Jon Jones claims he's proven his innocence after NSAC finally grant him a license to fight

Jon Jones

The much-anticipated Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing relating to the post-fight antics between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor's team happened this past Tuesday.

But aside from that there was another big-name fighter that had his future hanging in the balance that very same day.

Jon Jones was to find out whether or not NSAC were going to grant him a license to fight in Las Vegas, after UFC had to move their whole event in December to Los Angeles on six days notice after NSAC refused to let him compete due to picograms found in a drug test.

These were blamed on traces still being active from the Turinabol that was found in his system during the 2017 Daniel Cormier fight, which he was found guilty of - that's not a theory that everyone believes in though.

The commission have now come to a decision though as Jones was scheduled for a defence of his Light Heavyweight title against Anthony Smith at the upcoming UFC 235 event in March.

The decision was to grant Jones a one-fight license, where he will undergo rigorous drug testing before the bout, and a further hearing will be needed to extend that license to evaluate the progress Jones had made with the tests. 

Jones has now spoken out on NSAC's decision to give him the license, and he now believes he's proven once and for all that he's innocent.

“I’m excited that the whole thing is over," said Jones during the pre-fight press conference, per MMAMania.

"It’s a four hour hearing and I learned a lot of what’s happening in my body. It’s good to know I am not the only athlete going through this. It’s definitely the most high-profile case in the country right now.

Jon Jones has expressed his delight over being granted a license to fight in Las Vegas

“The biggest thing I want to keep driving home is that these picograms give me no performance-enhancing benefits.

"I have USADA, VADA and Nevada all three drug testing me for the remainder of this year, which is a lot of needles. But I have no problem being in this position.

"I think through all the testing I will be vindicated and we will all be educated."

"I think me opening myself to being tested by three agencies shows that I have nothing to hide," continued Jones.

They [USADA and VADA] are very credible and I feel like them giving me my license shows that I am innocent.

"This doesn’t help my performance at all. I’m just grateful for everything to be out in the open and accessible for everybody to see."

March 2 is the date of Jones' next fight, where number-three contender Smith will be waiting at the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas.

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