Grease Lightning

Written by Tom Ngo
February 1st, 2009

There appears to be a little dark cloud raining on UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s parade. Reports are surfacing that one of GSP’s cornermen is in some hot water with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and may face a possible license suspension for illegally rubbing Vaseline on the back of GSP in between the 2nd and 3rdRound. Penn’s camp has not decided whether they will file a formal claim with the Commission.

“I saw the commission jump up there and flip out. They said that one of the guys was rubbing Vaseline on GSP’s back … in between one of the rounds, one and two, I think,” UFC president Dana White stated at the UFC 94 post-fight press conference. “I personally didn’t see it, the commission did. And that’s about as illegal as you can get … I’m sure the commission is going to deal (with it).”

It was actually between the 2nd and 3rdRounds when the Commission first caught the act, with them wiping the champ’s back down then and once again between the 3rd and 4thRounds.

Although unfortunate, it is highly unlikely that having the substance on his back played any role in the outcome of the fight. St-Pierre thoroughly dominated his UFC 94 bout against BJ Penn, however White anticipated there will be repercussions.

“You could have put Vaseline on from head to toe, that wasn’t the point, the point was you don’t do it. It’s illegal. The guy who did it needs to be punished, it’s not (St-Pierre’s) fault,” said the UFC president. “The question is what happens to a guy that does that. You’ve got to put the smack down on him. He should lose his license.”

Even though there is a bit of controversy looming, White wanted to reiterate that the historical bout would not be tainted as the added grease played an insignificant role in the outcome of the bout.

“I don’t think that impacted the fight. I don’t,” said White.

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