Kizer: Penn yet to file UFC 94 appeal, St. Pierre's corner could face action
While the utter domination of B.J. Penn by Georges St. Pierre during the two champions' UFC 94 main-event bout cannot be questioned, the tactics implemented by the Canadian's team between rounds of Saturday's fight has left the group open for disciplinary action.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that an improper application of Vaseline to St. Pierre's back by his cornermen has already merited a stern warning from the commission, and further actions may follow.
"There was no need for it," Kizer said of the incident in question. "It was disturbing. Where it goes from here, if anything, I don't know."
Immediately following the end of Saturday's UFC 94 bout, reports of an impending appeal to be filed by Penn's camp began to surface. Kizer said that though nothing official has been filed by Penn or his camp, the NSAC was already well aware of the improprieties in question.
Kizer and his team actually began dealing with the possible application of Vaseline to St. Pierre's back and shoulders during the match.
"The first round, one of the inspectors that was on the outside of the cage came over to me and said it looked to him that when the cornerman, who I think in that case was Phil Nurse, put the Vaseline on Georges' face then rubbed his shoulders -- which you see the guys rubbing the other guy's shoulders to help him out -- he didn't wipe off his hands between doing that. I said, 'Well, I'm going to watch very closely after this round.'"
Fabiano Set For WEC 40 Return
Coming off his 3rd-round submission of Top 5 Featherweight Akitoshi Tamura, fellow Top 5 Featherweight Wagnney Fabiano will likely return to action at WEC 40 in April. An opponent for the #4 Featherweight according to WAMMA is TBA.
NSAC Comments on Vaseline Controversy
The sweat had not yet dried when accusations began to fly against welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre after his lopsided victory against B.J. Penn in the UFC 94 main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Not long after his win, St. Pierre and his corner, including trainer Greg Jackson, came under fire for allegedly using a “greasing” agent between rounds. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer on Monday confirmed improprieties had occurred in the champion’s corner after the first and second rounds.
“After the first round, one of my inspectors came to me and told me he thought he saw one of the cornermen -- I believe it was Phil Nurse … after putting Vaseline on [St. Pierre’s] face, he saw him rub his shoulders, and it appeared as though he might not have wiped off his hands,” Kizer said. “After the second round, we observed Mr. Jackson putting Vaseline on Mr. St. Pierre’s face and then putting his hand on his back.”
At that point, Kizer attempted to get Jackson’s attention from outside the cage.
“I don’t think he heard me because of all the noise in the arena, so I immediately walked into the Octagon myself -- I’ve probably done that two other times in my career -- and told him to take his hand off Mr. St. Pierre’s back,” he said. “We took a towel and wiped off his back. After the third round, we went in again and made sure his back and shoulders were wiped off to ensure a level playing field.”
Kizer informed Penn’s camp of the situation after the bout ended. Penn’s manager and brother, J.D., told Sherdog.com on Sunday that the Hawaiian’s camp planned to file a complaint with the NSAC, but, as of Monday afternoon, Kizer had not heard from Penn’s representatives. Penn has 10 days to file...
Jose Aldo vs. Chris Mickle a likely late addition to WEC 39 card
Rising featherweight contender Jose Aldo (13-1), who's won six consecutive fights (including three straight via knockout in the WEC), is expected to meet WEC newcomer Chris Mickle (26-11-1) next month at WEC 39.
Sources close to both fighters today told MMAjunkie.com that the fight is agreed upon, and though not signed, it could be finalized as early as Tuesday.
The bout would fill a spot on the WEC 39 fight card that was vacated with the recent cancellation of a WEC welterweight title fight between champ Carlos Condit and challenger Brock Larson.
Condit was forced off the card with a wrist injury, and he then signed to fight Martin Kampmann in April at UFC Fight Night 18's main event. The signing likely signalizes the elimination of the WEC's welterweight division, which will be absorbed by the UFC's already-stacked 170-pound class.
However, while the Aldo vs. Mickle fight could take a spot on the card, it won't take Condit vs. Larson's previous slot as the co-main event. As MMAjunkie.com recently reported, a bout between Richard Crunkilton and Bart Palaszewski has been promoted to co-headline status.
WEC 39, the organization's first-ever trip to Texas, takes place March 1 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. The night's main card airs on Versus.
Although Aldo, a Brazilian from the Nova Uniao team, has a solid base in grappling, he's put his crowd-pleasing stand-up game to use in recent fights. All three of his WEC victories have come via strikes, which included a second-round TKO of Alexandre Franca Nogueira in June, a third-round TKO of Jonathan Brookins in November, and a first-round knockout of Rolando Perez just eight days ago at WEC 38.
The 22-year-old will now likely meet a fellow youngster in 25-year-old Mickle, a 38-fight veteran who turned pro just four-and-a-half years ago. The Iowa-based submission specialist has fought in just about every major Midwest show and his racked up seven wins (six via submission and one TKO) in his past eight fights. In fact, 22 of his 26 career wins have come via submission, and only one victory has gone to a decision. And he's never been one to shy away from top competition; his list of opponents includes Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, Cole Miller, Rich Clementi and other notables.
Saunders Out, McCrory Tapped As Replacement
Another change has been made for UFC's return to Columbus, OH as Ben Saunders has been forced off the card with a foot injury. Tamdan McCrory has been tapped as a replacement to step in and face newcomer, Ryan Madigan, on the show as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Monday by sources close to the situation.
Currently sporting a 2-2 record in the Octagon, McCrory steps into this bout after a loss to Dustin Hazelett at UFC 91 in November. Ironically enough he will be facing Ryan Madigan, the fighter who replaced Hazelett when he faced an injury and was unable to fight on the card.
UFC 94 Medical Suspensions
The NSAC has just announced the medical suspensions from UFC 94. 4 fighters have been suspended until March, while Chris Wilson got a suspension until July for a broken nose but can be cleared early.
Dana Says "UFC Primetime" Will Return
Following the success of "UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Penn II," which debuted earlier this month and hyped this past weekend's UFC 94 event, UFC President Dana White said the three-part Spike TV series will return for other big fights this year. One obvious option for the next "Primetime" installment is an upcoming title unification bout and rematch between UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim title-holder Frank Mir. The fight is expected to headline UFC 98 in May. "I don't know," White said. "I'd have to think about it. Brock would be rough (to get to cooperate). You thought B.J. was rough?"
Is this the end of BJ Penn?
Before the BJ Penn / GSP fight went down, questions were swirling over what BJ was gonna do if he won the welterweight belt. Would he try to defend both? Give up the lightweight belt? Or would he take both belts and simply retire? The last one seemed like a longshot, but an article from Josh Gross says that it was something BJ seriously considered … and now he’s considering calling it quits anyways:
Kimo Applies For Role As Head Of CSAC
UFC veteran Kimo Leopoldo has put himself forward as a candidate for the vacant post of Executive Officer of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
He put his application in last week and says it was made “in tune with President Obama’s call for much needed change”.
Greg Jackson: St. Pierre rubdown was witchcraft, not cheating
“So in between rounds, (Team St. Pierre’s Steven Friend) had this little drill that you do – and Phil Nurse is the one who knows how to do 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 … 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 … If we were trying to grease the back we’d be greasing up and down, we would make it count. We wouldn’t do a little tiny spot in the back … The whole greasing thing is pretty ridiculous … They check your body before you get into the cage, there’s an inspector right there. In order for us to grease him up, it would be insane. There are cameras everywhere. We don’t cheat. We don’t need to cheat to win.”
Patient Lyoto Machida gunning for Rashad Evans
“Thiago (Silva) is a great fighter, tough, was undefeated too, but my game was really well planned. We knew how he’d come and that was the result of our training. [Next] I’d like to fight with Rashad, but if it’s not possible I don’t pick another opponent. I’ll fight whoever comes. I might think (that I deserve a titleshot), but Dana is our boss and I’ll do whatever he says. It’s good for me because, when I get where I want, I’ll really deserve it”.
St. Pierre Trainer Responds To Allegations
The fighters of Greg Jackson’s team are no strangers to ritual inside the Octagon.
First there’s the “Jackson nipple tweak,” a bizarre, if amusing, twist of the nipples his fighters often do before fighting, believed to prepare them for intense battle inside the Octagon.
Now, there appears to be a new ritual in Jackson’s camp, and it’s the source of controversy following Georges St. Pierre’s rout of B.J. Penn at Saturday’s UFC 94.
St. Pierre’s cornermen, including Jackson, were at the center of a storm at UFC 94 after officials from the Nevada State Athletic Commission approached them during the fight to investigate allegations that they were applying Vasoline to St. Pierre in between round
You know......somehow I believe this after seeing the nipple tweak.
Post fight press conference notes: interest in yamamoto, penn taken to hospital
Sellout, gate of $4.3M.
Lyoto Machida said that he switched up his training some for the fight as far as nutrition and training partners, but didn't indicate there was a significant change in his approach to fighting.
Dana White said that he will wait for the Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine fight before announcing the next title contender for Rashad Evans, so Lyoto Machida won't necessarily be getting a title shot in his next fight. Dana did say he will get one within the year, however.
BJ Penn was taken to the hospital and isn't at the press conference.
2 fights of the night: John Howard vs. Chris Wilson (odd choice, in my opinion) and Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida. Lyoto Machida wins KO of the night. No submission of the night, obviously, since there were no submissions. $65,000 were the rewards.
Dana said Kid Yamamoto has 2 fights left on his Dream contract and he would like to bring him in. Dana also indicated interest in Caol Uno and Ishii and going to Japan.
GSP said he knew he broke BJ Penn after the first round. He noted that BJ always comes out strong in the first round, and GSP wanted to wear him out.
GSP said his primary motivation for fighting is for himself: the satisfaction and challenge of winning. It's always important to find new challenges.
GSP notes that everything that goes up must come down, and thus he enjoys every moment of his career that he has this level of success. He said one day he'll come down too, but hopefully it will be under the terms he wants.
Montreal to host UFC 97 in April
LAS VEGAS - The UFC has confirmed UFC 97 will take place April 18 in Montreal, with middleweight champion Anderson Silva taking on Thales Leites and former light-heavyweight title-holder Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell facing off against Mauricio (Shogun) Rua.
GSP Greased ??!!
Here is a Gif to judge for yourselves...
B.J. Penn's Camp Files Formal Complaint Over Vaseline on St. Pierre's Back Between Rounds
B.J. Penn's camp has filed a formal complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission over Vaseline that was allegedly rubbed on Georges St. Pierre's back between rounds one and two. UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight press conference that he was aware of the complaint, and said he personally witnessed members of the commission take the Vaseline away from GSP's camp and rebuke them in the Octagon between rounds.
"I saw the commission jump up there and flipping out," said Dana White. They 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."
White added that "some Vaseline on a guy's back didn't change the outcome of that fight, but you don't do it," and said the blame should fall on the cornerman responsible and not GSP.
"If a guy was intentionally putting Vaseline on a guy's back, he should never corner a mixed martial arts fight again."
As for what becomes of the complaint now, White said it's out of his hands.
"Who knows. That's up to the commission."
UFC 94 Fighter Salaries
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
– Georges St. Pierre $400,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn $125,000 (win bonus would have been $125,000)
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
– Lyoto Machida $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Thiago Silva $29,000 (win bonus would have been $29,000)
– Jon Jones $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Stephan Bonnar $22,000 (win bonus would have been $22,000)
– Karo Parisyan $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Dong Hyun Kim $26,000 (win bonus would have been $26,000)
– Clay Guida $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz $20,000 (win bonus would have been $20,000)
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
– Jon Fitch $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus) def. Akihiro Gono $28,000 (win bonus would have been $28,000)
– Thiago Tavares $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Manny Gamburyan $14,000 (win bonus would have been $14,000)
– John Howard $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Chris Wilson $15,000 (win bonus would have been $15,000)
– Dan Cramer $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Matt Arroyo $8,000 (win bonus would have been $8,000)
UFC 94 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $1,057,000