BJ Penn and Co. did not get their wish today.
At the NSAC hearing held earlier this afternoon, representatives for GSP and Penn both presented their cases regarding GSP’s alleged greasing during his UFC 94 bout against BJ Penn.
In what Penn’s side hoped would be a hearing resulting in punishments for Phil Nurse, Greg Jackson, and St. Pierre, was really a hearing to hear both sides of the argument to help determine the appropriate course of action.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission listened intently Tuesday to more than two hours of testimony surrounding allegations of greasing misconduct during the UFC welterweight title bout between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn. In the end, the NSAC came no closer to filing a formal disciplinary complaint against any licensees involved in the case.
The Commission did not respond to Nahabedian’s [Ed. note: Penn’s lawyer] requests for the state agency to consider the Vaseline allegations under the same statutes that regulate illegal steroid and non-approved drug use, nor did any member suggest a form of disciplinary action be set in motion against the accused trio.
That was an just a small excerpt from Loretta Hunt’s recap of the hearing. The whole report is chock full of details, interesting quotes and information, so I definitely recommend you read her story in its entirety.
Basically, Penn’s side pushed heavily for the commission to actually do something about the situation, and at least for now, the commission isn’t handing down any penalties or fines to GSP and his cornermen.
Will they in the future? That remains to be seen, but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it if I were you.
Following the close of the meeting, NSAC Chairman Bill Brady told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the issue could still be revisited at a future meeting, though he said nothing was certain.
“We heard the testimony and the questions,” Brady said.”It may be that we come forward with new rules that were suggested. That’s what this meeting was, an advisory meeting. We don’t want anything like this to happen again.”
“At some future time, and I’m not saying by the next meeting, or it could be — there might be something that comes forward — and there might not be,” Brady said. “It may already be settled.”
New rules would certainly be welcomed. Without a smoking gun clearly showing intent, and an actual written rule in the rulebook, I’m really not sure what, if any, punishments would be just in this situation. I think it’s rather obvious Phil Nurse did something he shouldn’t have, but I’m not convinced he did it purposely to give GSP an unfair advantage.
BJ, on the other hand, clearly doesn’t see it that way.
“I don’t know how anyone would want to be the world champion with a belt around their waist that cheated to get there,” said Penn. “It just doesn’t make sense to me.”
What happens from here is anyone’s guess, but it sounds like if Penn has his way, this won’t be going away anytime soon.
After the meeting, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told MMAjunkie.com that the possible ongoing review of the UFC 94 bout will not have any impact on future bouts scheduled by either Penn or St. Pierre, though Nahabedian was overheard telling the team representing St. Pierre’s camp that he was looking forward to a future day in court.
I don’t know about you, but a court battle is certainly not what I ever thought or hoped this would come to, and while I can’t speak for them, I’m pretty confident GSP and Co. feel the same.
Until next time…
Quick update: Mike was right, Penn just wants a rematch.
“The ultimate vindication would be a rematch and kick his butt,” Penn said. “A good vindication would be a fair rematch and if he beats me fairly, I’ll be the first to shake his hand.”