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Don't Make Me Tell You a Third Time

Written by Tom Ngo
March 12th, 2009
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It has been over a month since UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre demolished BJ Penn in their UFC 94 bout, however Penn refuses to accept the lopsided defeat. Yesterday, Penn and Co. finally followed through with their threats to file a complaint with the NSAC, much to the dismay of GSP.

“Listen, I never cheated in my life,” an aggravated St-Pierre stated. “Let me tell you something, I never said something bad to BJ Penn. I never answered back to him with what he said. I’ve always been respectful. Even after the fight I went and told him, ‘Hey, keep your head up. You can be proud. You’re a tough guy. You stayed in the ring for a long time.’

“But now that he says something like that it bothers me a lot. He already said I was taking steroids, that I was a quitter, that he was blaming me for seeing a sports psychologist and now he says that I cheat because I use Vaseline.”

During their UFC 94 bout, the NSAC was alerted during the intermission prior to the start of the 2ndRound that GSP’s cornermen, trainer Greg Jackson and Muay Thai coach Phil Nurse, were illegally applying lubricant to the shoulders, back and chest of the champion.

Then, during the intermissions before the 3rd and 4thRounds, Commission representatives confronted the cornermen and wiped GSP down with towels before the start of each of those rounds.

“First of all what happened is Phil, he put Vaseline in my face, but then after he didn’t have the Vaseline,” St-Pierre said about their corner’s ritual. “After he put Vaseline in my face, he didn’t put Vaseline in my back. That’s what people don’t understand. He put one hand on my chest and he made a circle behind my back. It helps my breathing.

“When you come back in the corner, sometimes by punching and clinching, your shoulders are stiff,” St-Pierre continued. “So it’s good to massage the shoulders to make the blood flow, you know what I mean? To make it more loose. If you look at Muay Thai fights, in Muay Thai they come back in the corner to get massage[d] to make the blood circulate. It’s the same thing in MMA. You get massage[d] to make the blood flow so you’re more fresh the next round.”

The always classy St-Pierre was understanding as to why Penn is searching for answers, however GSP feels that he is going about it the wrong way. In fact, Penn is just hurting his legacy.

“It’s disrespectful, but BJ is a winner,” St-Pierre said. “I understand a winner’s mentality. A winner’s mentality always tries to understand the reason why he lost. In BJ’s case, he doesn’t do it in a good way. I understand that he tries to understand why he lost, but what he should’ve done instead of looking at things he doesn’t control he should’ve looked at himself in the mirror and asked himself what he should’ve done better to be more well-prepared for that fight to be able to beat Georges St-Pierre instead of looking at me and try to find excuses … BJ right now is doing it all wrong and he’s not going to become a better fighter if he keeps acting like this.”

Penn’s complaint requests for the Commission to hold a formal hearing seeking a laundry list of actions, including fines to St-Pierre, head trainer Greg Jackson, Muay Thai coach Phil Nurse, and unnamed parties for up to $250,000, suspend the licenses of GSP, Jackson, Nurse, as well as the unnamed co-conspirators, change the result of the bout to a “No Contest,” and require St-Pierre to undergo a pre-bout shower to make sure no illegal substances exist on his body.

“I don’t know what to say,” GSP stated. “I have nothing to hide. It pisse[s] me off a little bit. It’s like people are jealous or something … I’m not going to talk bad. I don’t mind. Everything comes up and down in life.”

Many believe that the easiest way to settle the controversy would be to have a third bout between Penn and St-Pierre, and the 170-pound champ agrees wholeheartedly. In fact, he is insisting on it if it would put an end to all of this nonsense.

“Lets go do a rematch with BJ Penn,” St-Pierre emphatically stated. “We’re going to do it this summer. St-Pierre/Penn III — and this time we’ll wear a rash guard. I guarantee you the result will be the same or even worse for him.”

Unfortunately for both, UFC president Dana White has already gone on record stating that although he sees validity in Penn’s beef, a “greased up” GSP didn’t impact the outcome of the beating, therefore there would be no need for a trilogy.

St-Pierre is already slated to defend his 170-pound title at UFC 100 against Thiago Alves, and Penn will be taking on lightweight top contender Kenny Florian when he has recovered from the thrashing he received on January 31st.

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