Major GSP-Vaseline Controversy, Big '09 Fights, Penn Retiring?
By Ryan Clark | February 05, 2009
-- UFC President tells FanHouse.com that 2009 will be a huge year for the company: "We've got Mir and Lesnar coming up, we've got possibly Rashad and Rampage, or if it's not Rashad and Rampage it'll be Rashad and Lyoto, which I think will be a very good card too. We've got all big fights — Randy Couture's gonna fight again this year. We've got a lot of big cards this year … Also, Kenny Florian and BJ is going to be a big fight … I can't see — BJ, to me, is not the type of person who's going to have a fight like he just had and walk away from his belt at 155. I can't see that happening … I wouldn't have been shocked if BJ had won both titles and then retired. That wouldn't have shocked me. But after the way that went down, I can't see him retiring."
-- The big story in the UFC this week is the aftermath of the Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn fight from last weekend. Penn was unable to continue after four rounds of abuse last at UFC 94, however GSP's corner has been accused of rubbing Vasaline on the champ's back in between rounds, which is illegal and would have made it harder to BJ Penn to grapple with him. GSP's camp is pleading ignorance and claims any grease that was applied to his back was unintentional. Former welterweight champion Matt Hughes is now speaking out about the GSP-Vaseline saga with some startling comments from his official blog: I'm not the only one who has said that GSP felt greasy during a fight. I know Matt Serra has mentioned it and, even in their first fight, I think BJ said something. I'm not saying GSP did something wrong and I'm not saying that it would have changed any outcomes of any fights; but what I am saying is, for my last two fights against Georges, he felt greasy.