The UFC will no longer allow cornermen to handle Vaseline inside the Octagon. Instead, impartial cutmen are the only people that will be allowed to apply the greasing agent to fighters’ faces before each fight and in between rounds.
This change was made following the controversy surrounding last weekend’s historical bout between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn at UFC 94.
Through the request of Penn and his camp, the Nevada State Athletic Commission is current investigating whether or not the cornermen of GSP illegally applied Vaseline to the shoulders, back and chest of the 170-pound champ before the start of the 2nd, 3rd and 4thRounds.
The Commission was alerted immediately about the illegal activity before the start of the 2ndRound, however the Commission was unable to wipe off St-Pierre before the bell sounded. However, they did thoroughly wipe him down before the start of the 3rd and 4thRounds.
World renowned cutman, Jacob “Stitch” Duran, confirmed that the rule change will be in effect immediately, starting with tonight’s “UFC Fight Night 17” event.