Although certain media outlets tried to create a “Greasegate II” at the conclusion of UFC 97, it appears both sides knew about the mishap and allowed the fight to continue after UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was wiped down.
“I saw he had a little Vaseline on his chest and I wiped it from his chest and arms, as I saw him touching them as well,” referee Yves Lavigne told Sherdog.com.
While watching Silva enter the Octagon on Saturday night, SI.com’s Josh Gross wrote, “I’m sorry to say this, but it was pretty obvious that Silva took his hands, wiped down his face and rubbed his chest and arms.”
Gross’ live coverage of the incident started to spread quickly around Internet chat rooms, however has yet to gain the same momentum as the greasing incident that surrounded UFC 94. It appears this situation is getting stopped dead in its tracks.
Lavigne stated that he and Leites’ corner noticed Silva repeatedly touch his face and body during his warm-up around the Octagon. Lavigne stated that Leites’ reps motioned for him to inspect Silva’s body, a standard procedure which Lavigne said he would have executed regardless.
“While I wiped one glove, Silva took the end of the towel and wiped his other glove. He was helping me,” Lavigne said. “Both corners were aware of it and approved [of] it.”
After Lavigne gave the champ a thorough cleaning, he motioned to Leites’ corner and was given a “thumbs up” for approval.
“I took care of it, and the other corner felt OK with it,” said Lavigne.
Lavigne claims that Silva and his corner were genuinely apologetic for the oversight, and they immediately assisted Lavigne once it was brought to their attention.