GSP Vaseline Controversy – Penn to Protest
Georges St-Pierre dominated BJ Penn at UFC 94. However, between rounds GSP’s corner men were reportedly rubbing Vaseline on St-Pierre’s shoulders and back.
Dana White was quoted after the post-fight press conference saying:
I saw the commission jump up there and flip out. They said that one of the guys was rubbing Vaseline on GSP’s back… in between one of the rounds, one and two, I think.
I personally didn’t see it, the commission did. And that’s about as illegal as you can get… I’m sure the commission is going to deal (with it).
You could have put Vaseline on from head to toe, that wasn’t the point, the point was you don’t do it. It’s illegal. The guy who did it needs to be punished, it’s not (St. Pierre’s) fault. The question is what happens to a guy that does that. You’ve got to put the smack down on him. He should lose his license.
It seems that at some point between the first and second rounds, a St. Pierre cornerman allegedly applied Vaseline to St. Pierre’s back, an infraction of the rules.I don’t think that impacted the fight, I don’t.
An NSAC official is clearly shown trying to wipe down GSP between rounds on the UFC 94 telecast.
Penn’s camp alleges St-Pierre’s cornerman was applying Vaseline to his back in between rounds. Josh Gross of Sports Illustrated commented that Rudy Valentino of BJ Penn’s camp stated that Penn will file a complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.