Late last week, UFC president Dana White shared his thoughts on the controversy surrounding welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s controversial win over BJ Penn at UFC 94. White stated that he thought GSP’s cornmen should be punished for greasing up their fighter. St-Pierre’s head trainer, Greg Jackson, claims that the truth will exonerate them.
“Everybody has their opinion about what happened, but the beautiful thing about the truth is that I don’t have to worry about him,” Jackson said. “I respect Dana White. He’s a friend of mine, very much. That’s the way he sees it, but that’s not the truth. We have the truth on our side.”
Although Jackson was the lead voice in St-Pierre’s corner, it is Muay Thai coach Phil Nurse that is being accused of applying Vaseline to the French Canadian’s body.
“The truth was that Phil put Vaseline on [St-Pierre’s] face,” said Jackson. “We have this little breathing drill that we do. … And so after he greased him, he went around (to his back) and did that drill. So everybody was like, ‘He greased him.’ But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Phil would never do something like that on purpose.”
White, however, feels that the act was blatant and intentional on Nurse’s part, however he believes that the company’s golden boy was not aware that Nurse was applying the greasing agent to his body.
“I think he absolutely, positively knew that he was rubbing grease on him,” White stated. “Do I think Georges was trying to cheat? Absolutely not at all. But that corner man was rubbing grease on him.”
Penn’s camp is in the process of filing a formal complaint to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. If found guilty, St-Pierre’s cornermen, namely Nurse, may have his license revoked or suspended.