Donald Cerrone does not know what to do with Anthony Smith, who recently accused him of inappropriate behavior.
During a speech at Believe me In a podcast last May, Smith claimed drunk “Cowboy” and celebrity friend Dan Bilzerian forced Smith’s family and friends out of their front row seats at the start of his light heavyweight title fight against Jon Jones at UFC 253 in March 2019. Smith also accused Bilzerian of watching pornography near Smith’s mother after the seat shuffling.
Cerrone will take on Joe Lauzon this weekend at UFC Austin, and he had the opportunity to share his perspective at the event’s media day on Wednesday.
“Firstly, I saw Anthony a couple of times and he didn’t say anything, so why did he wait three years – I just don’t know if he is trying to stay relevant, why he brought this topic up,” Cerron. said. “You know, because you go to fights, your name is literally written on your chair in Dana’s section. So, Cowboy. Cowboy. No one was sitting in my seat when we got there. We didn’t say, “Hey mom, get out, you’re in the wrong place.” You walk behind, security grabs you and escorts you to your seat: “Ticket 6, 7, OK, right here and there.”
“This does not mean that you can just freely walk around any place and say: “Come out, you are in my place” or “Come out, I want to sit there.” And if they were there and we kicked them out, how did we find another place? This whole story makes no sense to me. I don’t understand, but I’m not sure where he even fabricated this story from. It’s funny to me, and then to say that Dan watched porn there. So after we kicked your grandmother and mother out of their seats, they sat behind us? It’s weird to me, so I don’t know.”
As Cerrone heads into his 38th UFC appearance, he is at or near the top of several promotional leaderboards, including most wins (23, tied with Jim Miller and Andrey Arlovski), second in scoring (16) and third place in terms of number of performances. .
Asked if he found Smith’s allegations of impact on his legacy upsetting, Cerrone reacted with more confusion than anger.
“More [annoyed with] people who don’t know what’s going on when they like to make comments like, “Oh, are you going to kick another grandma out?” Cerrone said. “Like, these people are not even educated enough to understand what is happening in this story. But in this world, you can go on social media and say whatever you want, so right now I’m indifferent to it.
“I don’t understand why Anthony didn’t just come up to me and call me. If he was there and saw it and was a witness to it, then why wasn’t anything said on the spot? Why wait three years to release it? And if I was drunk — which was probably a pretty serious case in UFC fights — the seat still had “Cowboy” written on it. I don’t remember anyone getting kicked out. Could this happen? Maybe. I doubt. But I definitely wouldn’t kick someone’s mom or grandma out of the way, I’m not that kind of guy. If it was another dude, probably like, “Hey dude, move over, you’re in my place.” But someone’s mom? I’m not that guy. Besides, I know everyone here. I would just find another place. It’s a strange story for me, but nonetheless.”