Donald Cerrone isn’t sure what to make of Anthony Smith recently accusing him of inappropriate behavior.
During an appearance on the Believe me podcast last May, Smith claimed that drunken “Cowboy” and celebrity friend Dan Bilzerian forced Smith’s family and friends out of 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 porn next to Smith’s mother after the seat change.
Cerrone is fighting Joe Lauzon this weekend at UFC Austin and he got a chance to share his side of the story during a media day for the event on Wednesday.
“On the one hand, I’ve seen Anthony many times and he never said anything, so why has he waited three years to pass – I just don’t know if he’s trying to stay relevant, why he would talk about it,” Cerron said. “You know, because you go to fights, your name is literally on your chair in Dana’s section. So, ‘Cowboy. Cowboy.’ No one was sitting in my place when we showed up there. It’s not like we were like, ‘Hey, mom, get out, you’re not in that seat.’ You walk in the back, security grabs you and walks you to your seat, “Ticket 6, 7, OK, right there and there.”
“It’s not like you can walk freely around any seat you want and say, ‘Come out, you’re in my seat’ or ‘Come out, I want to sit there.’ they were there and we chased them away how did we find another seat the whole story makes no sense to me i don’t understand but i don’t even know where he made this story from Funny to me and then to say Dan was in there watching porn That means after you threw your grandma and mom out of their seats they sat behind us It’s strange to me, so I don’t know.
As Cerrone heads into his 38th UFC appearance, he sits at or near the top of several promotional rankings, including most wins (23, tied with Jim Miller and Andrei Arlovski), second most highest number of finishes (16) and third most appearances. .
When asked if he found Smith’s accusations upsetting in terms of their effect on his legacy, Cerrone reacted more with confusion than anger.
“After [annoyed with] people who don’t know what’s going on, when they like to make comments like, ‘Oh, are you going to kick out another grandma?’ “said Cerrone. “Like, these people aren’t even educated enough to know what’s going on in the story. But in this world, you can go on social media and say whatever you want, so I’m numb now.
“I don’t understand why Anthony didn’t just come up to me and call me. If he was there and saw it and witnessed it, why wasn’t something said right away? Why wait three years to release it? And if I was drunk – which was probably a pretty serious case in a UFC fight – the seat still said “Cowboy” on it. I don’t remember deporting anyone. Could this have happened? Maybe. I doubt. But I definitely wouldn’t kick someone’s mom or grandma out of a seat, I’m not that guy. If it was another guy, probably like, “Hey man, move on, you’re in my place.” But someone’s mother? I am not that guy. Besides, I know everyone here. I would just find another seat. It’s a strange story to me, but whatever.