Worked Shoot #8: The Georges St. Pierre Greasing Controversy
by Dynamite Duane on 2 March 2009
By now I am sure you are all aware who came out the victor between BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre in their Welterweight Title clash at UFC 94. Despite what appeared to be a clear-cut finish not all parties involved agree due to accusations from Penn’s team of Pierre’s camp bending the rules.
Below is the story so far:
UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, whose recent loss to Georges St. Pierre remains mired in controversy, recently released a video to document the allegations that his opponent “greased up” during the fight.
Last month, within minutes of St. Pierre’s fourth-round TKO victory at UFC 94, the allegations began.
However, what at first may have seemed like sour grapes from Penn gained instant credibility when Nevada State Athletic Commission executives admitted they had to warn and even wipe down St. Pierre between rounds because of his corner’s use of Vaseline.
While Vaseline is only permitted to be applied to a fighter’s face, corner men for St. Pierre appeared to apply small amounts of the petroleum jelly to the fighter’s shoulders, chest and back.
Penn’s video, promoted on his website BJPenn.com, shows clips of the Vaseline apparently being applied, and even the commission executives wiping St. Pierre down.
The nearly seven-minute video also includes interviews with St. Pierre’s former opponents, including Sean Sherk (who jokes that St. Pierre seemed oiled up), as well as other excerpts from recent coverage of the incident.
In a recent letter to the NSAC asking for an investigation, Penn claimed his primary weapon in the fight was his Jiu-Jitsu. He claimed his opponent’s slick body essentially took away that weapon, and he’s since campaigned for a third fight with St. Pierre, who also defeated Penn in 2006.
While obviously one-sided in nature, Penn’s video has been gaining some steam the past 24 hours and proven persuasive with many fans.
The video can viewed HERE.
So according to the video evidence there is good cause to say Pierre’s win was not a clean win giving good reason for a rematch. Have we seen the end of BJ Penn’s rivalry with George St. Pierre? No. While things are still hot from their last encounter a rematch for a few months time needs to fixed on the calendar now to cash in on what is sure to be another big money drawing match up continuing their feud.
GSP and Penn III BJ Penn wants it, the UFC want it and the fans want it!
Hey even if Penn’s chances are slim against Pierre he still deserves another chance to prove himself on an even playing field.