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Alex Pereira explains origins of Anthony Smith beef: ‘It’s always something else to discredit me’

Alex Pereira doesn’t appear to be planning on rekindling his relationship with Anthony Smith anytime soon.

Pereira and Smith have exchanged words through the media over the past few months, with Pereira calling Smith “done” after Smith criticized his performance against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 291. Smith later fired back, saying if Pereira wanted an opponent, he found one.

The feud seems to have appeared out of nowhere, but recently with MMA timePereira explained that his issues with Smith have been boiling over for some time.

“The thing is, his job is to commentate in the UFC,” Pereira said through a translator. “He had to do what he had to do, but we felt like from the beginning he didn’t give me any credit. For example, I made my debut and I came from Glory and he was like, ‘Yeah, he’s a Glory kickboxer, But now he’s fighting a really tough fighter, (Andreas) Michaelidis, who’s going to be a wrestler, and it’s just too much of a challenge. I’m going to knock that guy out. . And he said, ‘Oh, but the guy he fought wasn’t tough. He was a nobody. Now he’s going to fight Bruno Silva, beat Alexander Shlemenko by knockout in Russia, and he’s A beast, it was too much for him. I went and beat Bruno Silva and (he said with Sean Strickland)… “Bruno Silva is not that tough, But Sean Strickland, he’s a challenge now. “It’s not going to be good for him. I’m going to beat Sean Strickland.”

“That’s always what happens[afterward],” Pereira continued. “‘Oh, Sean Strickland, it’s not a tough challenge,’ and this and that. (He said) ‘He still has to prove himself. “Now he has to fight Adesanya!” I went and beat Adesanya, and then, I moved up to light heavyweight, but, ‘He just lost his last fight. He’s too small for the light heavyweight division. He’s a tough fight, Blachowicz. He won’t pass. I’m going to beat (Blachowicz).

“Anthony always didn’t give me the credit I deserved. He kind of hated me instead of saying, ‘Well, at first, I was wrong. I thought that guy wasn’t going to be in that fight. I was wrong.’ He was A commentator. He should work harder to win viewers instead of losing them. Bring people around, be charismatic. Have it. But there is always something else that gives me a bad reputation in everything and that’s where the beef is reason.”

If this feud is going to be resolved in the cage, it will have to wait. While both men have proposed a grudge match to resolve their differences, Pereira now has bigger things on his plate. The former UFC middleweight champion will fight Jiri Prochazka for the vacant light heavyweight title in the co-main event of UFC 295 on November 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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