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Penn Dazed and Confused

Written by Tom Ngo
March 18th, 2009
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After yesterday’s two-hour long powwow with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and representative from Georges St-Pierre’s camp, UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn left the meeting confused about what happened, and more importantly, what’s going to happen.

“Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect,” Penn stated after Tuesday’s meeting. “We didn’t even know if we were going to get a chance to talk, but honestly I don’t even know exactly what happened yet. I’ve still got to sit down with the lawyers and see. I don’t even know how to judge this or gauge this. I’m a fighter, not a litigator.”

The Commission’s committee members heard directly from both sides yesterday, however appeared more interested in preventing something like this from occurring again, rather than bringing resolution to this two-month long incident.

“It seemed like the commission knew about how we can help the commission and the sport move forward with some rules, and that’s definitely great,” Penn said. “We want to help the sport as much as we can, and that’s why we’re here. But we’re definitely interested to find out what’s going on with my fight and … what is (the commission’s) opinion on what happened.”

If you have been hiding under a rock for the past 60 days, immediately following his humbling loss to St-Pierre in late January, Penn and his camp flung accusations towards GSP and Co. that they were illegally greasing him up during their UFC 94 rematch.

“I still want my fair fight,” Penn stated about not being able to sincerely avenge his 2006 loss to GSP. “I didn’t get my fair fight. I want my fair shot. That’s why I’m so adamant about those things.

“I was just wondering what you guys thought about the intention,” Penn added. “I know you guys said this is a learning process … was there any intention by these guys to create an unfair fight?”

At this time, it doesn’t appear that Penn will be receiving the vindication that he was hoping for. If anything, his protest will help the sport moving forward, not overturn anything that has happened in the past.

“It’s up to the Commission to decide how much further they want to formally go on this,” NSAC executive director Keith Kizer said after the meeting concluded. “They could make regulatory changes, they could issue some sort of directive to me or the inspectors or referees to handle situations differently.”

Penn’s complaint requested for the Commission to fine 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 before future fights to make sure no illegal substances exist on his body.

However at this point in time, Penn’s case isn’t strong enough to warrant Kizer to do any of that.

“I have no plans to bring anything against anybody in this case,” Kizer said.

Afterwords, Penn addressed the welterweight champion’s harsh words regarding his disgust with Penn for filing a grievance after suffering such a humiliating loss.

“…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 …,” St-Pierre stated last month.

Penn feels that if GSP is truly innocent, then he shouldn’t care if Penn requests an investigation or not. The truth shall set him free.

“If you have a problem with me making a formal complaint, what does that say about yourself? If you have a problem with me questioning if somebody cheated or not, what does that say about yourself?” Penn asked. “If [St-Pierre] didn’t cheat, the truth will come out; he will be acquitted. If he did cheat, the truth will come out; he will get in trouble.”

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