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UFC revises rules on Vaseline application by cornermen

Fresh off the heels of controversy surrounding the alleged application of lubrication to the body of Georges St. Pierre during this past Saturday’s UFC 94 main event against B.J. Penn, the UFC has ruled that cornermen will no longer be permitted to handle Vaseline in between rounds. Managing Editor David Andrest first heard talk of the possible change during yesterday’s UFC Fight Night 17 weigh-ins and the news has been confirmed by a statement attributed to renowned cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran. The rule change is expected to be effective immediately.

Under the new rules only cutmen who are independent of both corners will be allowed to apply Vaseline to the fighter’s faces in between rounds. Duran did not specify whether or not these rules will apply at all UFC events or just the events that take place in Nevada. However, going by statements made by UFC President Dana White this past week would lead one to assume that these rule changes would be practiced no matter where the UFC holds their events.

The UFC has implemented the new set of rules designed to avoid any more scandals like the one that has been brewing as a result of the St. Pierre vs. Penn fiasco. The controversy stemmed from an formal letter from Penn’s attorney addressed to the Nevada State Athletic Commission requesting that St. Pierre’s corner be invesigated. The Penn camp wants an investigation regarding whether St. Pierre trainers Phil Nurse and Greg Jackson improperly applied Vaseline to the fighter’s back, shoulders, and chest, possibly giving St. Pierre an unfair competitive advantage.

Although NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer has stated that the excess Vaseline was wiped off of St. Pierre after having been called to his attention, Penn still has until Monday to file a formal complaint.

  • Dr. Sardonicus says:

    The UFC made the right move. Cornermen naturally want to give their fighter every advantage; And grease can deter submissions. Remove the grease and temptation is eliminated.. Neutral cutmen are much less likely to cheat.

    No matter whether vaseline affected the outcome of the GSP, BJ Penn bout or not, the controversy highlighted a problem which has now been addressed.

  • jj says:

    Now this BS can never happen again, good move by the UFC.

    If there is anything we can all take away from this mess, it’s that the fans on the internet have the power to change these sorts of things for the better. If the whole internet fanbase hadn’t been whipped into such a frenzy this would have blown over without much mention.

    Now we just need something to deal with the sometime random nature of the judging. The new Japanese open scoring system is interesting, because it actually holds judges accountable for their results. Some people don’t like it because it’s not a surprise at the end, but really how exciting is a decision anyways unless its after an epic battle (which rarely go to decision anyways)? Another plus side is a fighter really knows what he needs to do in order to win the fight, how many people have been hosed by surprise decisions? It seems to happen often to certain guys like Chris Lytle.

  • dualdiagnosis says:

    The UFC is on it, good job.

    Small point Bryan, Kizer and the commission were unable to get to GSP after Vaseline was applied to him between the 1st and 2nd rounds. He entered round two with Vaseline on him, nobody was able to wipe him down.

    That incident is what caused the commission to be on their toes, they were able to make attempts at wiping it off later.

  • MMAsubb says:

    I agree, a timely and intelligent way to deal with the situation.

  • Grappo says:

    Now they just need to clarify the actual rules.

  • Loveshow says:

    That Greasy Canadian flat out cheated in UFC 94 and everybody knows it now! It is also a well known FACT to any grapler in the art of BJJ that without beaing able to defend from the gaurd (because of a grased up opponent) you have a VERY good chance of loosing to a seasoned striker who has you oin your back. Yes GSP is a GREAT fighter and outclassed Penn in a LOT of way isn that fight….but c’mon….cheating is cheating. He didnt NEED to cheat to win. But the fact that the footage shows he was practicaly lathered in

    I say YES to an IMEDIATE Re-Match Penn vs St Pierre lll
    And yes…it should be on the house! Imagine the free veiwers tunning in for that one.


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