Georges St-Pierre’s trainer Greg Jackson on Monday commented to MMA Weekly on the application of Vaseline to St-Pierre’s back during his main event victory over BJ Penn on Saturday at UFC 94:
“So in between rounds, (‘witch doctor’ Steven Friend) had this little drill that you do – and (cornerman) Phil Nurse is the one who knows how to do it – he showed Phil, and this is what Georges wanted, so we did that. But this is why we were doing it. He rubbed your back and tapped your chest; I don’t know exactly how it works. But anyways, what that’s supposed to do is get your energy in line, or motivated or whatever. So in between rounds, we had Phil Nurse do that.
“The controversy came because Phil Nurse also was putting Vasoline on Georges’ eyebrows. In between rounds, you always want to put on Vasoline on (a fighter’s face). So Phil Nurse put all the Vasoline on his face, so his hands might have had a miniscule amount left over from that, when he went around the side and rubbed a little point on his back, and tapped on his chest.
“At that point, somebody in the audience thought we were greasing George down, and ran over and told the commission that we were greasing his body down. The commission came in and said ‘you can’t grease him down,’ which didn’t work. They said ‘you’re putting Vasoline on his back,’ and Phil’s like, ‘oh, there might be a little on my fingers, but it wasn’t intentional at all, and of course they wiped it right off and it was gone, so it wasn’t a factor in the fight at all.”
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer informed MMA Junkie on Monday that Penn has not yet officially filed an appeal and, while St-Pierre’s corner could face disciplinary action, GSP’s victory is unlikely to be overturned:
“If they do file something, we’ll obviously deal with it in due course. Whether or not the commission wants to do anything on their own initiative, other than what we’ve already done, obviously, in giving them a very, very stern warning, (I don’t know). Anytime you have disciplinary action, it could involve a suspension. It could involve a fine. It could involve a revocation. But it’s a little premature to be talking about that. They can definitely file a complaint against the cornerman. But that’s probably it. I don’t know. We’ll see. I don’t see any basis to protest the decision, but you can definitely complain against the actions of the cornerman.