By The Associated Press
UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will serve a doping ban until next July after an arbitration panel denied his appeal of a positive test.
Widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, Jones was pulled from a July bout against Daniel Cormier shortly after news about the positive drug test.
Jones claimed to have taken a sexual-enhancement pill but ended up testing positive for two banned anti-estrogen agents.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency , which handles UFC testing, declared Jones ineligible. He took the case to arbitration and that panel delivered the maximum one-year suspension, saying Jones’ “degree of fault verged on the reckless.”
Jones is eligible again on July 7, 2017.