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BJ Penn Wants to Bring ‘Greasegate’ Dispute to an Actual Court of Law


When BJ Penn said "to the death" before his UFC 94 welterweight championship bout against Georges St. Pierre, we thought he meant fight to the death, not litigate to the death. While the rest of the MMA world has long since lost interest in Penn’s claim that GSP enjoyed a vaseline-related advantage during their match in January, Penn himself is working to get the issue moved from Nevada State Athletic Commission hearings to a Nevada court.

During a NSAC hearing on Wednesday, the commission acknowledged receipt of four documents submitted by Penn’s attorney Raffi Nahabedian and his mother Lorraine Shin — among them a request for a full accounting of the evidence that Keith Kizer used in deciding not to file a formal complaint with the commission against Georges St. Pierre, and (this one’s important) a request for a definitive statement on the commission’s decision regarding disciplinary action and/or sanctions to be taken against St. Pierre and his cornermen, Greg Jackson and Phil Nurse.

From an MMA Junkie report:

While addressing the NSAC, Penn’s attorney appeared anxious to exhaust all avenues of action from the commission in order to take his complaint to a different venue.
"This whole process, and I’ve indicated this to you before, is relating to the administrative procedures – that we have to exhaust administrative procedures for us to move forward with this issue," Nahabedian said. "I need to have the commission make a definitive statement as to their decision, and I would request that the commission provide us with information relating to these motions represented because they are directed to the commission. They’re not directed to anybody else."

Bloody Elbow puts the situation in in layman’s terms:

In order to bring this issue into a Nevada court, Penn must exhaust all administrative remedies. His lawyer is trying to urge a swift judgment that he knows will be adverse so he can take the next step and bring suit. NSAC for its part appears to be in no hurry to take any action…Maybe he’s trying to bring down St. Pierre out of spite, or maybe he’s trying to get himself a rematch with St. Pierre. The latter sounds a bit conspiratorial, but it would be an interesting strategy to file suit and then dropping it upon St. Pierre agreeing to fight him again.

Meaning, he’d try to bleed GSP out in court until he gets what he wants, just like the UFC did to Randy Couture last year. Yes, that sounds insane, but Penn seems to have lost his marbles over his loss to St-Pierre, and I wouldn’t put anything past him at this point; he’s firmly lodged in the "bargaining" phase, so to speak. But at least he has his mom to help out with court appearances. After all, Penn does have a pretty big fight in August to worry about, and he needs to be more focused on the future than the past.

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Da Truth- May 18, 2009 at 9:04 am
Why dosnt he just make it easier on us all and change his name to 'B J BITCH'
sadly enough i still see him thrashing kenflo and then calling GSP out in interview...
Komodo- May 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm
TO THE DEATH!! To the ass.

Enough of this stupid shit already.

My_Fight_Wiffa_Cheeto- May 16, 2009 at 8:21 am
Again with the fucking greasegate... or Lubrigate. Any chance BJ had at being a UFC Hall of Famer or having a tremendous legacy as one of the greatest fighters ever completely gone.

Quit your crying. Start training for Ken-Flo at a real camp and crush him... Seriously BJ. If you lose to Ken-Flo you're done. Fucking done. Get out of that alcoholic's garage, take your ass to Xtreme Couture or ATT and DO FUCKING WORK, SON!!!
Chaplin- May 16, 2009 at 2:06 am
after seeing aina bitch out last night i'm really starting to have a problem with hawaiian fighters
Amsterdaam- May 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm
BJ looks like a little baby Buddah in that pic.
Pure Karate- May 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm
Your Honor, the people of Nevada would like to file a motion of Who Gives a Shit.
fightfan- May 15, 2009 at 2:21 pm
Sorry for the double

But, I wouldnt be surprised if his gang of lackeys didnt already leave his side. Pretty soon all he will have left is mommy and daddy and his brother and wife on his side
fightfan- May 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm
I never thought I would ever feel this way about BJ. I have always been a GSP fan, but Bj WAS one of my top 5 fighters until this crap. He is such a whiny crybaby. The commission that OVERSEAS the fights and is RESPONSIBLE for the fights/fighters in the Octagon SAID that there is NOTHING to pursue and NO penalties or laws have been broken.

I really, really, really hope Florian beats the living dogshit out of Penn. I used to think Hughes had a swelled ego,but this tops all. He is losing what few fans he has left. I cant wait to hear how loud he is booed when he fights FLorian....that is IF he even goes through with it. I wouldnt put it past him to back out.

I actually hope FLorian ends his career as a fighter.

Anderson Silva BLATANTLY wiped vaseline from his face and put it ALL OVER his chest and shoulders and back/body. And, Leites, with his ONLY way for a victory was via BJ Penn method(BJJ), said no biggee, just wipe him down briefly. BJ is looking like the biggest pussy over all of this. And this comes from someone who used to respect the hell out of this guy.

WAR Florian. Beat the living dogshit out of him!!!
Anhonestmoose- May 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm
i think at this point bj figures he has lost all the fans that he can lose, so he may as well try to satisfy his own ego by clinging to what he has left.
PHELPS- May 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm
@Criminally Negligent

So my analysis was correct for the most part. I hope he spends all his money on this garbage and loses his fan base. Its ridiculous. BJ smells. That is all
Polish- May 15, 2009 at 1:25 pm
GSP should be in Ken-flos corner juggling jars of Vaseline...
Meohfumado- May 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm
Karma is gonna' kick BJ in the ballz when KenFlo beats him because he was focused and prepared, unlike BJ who is still obsessed with trying to excuse his pathetic performance against GSP.

If KenFlo wants to make this a slamdunk, he needs to get GSP in his corner for that fight. It'd be priceless!!
Ubernoober- May 15, 2009 at 1:12 pm
This one's going all the way to the Supreme Court!!
Criminally Negligent- May 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm
@ Phelps

At best, a court could order the commission to overturn GSPs win but that is very very unlikely. Courts give a lot of deference to administrative agency rulings unless the ruling is clearly wrong aka against a statute or without any reasoning. The court will probably defer to the "expertise" of the commission and since they've decided it's not worth pursuing that's probably the end of it. As far as BJ's lawyers are concerned, they keep arguing until BJ gets tired or stops paying them even though the case is a loser. BJ is the client so they have to do what he wants, they can advise him that it's a loser but at the end of the day, the client is the boss.
Dakyn- May 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm
I'd like to make a request that we stop referring to Penn's defeat by GSP as "Penn's loss" and from now on call it "Penn's complete fucking ass-raping" which is the real reason Penn is crying so hard about it. It's not that he lost, it's that he got SCHOOLED.
hooligun- May 15, 2009 at 1:05 pm
sad cunt. his lawyer is milking him and he doesn't even see it.
PHELPS- May 15, 2009 at 1:01 pm
@Criminally Negligent

Ok, you seem to have some knowledge of the procedures... So whats the point? Does he think an appelate court would even give a shit enough to overturn an mma ruling from the sports commission? I would imagine thats very far fetched, and he probably just has lawyers that want him to keep going so they can take his money. If thats the case, good, i hope he blows a ridiculous amount on this bullshit and looks like an even bigger asshole at the end of the day when he loses. I can't see any self respecting attorney imagining this being a good idea or a plausible win.
DbHK- May 15, 2009 at 12:57 pm
I can't wait to see Kenny pull the upset and win a decision over BJ. I despise the guy on all levels and I can't wait until he fades away from Mixed Martial Arts.
Georges St-Pierre- May 15, 2009 at 12:57 pm
BJ, you could not handle my riddum and that is why you lost.
LoneWolf- May 15, 2009 at 12:55 pm
@ Jay Smith

Criminally Negligent- May 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm
After the commission rules against him, BJ's next action in court would actually be against the commission itself not GSP. BJ would have to sue the commission and argue that the commission made a wrong decision not to take action against GSP. So dragging this out has no affect on GSP at all. He wouldn't be the adverse party in any court action and wouldn't have to pay any court costs... that makes this situation different that the UFC v. Randy fiasco.
chacaoi- May 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm
looks that BJ canĀ“t accept his loss to gsp....get over it, you lost, you got beaten up, what a baby
kovith- May 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm
BJ, you lost, you got beaten up by GSP, not the Vaseline!!!!!
Jay Smith- May 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm
Well said LoneWolf, well said.
El Famous Burrito- May 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm
He needs to come in Philly dressed as Santa Claus.