Joe Rogan speculates brain injury might be to blame for Jon Jones’ downfall
Jon Jones could have easily been declared as the greatest to ever do it in mixed martial arts today if he hadn’t done all the things he did. Instead, he is now facing a four-year suspension after testing positive on PED.
But UFC analyst Joe Rogan speculates that the reason behind Jones’ downfall might be a brain injury. In a recent episode of his JRE MMA Show podcast, Rogan explained his theory.
“There’s a symptom of something else going on,” Rogan said (transcript via MMA Weekly). People don’t like to discuss this but one of the things that it easily could be is that Jon has impulse control [issues] because he’s been sparring and fighting at the highest level of the sport for many, many years now and he’s gotten hit in the head a gang of times. There’s no way around it.”
“There was an article I posted on Twitter that came up a couple of days ago, these neuroscientists were examining brain injury and violent behavior and like how they’re connected,” he continued. “How damage to certain areas of the brain has irreparable consequences on the decision-making ability of the person who gets hit.”
“Jon is just one of the most talented guys of all time if not the most talented guy of all time and also the biggest disaster in terms of the biggest mistakes that he’s made,” Rogan said. “We’ve never had a fighter that did a hit-and-run on a pregnant and broke her arm and then took off and then tests positive for drugs cause he’s on dick pills and then tests positive again after his comeback, after a spectacular win over Daniel Cormier.”
“He’s disappointing in that regard,” he added. “So exceptional in his physical abilities but the choices he makes and the decisions that come out of those choices are just f–king terrible.”