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If You Ain’t Cheating, You Ain’t Trying: M-1 Fighter Maxim Grishin Busted Using Bengay Before Friday Night’s Bout

At least he won’t be a sore loser.  (Photo:

Cheating in MMA is actually pretty common, but it generally rears its head in minor infractions such as grabbing the cage, punches to the back of the head, and all-things Cheick Kongo. Cheating before a bout is also somewhat common, but it usually involves creative diet supplementation or concerns over greasing.

In a move straight out of the 1993 Vale Tudo circuit in Rio, Maxim Grishin, one of the two men vying for M-1′s coveted Heavyweight Interim Champion title on Friday night, was caught getting the ol’ Bengay rub down prior to his bout with Kenny Garner. If you’re not aware, that’s a no-no.

As reported by

According to Garner’s striking coach, Paulie “Gloves” Gavoni, the team immediately sensed something amiss as they were warming up in the locker room.

“One of our guys walked by and smelled the aroma of Bengay in the back,” Gavoni explained to MMA Nation. “So we had the commissioner check and they had to wipe the Bengay off (Grishin) before he walked in there.”

“They were rubbing it on his legs,” said the corner-man who spotted the infraction. “As soon as they noticed I was there, he took off back into the dressing room.”

As we mentioned yesterday, if Grishin’s legs were sore it wasn’t from an excessive cardio routine, as the fighter eventually halfheartedly tapped to punches and fatigue after a plodding affair that saw both men exhausted early on. Had the violation not been noticed, things could have gotten very interesting during the fight; moments before he tapped out, Grishin’s armbar and triangle choke attempts put his legs on and around Garner’s eyes.

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BattleBorn- October 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

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Dan The Viking- October 18, 2011 at 8:46 am
Now I just feel like an asshole. Site is going in favorites.
Todd M- October 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm
@ Charles Mc C, yeah don't listen to us computer jockies, u've done your time, good for you for living your dream. I honestly thought that u were just here to spruik your site so I got a little cuntish but if your one of the fam I've got nothing but love for ya, good luck with your new career. PS. Drop in on us time to time we would love to hear from you. PPS oh shit 8-inch is in my captcha, now shit's just getting wierd.
XENOPHON- October 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm
I'm telling you...that Dana Fucking White is a sneak...of course he pulls all the stings. Who do you think set Mask up, and then put him the UFC hall of fame. (GRIN)
As the old adage goes, only the guilty point their fingers at others. Take a close look at Dana, what he says, and especially when he points the finger at so many others who don't initially meld to his demands....and that in all seriousness is the truth...
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XENOPHON- October 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm
I agree with RWilsonR and checked out your website. I am going to add it to my daily peeks....
CharlesMcCarthyUFC- October 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm
I feel more comfortable surrounded by humor and honesty part of why I really love CP.
RwilsonR- October 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Hey Charles, good luck with the site, and thanks for contributing around here. Sorry we're a bunch of assholes... that's just our way. Glad you have a sense of humor about it all.
XENOPHON- October 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm
....minor infractions such as grabbing the cage, punches to the back of the head, and all-things Cheick Kongo.
Fucking Cheick Kongo may never wear the belt, but he does whats natural, he wants to win...and most know their almost conditioned to see him ride the line at least once in a fight...
dcmsm- October 17, 2011 at 10:27 am
i guess intercept440 and myself are the only ones who think that he was really just sore and did something stupid
CharlesMcCarthyUFC- October 17, 2011 at 8:09 am
Even with the goofs this site still rocks :).

I did start as a way to contribute to the sport that I love - I hope one day all of you find a way to be productive in MMA as well :).
Dan The Viking- October 17, 2011 at 7:30 am
hahalaololollluzzzlizalllolicaust holy shit, how does that site... haha holy shit. No. No. Thats not real. Hardcore style for 2009? Who made that shit? Was it Karma? You getting into clothing little buddy? Priceless...
Canseco_MMA- October 17, 2011 at 5:08 am
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BeefcurtainBurp- October 17, 2011 at 2:26 am
What's even more impressive is this was one of the worst fights I had ever seen. It set big mma fighters back about 20 years. If I was the ref I would have stopped the fight when dude took 20 seconds to get to his feet on a standup request. I thought the big joke was this was for the interim championship, till I saw what they call a belt in M-1. Oh, and then the "winner" talking shit and put the rest of the division/injured champ "on notice". Literally made me lollerskatesersaurus... or whatever whippersnappers say nowadays.
Todd M- October 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm
Ha Captain Miserable hung up his gloves and started a website eh? I saw your interview with Kimbo, it was about as impressive as your falling trade towers impression when you fought Loiseau. Seriously when I saw you on TUF I thought that you had to be related to Big John and that he snuck you into the house,,,.... and then Bisping beat you up HA. Sorry if I come across mean but go spruik your website somewhere else if you don't like our flavour :) :) :) Winners Are Grinners
RwilsonR- October 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm
@ Charles - that is very believable. I could see Shonie soaking in a tub of baby oil.
his dudeness- October 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm
do NOT put bengay on your scrotum....
CharlesMcCarthyUFC- October 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm
Oh and :)
CharlesMcCarthyUFC- October 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm
Yep is captain miserable lol. You guys are halarious :). Ill reveal the first fighter who uses baby oil right here on CP.... Shonie Carter is the baby oil king. The Ben gay or Thai liniment is used in fights to mess up the vision of your opponent.
CrushCo- October 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm
@Smellypiratehooker: I got it. I liked it.
smellypiratehooker- October 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm
@ stinkfacer
refer back to the weasel article. I apologize if my sarcasm wasn't quite blatent enough for you. I'll try better next time.
StinkFacer- October 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm
Smellypiratehooker: there are so many things wrong with your statement. Is this your first time here?

I think there's more of a chance of Bellator hosting Anderson Silva's last four fights, than of CagePotato being business partners with the UFC. Ya know....Dana Fucking White (thats his full name right?) hates CP. With the fiery passion of a thousand Aldo knees.
smellypiratehooker- October 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Awfully suspicious that cp is trying to make an M1 fighter ( there competition ) look bad so to further enhance there business partners ( ufc ) credibility eh Xeno?
intercept440- October 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm
well i know an italian guy who used vicks vaporub for anal lubricant on some chicks ass.... i guess that would be kinda like using bengay on your legs to get into your opponents eyes....
but i dont think your opponent would jumo off you like abottle rocket for that though..
come on people. anyone who has used bengay for treating sore muscles knows it wears off after about 15 minutes. in order for him to have to use it to cheat he would have to get it into his opponents eyes..
i dont think kicks to the head would do that. even a triangle choke would not. its obvious the ugy had sore muscles.
anyhow. even then the rules are the rules. and he broke them.
Vovchanchyn Check- October 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Remember kids, if you're going to cheat to win, make sure you win.
RwilsonR- October 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Is that actually Captain Miserable posting? Was the fighter who put the vaseline on the back of his legs David Loiseau? Did it help with his spinning back kicks?
In all seriousness, though, none of that is surprising, and glad they caught the guy before the fight.