough that it was determined that Jones is receiving no performance-enhancing benefits. Jones will have to be tested at minimum twice a month leading up to UFC 235, and the testing will have to continue throughout the rest of the year if he's to be granted a full license. Similarly low amounts of the same metabolite will be permitted, as they've been assumed to be remnants of a prior infraction which have still yet to leave his system, but any increase will lead to the license being revoked.
No punishment despite trace amount of steroids
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 23, 2019
Jones will not be suspended despite trace amounts of a steroid metabolite being found in his drug test by VADA on Wednesday, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jones' tests for USADA and the CSAC following his victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 came back clean, but additional tests for VADA did find some issues. The same metabolites had been found in similarly small amounts back in December, causing UFC 232 to be moved to California and forcing Jones to enroll in VADA. It was determined that no re-administration of a banned substance had occurred and that the trace amounts of the substance had no performance-enhancing benefits. As Jones had already been punished for the steroid, there was no need to punish him again.
Tests clean after UFC 232
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 10, 2019
Jones submitted two clean drug tests to USADA and the CSAC surrounding his UFC 232 victory over Alexander Gustafsson, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This is great news for Jones, who did not even register a single picogram of a banned substance (or metabolite of a banned substance) in the recent array of tests. He'll continue to be the most tested athlete in the sport, as he's subjected himself to both VADA and USADA testing. Jones must continue to stay on the straight and narrow in advance of his upcoming hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission, but these disclosed results are a major step in the right direction. Should everything go as planned in front of the commission, "Bones" will then be cleared for his March matchup against Anthony Smith. Current betting odds peg him as a heavy favorite as high as (-1200).
Title defense tentatively booked
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 6, 2019
Jones will defend his light heavyweight title against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on March 2, provided he is licensed by the Nevada Athletic Commission at a Jan. 29 hearing, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Jones is coming off a victory in dominant fashion over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, and will waste little time getting back into the cage for his first official title defense since regaining the belt. The matchup against Gustafsson was originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, but the UFC was forced to move the entire fight card to Los Angeles due to a licensing issue in the state of Nevada. Essentially, Jones had tested positive for trace amounts of a long-term metabolite of oral turinabol (a banned substance), though it was ultimately determined that no evidence of new ingestion occurred, and that he would not receive any performance-enhancing benefits from that small amount. The Nevada Athletic Commission did not have time for a hearing on that situation, but since California was already well-versed in the case from their previous experience with Jones, they agreed to license him for the Dec. 29 event. Now, Nevada will need to come to the same conclusion before this fight is official. Should the matchup go on as planned, look for Jones to enter as a significant betting favorite over Smtih. While Smith has put together a solid, three-fight winning streak, he'll be giving up eight inches in reach to Jones, who hasn't competed in a non-title fight since 2011.