Last month UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith shared a story on his podcast about how social media influencer Dan Bilzerian and UFC superstar Donald Cerrone forced Smith’s mom and wife from their seats while he was getting ready to fight Jon Jones at UFC 235.
Since the story came out, both Bilzerian and Cerrone have refuted Smith’s “fabricated” story.
In a recent interview with The Schmo, Smith clarified the story again and said he wasn’t trying to shit on ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in any way.
“Man, you know, honestly, I haven’t said anything about it because I wasn’t intentionally trying to shit on Cowboy, that wasn’t the purpose. I think it was collateral damage was really trying to shit on Dan Bilzerian,” Smith said. “So I stand by everything that I said, but I wasn’t trying to shit on Cowboy, and initially, I wasn’t even gonna say his name. I’m fairly confident that Cowboy and I could sit down and have a five-minute conversation or less, and we can hash it out.”
“It’s on record, you can find it anywhere [about] how much I’ve looked up to Cowboy and I’ve said a lot of the most of those things, like, less than three years ago. So I mean, how many times have you heard me say I want to be the light heavyweight Cowboy Cerrone? I look up to that guy. I don’t have any beef with Cowboy when I told the story. I didn’t have any beef with Cowboy, it wasn’t meant for Cowboy. So I am guilty of, you know, maybe being on a podcast with a good friend of mine and telling a story.”
Smith continued by saying that maybe he was a little emotional white telling the story because his mom had just passed away.
“I don’t know, to be very honest, my mom had just passed away, like two weeks before that. Maybe I was in my feelings a little bit. And I had never told the story because my mom was still alive and she was just like, embarrassed by it. So I think maybe I was in my feelings and just got wrapped up in a conversation with a friend and maybe didn’t realize how many people might be listening. So, on that end of it, I probably should have just said something to Cowboy…I hope that this blows over, because I don’t like feeling when I have a beef.”
MMA beef tends to go on for a while, but with Smith being so open about the situation, the tension with ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone should go away. Hopefully.
Cerrone was supposed to fight at UFC Austin, but on the day of the event, his fight with Joe Lauzon was scrapped due to a freak knee injury to Lauzon. That was the second time in a row the pair had their fight canceled the day they were supposed to fight.
Smith has a number one contender fight booked for UFC 277 against Magomed Ankalaev.