Donald Cerrone responds to Anthony Smith accusing him of stealing family seats during UFC 235 title fight

Donald Cerrone is not sure what to do with the fact that Anthony Smith recently accused him of inappropriate behavior.

During a performance of Believe me podcast in May, Smith claimed that a full “Cowboy” and celebrity friend Dan Bilzerian forced Smith’s family and friends out of the 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 while she was next to Smith’s mother after the seat shuffled.

Cerrone is battling Joe Lauzon this weekend at UFC Austin, and he had the chance to share his side of the story at a media day for the event on Wednesday.

“First, I saw Anthony a couple of times, and he never said anything, so why did he wait three years to go – I just do not know if he’s trying to stay relevant, why he would bring it up,” Cerron said. . “You know, because you go to the fights, your name is literally on your chair in Dana’s section. So, ‘Cowboy. Cowboy. Nobody was sitting in my seat when we showed up. It’s not like we said,’ Hello. , Mom, get out, you’re not in this seat. “You walk in the back, security grabs you and leads you to your seat,” Ticket 6, 7, OK, right there and there. “

“It’s not like you can just walk around any seat you want and say, ‘Get out, you’re in my seat’ or ‘Get out, I want to sit there.’ And if they were there and we threw them out, how did we find another seat? The whole story makes no sense to me. I do not understand it, but I’m not sure where he made this story from. It’s funny for me to say that Dan was “In there and watching porn. That means after we threw your grandmother and mother out of their seats, did they sit behind us? It’s weird for me, so I do not know.”

As Cerrone enters his 38th UFC appearance, he sits at or near the top of several promotional leaderboards, including the most wins (23, a draw with Jim Miller and Andrei Arlovski), the second most finishes (16) and the third most appearances. .

Asked if he thought Smith’s allegations were outrageous in terms of their effect on his legacy, Cerrone reacted more with confusion than anger.

“More [annoyed with] “People who do not know what’s going on, when they like, come up with comments like, ‘Oh, are you going to kick out another grandmother?'” Cerrone said. “Like, these people are not even educated enough to know what’s going on in history. But in this world, you can get on social media and say whatever you want, so I’m numb to it now.

“I do not understand why Anthony did not just come to me and call me. If he was there and saw it and witnessed it, why was nothing said there on the spot? Why would you wait three years to come out with it? And if I was drunk – which was probably a pretty serious issue in a UFC fight – there was still ‘Cowboy’ on the seat. I do not remember kicking anyone out. Could it have happened? Possibly. Doubt it. But I definitely would not have kicked anyone’s mom or grandma out of a seat, I’m not that guy. If it was another guy, maybe like, “Hey man, shoot over, you’re in my seat.” But someone’s mother? I’m not that guy. Besides, I know everyone here. I just wanted to find another seat. It’s a strange story for me, but no matter what. “