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New UFC Rules: The Vaseline Party Is Over

(Ah, the good old days…)

New rules regarding cornermen and the application of Vaseline will be on display at tonight’s UFC Fight Night 17, and they’re thought to be permanent.  If anybody doesn’t like it they have George St. Pierre’s crew to blame.  

MMA Weekly reports that the UFC has decreed “that cornermen associated with the fighters will no longer be allowed to handle the Vaseline used in between rounds to treat and prevent cuts.”  Instead, the UFC will provide a cut man to each corner, and he’ll be the only one allowed to apply Vaseline or work on a cut.  

Since only two people are allowed in the Octagon at a time, one of a fighter’s trainers has to stay out if they need the UFC-sanctioned cut man to do his work.  And since you pretty much always want to put Vaseline on your fighter’s face between rounds, the effect of this new rule will probably be to limit corners to one trainer inside the cage.

Two things on this new rule…

1) Good work by the UFC.  Unlike the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which takes a couple months to make a decision, the UFC pounced on this.  They saw a potential problem and fixed it for the very next event.  It amounts to a public display of their commitment to fair competition, and that’s exactly what they needed to put to rest any hint of impropriety on their part.

2) If what we’re hearing about the widespread use of greasing is true, this probably won’t matter.  Applying Vaseline to the body during a fight is a rules violation that’s easy to spot.  If anybody’s greasing as a matter of routine, they aren’t doing between rounds.  They’re more likely doing it hours or even the night before the fight, according to many fighters.  This rule won’t prevent that, though at least it’s a step in the right direction.

MMA has to find a way to put greasing allegations to rest, otherwise we’re going to hear this same complaint every time someone loses a close fight.  The worst part is, it’s the kind of allegation you can’t prove or disprove.  If Joe Lauzon loses tonight and then says Jeremy Stephensfelt greasy,” there’s no way of knowing whether he’s just making excuses or not (though in that case we would assume that yes, he is).  

And finally, let’s go ahead and admit that accusing one another of being covered in lube does not help MMA’s case against the ‘gay foreplay’ detractors.  It just doesn’t.  Not that we should be too concerned about what these people think, but come on.  All this talk about rubbing a hairless French-Canadian down with Vaseline, even I’m starting to feel a little weird about it.

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Anonymous- February 10, 2009 at 6:46 am
yep. the ufc is def. trying to set up match #3 with this "controversy"
Anonymous- February 9, 2009 at 11:57 am
BJ can eat shit...what about the massive eye gouge in their 1st fight? and he still lost lol.
Steelcityslicker- February 8, 2009 at 10:46 pm
Seriously, have you ever had a real fucking POUTINE. Not one from Burger King you from QUEBEC. You fucking cry gravy and piss grease for the next 6 weeks.

He obviously consumed a poutine before the fight.

Actually, who the fuck cares. If BJ "outtabreath" Penn had actually shown up, then maybe a case could be made. But BJ was a non factor in the fight. So why even discuss it? So you can get your internet panties in a knot??
hmm- February 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm
so youre telling me..that if i wanna win a fight, i dont have to train? and that the only thing i need to do to if i wanna win is get naked and cover myself in vaseline...then im immortal?
Anonymous- February 8, 2009 at 9:17 pm
i think im going to have to join bovice and go pay a visit to that aaron guy as well
Smeewa- February 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm
Those damm Greasers!
sergerie- February 8, 2009 at 5:58 pm
too bad this didnt happen until the third round and i think he still man handled blow job anyways
Bovice- February 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm
Aaron, it looks like I'm gonna have to fuck you, because you are in fact, without a shadow of a doubt, wrong.
ricknasty- February 8, 2009 at 1:20 pm
honestly if they care so much about greasing then bring back the gi, that's how you stop all the slipping and sliding , but there remains the issue of gi grappling .
greasing is nothing new to combat sports, if anything it could be argued a safety precaution to prevent injury. its done in muay thai and they lube up the whole body, saves doctors time from stitching up the athletes.

" just leave it be"
pinguknowsnothing- February 8, 2009 at 11:09 am
you dont know what your talking about you cant hold on to someone if they are greasy and it makes it much easier for them to posture up and hit you
joe- February 8, 2009 at 8:03 am
half the comments here are so dumb/ignorant, im no longer sure if people are being way too sarcastic or are really that dumb/ignorant.

does anyone (even BJ fans) really objectively think that it had that big an impact on the fight? i grapple too, and i get that it helps in being slippery, but so does being naturally extra-sweaty. the amount of vaseline that couldve been put isnt as significant as the sweat both men already have.

for all those BJ fans who are way too biased and jumped on this as an excuse for BJ, face the truth on why BJ lost:

1. no cardio. he just plain didnt train enough for such a big fight.
2. GSP's natural physical athleticism beat BJ's natural talent-wise athleticism. again, if BJ trained more it wouldve been more even.
3. he quit. again, no cardio.

face it. even BJ knew GSP was the better fighter. he only started really complaining about it when it became a big issue for his fans.

though many people think it isnt worth it, i think a third fight is due just to shut people up. but they should defend their titles first before that happens.

oh, n i dont really mean to offend BJ fans. im a big fan of BJ too. hahahaha. but really, he's a great fighter, and his real fans would know to keep his legend (or soon-to-be legend) status intact by not making him look like a whiner.
Da Truth- February 8, 2009 at 1:17 am
You know there are substances You can eat/drink many hours before the fight that literally come out of your pores and make You super 'greasy' How are they gunna ban that?! the only people this 'gay foreplay' stuff dosnt effect is those MMA FIGHTERS who actually stand and fight instead of lap dancing each other. [im being sarcastic btw]
Daddy Doug- February 7, 2009 at 11:08 pm
so if matt hammel does it, does he become a real version of the greased up def guy?
newotnek- February 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm
*** In a knee jerk reaction to lubri-gate UFC and D-White just announced fighters will no longer be allowed to shave their bodies before fights, thus detracting from prefight night oiling and gay wrestling comments. Fighters must have a quarter inch stubble about their body or a doctors note stating they have lice, crabs, severe allergies to hair, etc. Fighters will walk through a decontamination chamber enroute to the ring to completely clean and dry their bodies. Nipple tweaks, commonly known to turn on the sweat glands releasing oils (both foreign and natural) to secrete from pores, have also been banned along with homosexual french canadian sensual massages between rounds.
BJ Penn's team is still lobbying for a "BJ Penn's hand must be raised at the end of the fight" rule but it is not looking good.
Mike Litoris- February 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm
Didn't I hear GSP accuse BJ's face of looking like a watermelon (the square-shaped kind from Japan), which caused excessive damage to GSP's fists when he was pounding his face? And didn't GSP also accuse BlowJob Penn of lathering himself with coconut oil?
Oh wait, GSP didn't do anything because he's not a fat, lazy little bish w/ excuses for losing twice. Stop trying to add asterisks to those who defeat yo ass 2x, BJ, you turdnugget excuse person.
Georges "Topical Rush" St. Pierre- February 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm
Oh shit there goes my title.
Duck- February 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm
George "Sanfran krisco Kid" Pierre
UFC Trying to make #3 more Interesting- February 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm
UFC is just building more attention around GSP & BJ Penn to try and legitimize a 3rd match between the two...

Its call building hype, this was their biggest PPV and they want to do it again, its not rocket science...

However for the fighters the outcome will probably be the same and for the UFC they will probably make a shit ton again, however i don't think it will be record breaking, unless they can really sell this angle to the fans.
Aaron- February 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Fuck me if I am wrong but BJ won that fight
Anonymous- February 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm
U cocksucker!!!!!
Canadian hoser- February 7, 2009 at 3:46 pm
Greasing? what about the fact that the ufc paid out less than 1.5 million in fighter salaries. With 1.3 million buys @ $25.00 a pop and a live gate of 5 mill thats like 40 million. Advertising and event cost maybe 3-5 mill with a profit of 30-35 million for three guys. Every fighter on that card got greased including GSP, pay your fucking fighters you pieces of shit.
Martin- February 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm
PLEASE SHOW THE CLIP WHERE PHIL PUTS ON VASELINE ON HIS HANDS AND THEN DIRECTLY GOES TO GSP BACK...saw a clip of that..vaseline, and then direct to the back of gsp...(against BJ)
poutine2dabone- February 7, 2009 at 2:55 pm
I hope the UFC keeps it up and enacts a rule that will finally end GSP dominance, the much anticipated "no french rap" rule
machete for hands- February 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm
To the deaf george to the deaf
Dr.- February 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm
People who are saying this was blatant cheating are fucking morons. It was carelessness of Phil Nurse to touch GSP before wiping his hands. Plain and simple. GSP doesn't need to cheat to manhandle his opponents. It was a stupid mistake but not deliberate. Get over it.

And the BS about lubing up the night before so you sweat it out is laughable. How much do you really think will be absorbed into the pores? GSP's pores must be like a fucking camel's hump. I know there are many of them but their size doesn't allow for a 5 round lubing. And then during their pre-fight warm-up the shit would come out. Then you have a shirt you wear to the octagon.