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Stone Cold Steve Austin: I would love to see Jon Jones get his ass kicked

Stone-Cold-Steve-AustinStone Cold Steve Austin is a big fan of the UFC, but he has a serious problem with the current light heavyweight champion. For whatever reason, Stone Cold does not like Jon Jones.

During a lengthy interview with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” Stone Cold ripped Jones for being a hypocrite who is “living two lives.”

“I mean, you here a little stuff on the side, about his lifestyle. I mean, his lifestyle is a little bit different than what he preaches,” Austin said, as transcribed by MMA Mania. “But, as a fighter, premiere. And, God, in the light heavyweight division! And (Alexander) Gustafsson really handed him his ass and took him in the deepest water that he’s ever been in. So that’s going to be a hell of a rematch. Anyway, he kind of gets on my nerves because I think he’s living two lives. To a degree, yes (he is a hypocrite).”

Jones was extremely quiet early in his career, but the longer he has retained the championship the more he has been feeling himself. A little over a month ago, Jones hurled some homophobic slurs toward a Gustafsson fan and claimed he was hacked. He also talked trash about Chuck Liddell and Phil Davis on social media a couple of weeks later.

“Yeah, (he annoys me), but in a good way,” Stone Cold continued. “I would love to see him get his ass kicked, because it’s going to take a hell of a man to be able to do that. I come from pro wrestling, I’m not a judge; but I think he (Gustafsson) did enough last time to get that victory.

“But, what that match proved to me about Jon Jones was that when he’s in deep waters, he had the heart of a champion. So, when I say some things about Jon Jones irritate me, I respect who and what he is inside that Octagon, make no mistake about that.”

In wrestling terms, it sounds like Stone Cold thinks of Jones as the perfect heel. Jones has held the light heavyweight title for more than three years and defended it seven times, so he has earned the right to be cocky. We’ll see if he can hang onto that privilege after a rematch against Gustafsson at the end of September.

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Jon Jones to fight Alexander Gustafsson, but thinks Daniel Cormier is tougher

Jon JonesJon Jones will be fighting Alexander Gustafsson after all.

The UFC announced Thursday that Jones will face Gustafsson in a rematch on Sept. 27. The announcement comes a few days after UFC boss Dana White said Jones preferred to fight Daniel Cormier instead of Gustafsson.

Jones confirmed that was the case, calling Cormier the “tougher fighter.” But he says he will fight Gustafsson because there is a higher demand for the fight.

“I think Cormier is the tougher fighter, but the fans want to see me fight Gustafsson,” Jones said in a statement via UFC.com.

“There was never an issue with taking the Gustafsson fight. The issue was that my brother is getting married in July and I would have preferred a later date. I didn’t want to go this early and I would have preferred to go later in October or November. It is what it is. We have a date now, Sept 27th. This was a personal decision for me. I will be at my brother’s wedding and have a proper training camp.”

So Jones will be facing Gustafsson, but the fight won’t be exactly when he wants it. You knew there had to be some catch for him.

It’s pretty clear that Dana wanted Jones to fight Gustafsson to satisfy the demand.

“Obviously Jon is right, this if the fight the fans want to see. The great thing about this is, we get Jones vs Gustafsson, and if Jones beats Gustafsson, we get Jones vs Cormier. Two great fights in the light heavyweight division with three of the baddest guys in the world: the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and champion Jon Jones, and the number one and two contenders,” said White in a statement.

This is probably the way it should be. And White is right — after Jones beats Gustafsson, then he can fight Cormier. There’s no reason not for them to have a rematch first.

Dana White: Jon Jones wants to fight Daniel Cormier, not Alexander Gustafsson

Jon Jones beltAlexander Gustafsson gave Jon Jones probably the toughest fight of his professional MMA career, and fans have been eagerly awaiting a rematch between the two. But it sounds like Jones is more interested in fighting someone else instead of rematching with Gustfasson.

UFC boss Dana White said on UFC.com program “The Download” that Jones is interested in fighting undefeated light heavyweight Daniel Cormier, who submitted Dan Henderson at UFC 173 in May.

“Just to clear up a couple things, people think we’re in contract negotiations with Jon Jones – we’re not,” White said via MMA Junkie. “Jon Jones still has five fights left on his contract. So what we’re doing right now is trying to get him to sign the bout agreement for Gustafsson. He doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson. … Lorenzo and I have a meeting with Jones on Thursday to get him to sign the bout agreement, and he’s asking to fight Cormier instead.”

White had previously said the organization was negotiating a deal with Jones, but that’s not the holdup.

Cormier is new to the light heavyweight division and has only fought at that weight his last two fights. Previously he was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion before dropping down in weight.

Why might Jones want to fight Cormier instead of Gustafsson? First off, he’s already beaten Gustafsson, even if it was by a narrow margin. Secondly, Cormier has been calling him out since last year and talking a lot of trash in the meantime. I’m sure Bones wants to teach him a lesson. It’s not like they wouldn’t have a good fight, either.

Jon Jones talks trash about Phil Davis, Chuck Liddell on Instagram

Jon Jones beltJon Jones has been talking some crap ever since beating Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in Baltimore on Saturday night.

On his Instagram account — you know, the same account where he used some homophobic terms against an Alexander Gustafsson fan — Jones posted responses to Phil Davis and Chuck Liddell, both of whom have talked some crap about him recently.

Here’s what “Mr. Wonderful” said about Jones on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani in March:

“But I will tell you this, I don’t dislike Jon Jones. I quite like him. I think of Jon Jones as a shortbread cookie. He’s soft, he’s sweet, but when I get my hands on him he’s going to crumble in the palm of my hand, that’s what I think about Jon Jones.”

Well Davis lost to Rumble Johnson at UFC 172, so Jones posted the following video along with the words, “Crumble me like a cookie?” to his Instagram account on Monday:

Jones also brought the high heat to Chuck Liddell, who not only said Teixeira could beat Jones, but also said he could have beaten Jones.

Jones wrote this about Liddell on Instagram: “Talking all that trash before the fight.. you mad bro?”

He also posted this picture:

Chuck Liddell

Looks like Jones is really feeling himself now. Either that, or the person who’s running his Instagram account is.

Jon Jones does Ray Lewis dance before fight in Baltimore (Video)

Jon Jones Ray Lewis danceJon Jones beat Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision at UFC 172 in Baltimore on Saturday to successfully defend his heavyweight title, and there’s little doubt he also won over the fans in the arena.

As Jones was making his way through the tunnel to the octagon for his fight with Teixeira, he paused and busted out with the Ray Lewis dance to make the crowd go wild.

Give Jones some credit because he actually nailed it. I mean it was much better than LeGarrette Blount’s version of the squirrel dance.

Do you think Jones’ brother Arthur, a former Ravens defensive lineman, gave him the idea to do it?

Chuck Liddell thinks he would have beaten Jon Jones

Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell is one of the best light heavyweight fighters of all time and thinks he could have taken the current light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, if the two met in their primes.

Though Liddell, 44, is impressed with Jones’ overall fighting, he believes he would have presented a very difficult matchup for the current 26-year-old champ.

“I think I would have been a horrible matchup for him,” Liddell told FOX Sports. “I would have walked through his punches and he wouldn’t have caught me with anything.”

The one area where the Iceman thinks Jones needs some improvement is in his punching.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Liddell said. “If he finds his punching power — a good straight [cross], a good hook — then we’ll see. I mean, not only score with it, but hurt somebody. Then we’re talking.”

Liddell went 21-8 with 13 knockouts in his fighting career. He was known for his strong chin and great knockout power.

As good as Liddell was, Jones may be the best light heavyweight of all time. He has excellent reach, good striking and great wrestling abilities. Liddell says he would have been a tough matchup, but I’m pretty sure Bones would have been even more difficult.

Keep in mind that Liddell has been making a lot of noise this week because his training partner, Glover Teixeira, is facing Bones on Saturday at UFC 172. He’s naturally going to be building up his guy while downplaying Jones’ ability.

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Jon Jones not interested in move up to heavyweight

Jon Jones

UFC champion Jon Jones is no longer interested in moving up to the heavyweight division because he believes there are plenty of challenges for him at light heavyweight.

Jones (19-1) is set to face Glover Teixeira (22-2) Saturday at UFC 172 in Dallas, which could be a challenge even if Jones is listed as a heavy favorite. Beyond that, he has a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson to take care of and then some other potential fights. He says that has his attention more than heavyweight matchups.

“I have no interest [in fighting Cain Velasquez] at this point,” Jones said during Monday’s UFC 172 conference call via 5th Round. “There’s a lot of great competition for me to test myself against [at light heavyweight].

“Glover Teixeira, obviously, being first on the agenda. What a great challenge that will be. People are interested in rematches [with Alexander Gustafsson]. Phil Davis said he’s going to crumble me like a cookie. Lots of competition left for me and I’m excited to meet them all.”

I used to feel like Bones had to move up to heavyweight to really be tested, but his close fight with Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September changed my mind. I’m very intrigued to see the fights with Teixeira and Gustafsson for now and think that Jones definitely has a lot on the line against them. If he’s able to win a few of these tough ones, then maybe heavyweight might be the way to go. But for now, he definitely has some interesting competition ahead of him.