Vaseline-gate ... is it an issue?
I've been out of commission for the past few days due to a bout with pneumonia, but one of the biggest questions coming out of UFC 94 is how much of an effect Georges St. Pierre's greasing had on his fight against BJ Penn.
Apparently, Penn complained about St. Pierre being slippery early in the fight, which led Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Keith Kizer to give St. Pierre's corner a "stern talking to." It looked like a vaseline-like substance was being rubbed on St. Pierre's chest and back between rounds. You can find more on the story in this LA Times report. SI.com has St. Pierre's side to the story.
Dana White acknowledged the controversy after the fight, lending it credibility, before brushing it off. White said it didn't play a big role in the fight, but that you still shouldn't be doing it.
Penn's camp has yet to file a formal appeal (and reportedly will not), but does this tarnish GSP's victory at all? Or is it a crutch for angered Penn supporters?
I'm inclined to side with the group saying it wouldn't have made a difference in the fight and that St. Pierre was going to win regardless, but if a member of the athletic commission has to say something to your corner during the fight, that cannot be ignored.
Where do you come down on Vaseline-gate? Certainly is disappointing to have this conversation after what should've been a big night for GSP.