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Define Greasing: Anderson Silva and the unspoken incident at UFC 97

I’m going to make this short and sweet. First of all, in no way by stating the following facts am I implying that Anderson Silva was intentionally trying to gain some kind of advantage by transferring the lubricant applied to his face onto his body. For all I know he may felt like it was excessive to the point where it may have been a distraction and just wanted to get rid of some of the excess grease. I should also probably state that I don’t feel as if the outcome of the bout would have been any different if Silva had taken a vaseline shower immediately prior to entering the cage.

With that being said, it strikes me as extremely odd that there has been no real report of what was blatantly apparent on Saturday evening’s live UFC broadcast.

Just after having the vaseline applied to his face prior to entering the cage for his UFC 97 title defense against Thales Leites, Silva rubbed his hands over the ointment and wiped them all over his chest, stomach and arms four separate times upon entering the octagon. The entire ordeal took about twelve seconds in plain view of the pay-per-view cameras. The UFC middleweight champion rubbed the grease from his face to his body one more time just as his name was announced.

Following the enormous Grease-Gate scandal that followed the second B.J. Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre battle where GSP and his corner were called out because of one cornerman’s decision to wipe a small portion of grease on the welterweight champion’s chest, back and shoulders, it seems strange that there were so few that have paid the recent incident with Silva much, if any attention.

Is it only greasing if a fighter’s cornerman is the guilty party? Do greasing restrictions not apply in Canada? While I will be the first to admit that the sport doesn’t need another incident such as this, something must be said about the perceived double standard.

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