BJ Penn’s Team Furious With The Vaseline Rubbed On Georges St. Pierre’s Back In Between Rounds At UFC 94

BJ Penn's camp has filed a complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the excessive Vaseline that was being rubbed all over Georges St. Pierre's back.  According to the report, St. Pierre's corner was rubbing Vaseline on his back in between rounds and that affected Penn's performance during the fight.  Not only did it affect Penn while he was wrestling St. Pierre, but the fact that he wasn't able to perform well with his Jiu-Jitsu played a huge factor as well.  Penn is well known for his rubber guard, but the slippery St. Pierre wouldn't allow Penn to implement his ground game. 

St. Pierre dominated Penn throughout all four rounds on Saturday night.  The Canadian used his strength to outwrestle and take down Penn in numerous instances.  He then used his 'ground and pound' skills to wear down the UFC lightweight champion.  Although St. Pierre retained his UFC welterweight title, the huge controversy now is that Penn was not able to fight his game because of the Vaseline that was applied on St. Pierre's back.

Snip from Dana White during the UFC 94 post-fight press conference:

"I saw the commission jump up there and flipping out…hey said one of the guys was rubbing Vaseline on Georges' back in between rounds.  It was one and two, I think…The guys from the athletic commission went up there and started
screaming at them.  Knocked the Vaseline and kicked the Vaseline out of
the Octagon…some Vaseline on a guy's back didn't change the outcome of that fight, but you don't do it…If a guy was intentionally putting Vaseline on a guy's back, he should never corner a mixed martial arts fight again….(in regards to what happens now?)…who knows.  That's up to the commission."


  1. Danny

    February 1, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    There you again… BJ PENN is once again a crying little pussy. He couldn’t beat the guy, and instead he got beaten like little school kid, and now hes making all these debtcee dudle exceses.
    Listen BJ Crap. Your pussy got slapped and slapped bad and hard, take it like a man and stop crying like a little girl you bitch.
    The bitch sounds like Tania Harding when she has blamed the whole thing on her skates.

  2. Danny

    February 2, 2009 at 12:02 am

    May be it’s time for BJ Penn to go back to fucking Hawai and play Hula Hoop and eat some more Mahi Mahi Fish so he’ll be stronger when his cany ass getting kicked again. The nerve on this guy! He must be having some brain injury being beat up by St. Piere he must be suffering from paranoia.

  3. Dude

    February 2, 2009 at 6:41 am

    “Penn is famous for his superb submissions off of his back”. Does the author ever seen any of BJ’s fights? Name one time he’s ever submitted anyone off his back. The vaseline was already wiped off by the NSAC, BJ got his behind kicked by gsp. End of story.

  4. chris

    February 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    BJ is not known for is superb submission but for his impassible guard. he also has the best rubber guard in the game. if you didnt notice GSP was slippig out of his guard like nothing… that doesnt happen with bj unless you have a little help. You cant say the vasaline didnt help because it was there. the first round was very close and there was no vasaline. GSP broke the rules if you research a bit you will see that this isnt the first time this has happened. now gsp did [put on a performance but you cant say what would have happened if there was no vasaline because there was.
    oh yeah and hula hoop is not from hawaii and saying mahi mahi fish is like saying pitbull dog. it just makes you sound like an idiot.

  5. Gord

    February 2, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    GSP is not a ‘Frenchman’, he’s Canadian. And he spanked BJ pretty good. If BJ thinks Vaseline robbed him of his fight, let’s let the commission rule on it. Who wouldn’t want to see a rematch? Well, maybe BJ, because the result would probably be the same. Oh and Chris? reading your post dosen’t make you look like a brain surgeon either. Maybe a dictionary and Mavis Beacon would help…………

  6. LL

    February 3, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Any fighter knows that by not replying to the Doctor when being asked questions (as BJ did), the fight must be stopped, as the Doctor was unable to assess BJ’s mental condition…Because of this fact, BJ took the easy way out and quit! And, by the way, every corner uses Vaseline…But I didn’t know Vaseline can contribute to a person fatiguing themselves out; or that it would prevent a fighter from defending themselves in the stand-up action…After hearing of the Vaseline b.s., I think my grand-father said it best: “A warrior is someone of honour, who does not seek death but is neither afraid of it…BJ Penn is definitely not a warrior, but simply a little whiner!”

  7. oxmix

    February 3, 2009 at 8:27 am

    i dont know what you guys know of mma or care really.but bj is not a 170lb fighter.he steps up to fight bigger guys.which is risky and look what happend razor thin decision first time(not sure so thin),and bad use of the vaseline on st.pierre;s corner.i did some wretling in highschool and whooped everyone in my weightclass…so i wrestled next 2 weight classes,basically i did well till i met the people who were skilled AND heavier,but some larger more levarage types go the better of me,its hard to use techinique on guys that outweigh fooling gsp is very very good,the best even.but i doubt he would have so much as a hope at 205lbs.somthing to think about.

  8. oxmix

    February 3, 2009 at 8:43 am

    me again..iv’e read some other forums and cant believe whats being said of penn.if penn didnt say anything then the fight would have been less anticipated,gsp is too nice in his words,almost to the point where ya can sorta tell he,s being told what return smack to say to the from canada…i like gsp.plain and simple peoples favorite penn comes up in weight to make everyone alot richer,end result was easily forseen,but shht dont say that it wont sell tickets if you pop the bubble,let them thikn he had a chance to beat the hands down champ of that stop please the bashing of penn.i dare you to show me anyone in any pugilist sprt that has jumped weight lik ethat and survived….and no i wont accept guys who grew into the weight because they were young.later suckers .you got tricked into thinking he had a chance…

  9. Gord

    February 3, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Yeah, BJ stepped up in weight class. Good for him. It’s not risky; I’m 205, and have wrestled guys up to 80 pounds heavier and beat them. My complaint with Penn isn;t his skill, or his weight- he is simply a mouthy trash-talker, who, regardless of the fact that he is extremely tough and very highly skilled, can’t always back up his words. He can totally dominate at 155, where he belongs. But he has to beak off about GSP to sella fight or try to look cool. I think the guy has a Napoleon complex.

  10. jaryoc

    February 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    While BJ did get his ass whooped it’s wrong to place the fault of wrong doing on him and his fans. GSP cheated! Just because you believe he didn’t have too – which I tend to agree with also – does not mean he didn’t cheat. That just makes it all the more stupid that he did cheat. What people should be talking about it is the fact that GSP or his corner man or both cheated. The argument about whether he would’ve won without was completely tarnished the second they decided to slop vasaline all over his body.

  11. Kelly

    February 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    To all you dumb fuckin cry babies who have nothing to do but rag on BJ, talking about what a whiner he is or that he’s such a pussy I wish you were brave enough to talk all your smack right in front of him, so that I could see him rip the shit out of you!!

  12. Kevan

    February 3, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Look, If GSP didn’t have to cheat…then why did he? If He felt so in control after the first round…then why lather up with vasoline? Because he obviously “felt” the need to cheat! Of course B.J. Penn was exhausted…..ever try to wrestle a greased pig?….gotta squeeze 3 times as hard to get 1/10 the affect. This ain’t difficult….he got caught in the act of cheating …by the commission….you loose. now go wipe some vasoline on your arm and see if it’s still not slippery once you have “wiped” it off! Knuckleheads…he’s a cheater…he should be banned from fighting again.

  13. dennis

    February 4, 2009 at 3:38 am

    GSP did kick the crap out of BJ and I’m a BJ fan…but, it’s the Nevada State Athletic Commission that caught GSP’s corner rubbing the vaseline on his back intentionally or not, a rule was broken that COULD give GSP an unfair advantage. I have respect for GSP on his gracious reactions after the fight and he didn’t showboat but breaking a rule is breaking a rule. All you BJ haters would be feeling the same way if you were in his shoes especially when MMA is your life! Think about it….

  14. Travis

    February 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    The rule on vaseline is you cannot have EXCESSIVE vaseline on you. The athletic commission wiped GSP down after every round. If they had no problem with him entering the ring then what is the complaint. GSP didn’t need to cheat to beat BJ, GSP is biger, and stronger, and he flat out won the fight. He goes to his corner to get water and to get his breath, it is not his fault if a cornerman was stupid and put grease on him. It doesn’t matter anyway, the commission guys were there and WIPED HIM OFF. Get over it, your hero BJ lost.

  15. Jamez

    February 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Both fighters would sweat alot as well, and the commission guys wiped him down, so what? Why even bother having a GSP vs PENN III?? It’s not they dipped him in a vat of the stuff…

  16. Rick

    February 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Watched the fight three times, BJ gets his ass kicked every round. Can’t believe BJ’s camp is using this as a excuse. He is such a sore loser. Not to say it was right but I do believe it was not done on purpose, why would they try and cheat right in front of the comission standing right there. It would of been a minimal amount of vaseline if any on his back. They did rub his back down with a towel when he stands up before the start of the round. GSP said he will fight him again – BJ would just get pumped stay at 155.

  17. Jon

    February 4, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    If this infraction was such a big deal why didn’t the commission start there own investigation into it. Why did it take BJ sending in a letter for them too get on this. Are they not there to protect the fighters! Why should he have to complain before they did anything. I like both of the these fighters but I was cheering for GSP in this one. If his team did misuse the vasoline I would definately want them to punish the team & I would hope there would be some kind of rematch. Whether it is BJ trying to take the belt or GSP trying to redeem himself by winning it back if he is stripped of it. GSP vs Penn 3….I’ll watch that!

  18. Alan

    February 6, 2009 at 11:49 am

    This is funny! If Penn wasn’t an American he’d have 0 people trying vainly to validate his claims. Every time he tries to throw up a leg GSP has his face pressed up against BJ’s chest as you are shown to do in practice. BJ Penn was completely unable to hook an arm or leg for that matter so now its GSP’s guys were hosing him down in Vaseline from head to toe while the entire attendance was watching the ring card girl? What about BJ’s much hyped jab? That was replaced by GSP’s in a big way so I’d have to guess that the shifty Canadian must have used lighter gloves too(rumors of Canadian 0 mass gloves are true then)!!! While we’re at it might as well throw in steroids, stimulants and witchcraft.
    BJ Penn was screwed the second he was taken to ground. He did nothing that wasn’t done infinitely better by GSP other than offering up the back of his head for a reprieve from all those punches. He CHOSE to not answer the last round and THAT has to be what’s got him making excuse after excuse after excuse after excuse after excuse… The only other thing he could possibly say is “He didn’t beat me, I gave up!” and that wouldn’t salvage his ego which it seems is worth a lot more to him than his honor.

  19. oxmix

    February 8, 2009 at 4:02 am

    alan,s post sums it up.i like gsp.s comment on how he planned to wrestle some blood into his shoulders and slow down his punching speed/ accuracy,wow very smart and true.he had a wicked game plan tailored for bj.he took a few in round one but after a few take downs bj wasn,t punching anymore.the more i review it the more i like the guy.i still think that bj had to make weight on the more natural gsp.but whatever.there would still be open weightclasses like the early 90,s if it was sporting.

  20. JD

    February 13, 2009 at 12:53 am

    danny ur a moron. the way u trash talk it seems like your almost saying u can take on pj penn and its YOU CANT, the only person talking trash right now is you, the only person bitching like a little girl is you. WATCH HIM RUB YOU FUCKING AZN

  21. PC

    February 21, 2009 at 12:18 am

    BJ asked for this fight, BJ lost this fight, I personally think BJ is embarrased that he couldn’t or wouldn’t finish the fight. He was just outclassed by the bigger and better fighter. I don’t know why anyone would get pissed off if there was to be a rematch, let Dana personally inspect each fighter before each round starts if it makes Penn happy, and let us all enjoy BJ getting his ass whipped again.

  22. PC

    February 21, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Me again, what happened to “I will fight you to the death” BJ? And all you guys know, (just watch the fight again) vaseline or not, like it made a difference, BJ would have been smart to shut his mouth instead of asking for this ass whoopin’ and stay in 155. Remember how this fight came about – BJ asked GSP to fight him period. Don’t be rediculous and say GSP should try fighting 205 or mabey even Lesner if you Penn fans had your way. Weight classes were put in place for a reason!

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