“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. But, as a fighter, premiere. And, God, in the light heavyweight division! And 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]”
Austin added that he respects Jon Jones’ fighting skills, but he finds Jones annoying and wants to see him get his ass kicked.
“Yeah, (he annoys me), but in a good way. 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. Some people agree, some don’t, nonetheless it was a hell of a fight. And we knew Gus was on his way up to be a superstar. That match made him a superstar. 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.”
Jones and Gustafsson will fight again at UFC 178 on September 28th.
Austin also gave his opinion on several other UFC champions, saying Cain Velasquez is star and a “bad ass” that lets his work in the octagon speak for itself. He put Chris Weidman over as a “star in the making.” He thinks Johny Hendricks “isn’t quite Georges St-Pierre” and called Anthony Pettis “exciting” and “almost there.” Austin loves watching Demetrious Johnson and said it’s going to take a a very special fighter to take the gold from Ronda Rousey.