Despite a controversy surrounding one of his biggest stars, UFC President Dana White has not shied away from addressing allegations that the corner for UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre applied Vaseline to his chest, neck, and shoulders between rounds one and two as well as rounds two and three during his UFC 94 bout vs. B.J. Penn.
“I saw the commission jump up there and flipping out,” White is quoted as saying during the post-fight press conference for UFC 94. “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.”
And in a recent interview with WAAF FM in Boston, White stated that he did not believe the alleged infractions impacted the outcome of the bout but still felt compelled to criticisize St. Pierre’s corner.
“I think that using grease or Vaseline is completely illegal, but in this case I don’t think it made a difference in that fight,” White began to say on the air. “I know Georges St. Pierre. He’s not a cheater. He wanted this fight so bad to prove that he was the best fighter in the world. He completely dominated that fight. It had nothing to do with grease… The athletic commission is looking into it. You can not rub grease on any part of the body besides the face. [The Nevada States Athletic Commission] took all our camera work from all the different angles and is looking into it. This is the case of a stupid cornerman. The cornerman did it and he is going to be held accountable for it… Anything can happen to his cornerman – everything from a fine to never being able to work in the corner again.”