B.J. Penn Files Formal Complaint Against Georges St Pierre

Bjpennsuit_medium MMA Weekly has the story:

B.J. Penn and his representatives have filed a formal complaint against Georges St. Pierre.

The 20-page document, filed on Monday with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, requests sanctions against St. Pierre, his cornermen, and other unknown licensees of the commission, and requests a formal hearing into the matter.

The complaint, drafted by Penn legal representative Raffi A. Nahabedian, of the Rosenfeld law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada, alleges that St. Pierre and his camp knowingly used illegal greasing agents to affect the outcome of his fight with Penn at UFC 94 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

The document cites unnamed mixed martial arts fighters who complained about St. Pierre’s use of greasing agents as evidence of his culpability.

“It is Penn’s belief… that the aforementioned strategies were intentional and were orchestrated by Pierre as a means to unfairly and illegally defeat Penn in a regulated and sanctioned championship bout that prohibits the aforementioned conduct and that such calculated actions by Pierre were implemented as a means to prevent Penn from defending himself in a manner consistent with that contemplated in unarmed combat due to the highly and unnaturally slippery nature of Pierre during the bout,” the document states.

Penn and his representative also allege that St. Pierre “ingested a substance that would cause his body to become highly and unnaturally slippery during the bout.”

MMA Mania has details on the sanctions that Penn is seeking:

  • A fine of $250,000
  • Suspension of St. Pierre’s license as well as the licenses of Jackson and Nurse
  • Change the result of the bout to a “no contest”
  • Require St. Pierre undergo a pre-bout shower to make sure no substances exist on his body

For my own part, I have been publicly sympathetic to B.J.'s side of the case and I'm glad the matter will get a formal hearing.

The sanctions B.J. is seeking are a bit much but I think a fuller investigation of the matter is warranted. The obvious vaseline smearing that Nurse was caught blatantly doing was less serious than the baths in baby oil and other methods of greasing before fights that have been rumored to occur so I'm hoping that the hearing will shed some light on those practices although I've yet to hear of any actual evidence that GSP or anyone in the Jackson camp has engaged in that sort of tactic.

As much as I believe this case merits investigation, I still hate to see a fighter I admire as much as GSP and a camp as good as Greg Jackson's having to face charges this serious. At least the fight did not take place in California or Florida where the commissions would be guaranteed to botch the hearing.

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