(The greasing heard ’round the world. Photo courtesy of NBC Sports.)
Though Penn wants the fight to be changed to a no-contest, that scenario is unlikely; as NSAC executive director Keith Kizer explained to Sherdog, an MMA bout in Nevada can only be ruled a no-contest after the fact if scorecards were added incorrectly, if a referee or judge was paid off to influence the fight, if the referee misinterpreted a rule that effected the fight’s outcome, or if there was the use of non-approved drugs or steroids. Kizer explained that the actual purpose of today’s hearing was to prevent controversial greasing situations from happening in the future:
Kizer added that BJ Penn’s camp would have to provide "hard evidence" to support their allegations that St. Pierre and his camp conspired to cheat, before he’d file an actual disciplinary complaint against Nurse and Jackson, so it seems like they’re in little danger of being fined or having their licenses suspended. Only St. Pierre’s cornermen are required to be at the NSAC hearing, though Kizer told MMA Junkie that reps from BJ Penn’s camp are also planning to be there in person to plead their case. And despite the potential for a heated shouting match, Kizer wants to keep this nice and civil:
We’ll update you as we know more.