St. Pierre has had enough.
The UFC welterweight champion should be celebrating the four-round
pummeling he gave lightweight king B.J. Penn last
Saturday at UFC 94 in Las Vegas. Instead, St. Pierre’s had to
defend his integrity amidst allegations that his cornermen
improperly applied Vaseline to the fighter’s shoulders and back
during his first two corner breaks.
“Listen, I never cheated in my life,” an animated St. Pierre told
Sherdog Radio Network’s . “Let me
tell you something, I never said something bad to B.J. 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
The 27-year-old French Canadian, who narrowly bested Penn via split
decision in their first meeting at UFC 58 in March 2006, said
Penn’s contempt is misplaced.
“It’s disrespectful, but B.J. 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 B.J.’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… B.J. 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 attorney, Raffi A. Nahabedian, filed a formal request letter
to the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday, asking that the
regulatory body investigate allegations that St. Pierre was
“greased up” during the bout and impeded the Brazilian jiu-jitsu
black belt’s ability to launch both a proper attack and defense
from his back.
GSP says a third bout
will be even worse for Penn.
During the bout, NSAC officials instructed St. Pierre’s cornermen,
Phil Nurse and Greg Jackson, to cease rubbing the fighter’s
shoulders and back directly after they’d applied Vaseline to the
fighter’s face. St. Pierre said the regimen was meant to enable his
recuperative breathing between rounds.
“First of all what happened is Phil, he put Vaseline in my face,
but then after he didn’t have the Vaseline,” said St. Pierre.
“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
St. Pierre also outlined the importance of being massaged between
“When you come back in the corner, sometimes by punching and
clinching, your shoulders are stiff,” said St. Pierre. “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.”
In the letter filed Tuesday with the NSAC, Penn’s camp also stated
they’d received prior knowledge of St. Pierre’s alleged
Hughes, who lost to St. Pierre in two of their three
welterweight bouts, has been one former opponent of the beloved
Canadian champion to comment publicly about the allegations.
“I’m not saying GSP did something wrong and I’m not saying that it
would have changed any outcomes of any fights; but what I am saying
is, for my last two fights against Georges, he felt greasy,” read a
post on Hughes’ Web site on Tuesday.
St. Pierre seemed shocked by Hughes’ words.
“I don’t know what to say,” he told the “Beatdown” hosts. “The next
fight day they just have to check me. 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. I think Matt Hughes is trying to find
excuses now for going on the way down. I don’t know.”
When asked about giving Penn a rematch in light of the controversy,
St. Pierre didn’t hesitate though.
“Lets go do a rematch with B.J. Penn,” said St. Pierre. “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.”