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Morning Report: 'Incredibly disappointed' in Jon Jones, Joe Rogan wonders if brain damage could explain the former champ's lack of 'impulse control'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

"Disaster. All across the board."

Much like the rest of us, UFC commentator Joe Rogan is left scratching his head as to the behavior of now former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Jones was suspended indefinitely and stripped of his title by the UFC following his alleged involvement in a felony hit and and run auto accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"Jon Jones is likely going to jail," Rogan said last week on his podcast. "Hit and run. Crashed into a pregnant woman, allegedly, I should say. Broke her arm. She was rushed to the hospital, but pregnant, which has got to be terrifying for her. To be in a car crash and smashed by a guy who runs a red light and then flees the scene of the crime."

Sought for questioning by police, Jones turned himself into authorities the evening of April 27, days after the incident took place early April 24. Jones was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries.

"He disappeared, for like 24 hours at least," said Rogan. "Probably even more. A couple days, I think he disappeared for. Obviously, the speculation would be that [Jones] was on something that he would worried about being tested for for 24 hours or 48 hours or whatever it was."

Only hinting at Jones' failed pre-fight drug test for cocaine metabolites at UFC 182, Rogan began to ponder whether or not some of the former champion's questionable behavior could be attributed to head trauma.

"This should be really clear," said Rogan. "I am, without a doubt, not trying to let [Jones] off the hook. What he did was horrible. If it was someone in my family that he hit with that car I would be unbelievably furious. I'm incredibly disappointed in him. I think the UFC absolutely did the right thing in stripping him of his title. I think law enforcement is going to do the right thing by putting him in jail. They're going to. You can't do that.

"You can't hit someone with a car and leave the scene of the crime. It is a crime, but there are things that people do because they have brain damage. That's where the real question comes up. Obviously they're responsible ultimately for their own actions, but what is it that's responsible for making them do that action?"

Rogan seemed to open up a sort of 'chicken and the egg' argument on fighter behavior. Are erratic athletes more likely to become fighters? Or do athletes become erratic as a result of fighting?

"If the brain is getting damaged and if we have proven that some of the issues with people that have brain damage is impulse control you've got to wonder when you see fighters do wild, crazy s**t, how much of that is due to getting bonked in the f***ing head all the time?"

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'I don't buy it.' Daniel Cormier says he feels 'very disrespected' by those saying he doesn't deserve to fight for the title against Anthony Johnson. 'I've lost one time ... the last time, when I lost rounds to Jones was the first time I've lost rounds in a fight.'

'I'll feel like I'm the champ if I beat [Cormier].' Anthony Johnson approves of Jon Jones being stripped of the title. ‘I think it's the right call.'

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