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Wilson’s Broken Nose Tops UFC 94 Medical Suspensions

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 94 event, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The lengthiest suspension was handed to Team Quest product Chris Wilson, who suffered a broken nose during a losing “Fight of the Night” effort against John Howard, and has been medically suspended until July 31. He will be able to be cleared early by a physician but is not permitted to participate in contact-related training until March 3.

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Keith Kizer Comments on Vaseline Controversy

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More and more facts are coming out regarding Phil Nurse allegedly rubbing Vaseline on the back and shoulders of Georges St. Pierre during his fight against B.J. Penn this past Saturday. So who was the Nevada State Athletic Commission official that entered the Octagon and warned GSP’s corner? Turns out it was Keith Kizer himself:

“After the first round, one of my inspectors came to me and told me he thought he saw one of the cornermen—I believe it was Phil Nurse … after putting Vaseline on [St. Pierre’s] face, he saw him rub his shoulders, and it appeared as though he might not have wiped off his hands,” Kizer said. “After the second round, we observed Mr. Jackson putting Vaseline on Mr. St. Pierre’s face and then putting his hand on his back.”

At that point, Kizer attempted to get Jackson’s attention from outside the cage.

“I don’t think he heard me because of all the noise in the arena, so I immediately walked into the Octagon myself—I’ve probably done that two other times in my career—and told him to take his hand off Mr. St. Pierre’s back,” he said. “We took a towel and wiped off his back. After the third round, we went in again and made sure his back and shoulders were wiped off to ensure a level playing field.”

So according to Kizer it was both Phil Nurse and Greg Jackson that were rubbing St. Pierre’s back in between rounds. He’s right too, because all sorts of television angles have shown both cornermen doing it multiple times. With that said, it doesn’t mean they were rubbing Vaseline on his back either.

Is this going to turn into that serious of a situation? I don’t know. At the moment, it’s pretty serious… everyone is going crazy over it. However the NSAC has yet reprimand St. Pierre’s camp nor has Penn’s side filed a complaint with the commission. There’s a lot to be done and a lot of waiting to take place.

Penn Contemplating Retirement? Hopefully Not

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One of the storylines coming out of UFC 94 that doesn’t involve greasing is the future of B.J. Penn. UFC President Dana White said at the post-fight press conference that he expects Penn to defend his lightweight title against Kenny Florian sometime later this year.

However Penn’s head trainer, Rudy Valetino, struck a different tone with Josh Gross when talking about his client’s future:

Should Penn decide to move forward and attack the integrity of St. Pierre and his camp, chances are the Hawaiian will want to fight again. That, surprisingly, is not an automatic. Though the answer seems obvious considering Penn, who is only 30, appears perfectly capable of carving himself a meaningful legacy at 155, no one close to “The Prodigy” knows for certain if he’ll return.

“Before we got to Vegas we were talking,” Penn’s chief trainer, Rudy Valentino, said Sunday evening after returning to Hilo. With a win over St. Pierre “he wanted this to be his last fight.”

Fortunately, Luke Thomas found (note the past tense since B.J. has since taken the posts down) that B.J. may be looking forward to fighting Florian later this year, “hopefully in June” according to him. B.J. walking away at the age of 30 would rob fans, present and future, of all of the potential great fights that he has left in him. Hopefully he decides to continue his storied career.

UFC 94 Notes: Penn Set to File Complaint With NSAC Over GSP Greasing

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If you thought that the war between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn was over, think again. Penn’s camp has informed that they intend to file a formal complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission after officials spotted one of St. Pierre’s cornermen allegedly rubbed Vaseline on his back in between the first and second and then the second and third rounds.

“We are not trying to make excuses, but the NSAC needs to protect the fighters,” Penn told via text message. “They never notified us or completely wiped his back with water and towels.”

Various reports are circulating that following the conclusion of the first round, Phil Nurse, who has been working St. Pierre’s corner for a number of years, was caught by someone sitting at ringside rubbing Vaseline on St. Pierre’s back and shoulders. It has yet to be confirmed that this person was former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, but “The Iceman” was the first to inform UFC President Dana White of the incident after the conclusion of the fight, which St. Pierre won via fourth-round doctor’s stoppage.

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St. Pierre Dominates Penn at UFC 94

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Georges St. Pierre used superior wrestling and surprising grappling technique to dominate UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn and successfully defend his UFC welterweight belt in the main event of UFC 94 Saturday night in Las Vegas.

What was supposed to be a showdown as even as their original meeting almost three years ago, turned into a one-sided mauling as St. Pierre (18-2) controlled Penn (13-5-1) in every aspect of the fight from start to finish. Penn, renowned for his takedown defense and new-found conditioning, found himself constantly on his back and winded after only the first round.

After three consecutive rounds of dominant wrestling and grappling by St. Pierre, the tide began to really turn in the fourth stanza, when St. Pierre turned up the heat - passing Penn’s guard at will and delivering a non-stop barrage of punishment. When Penn returned to his corner after the continuation of the round, both his trainers and the ringside doctor agreed that the fight should be stopped, and it was.

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All Fighters Make Weight for UFC 94

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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 94 event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event is headlined by a highly-anticipated rematch for the UFC welterweight title between reigning champion Georges St. Pierre and UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn. Undefeated light heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva will collide as well.

Main Card:

Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. B.J. Penn (168 lbs)
Lyoto Machida (206 lbs) vs. Thiago Silva (206 lbs)
Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs. Dong-Hyun Kim (171 lbs)
Nate Diaz (156 lbs) vs. Clay Guida (156 lbs)
Stephan Bonnar (206 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (206 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Jon Fitch (171 lbs) vs. Akihiro Gono (171 lbs)
Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Chris Wilson (170 lbs) vs. John Howard (171 lbs)
Jake O’Brien (205 lbs) vs. Christian Wellisch (206 lbs)
Matt Arroyo (171 lbs) vs. Dan Cramer (171 lbs)

UFC Primetime: Episode III

Here’s the third and final episode of “UFC Primetime”, which is chronicling the weeks of preparation before Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn’s highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 94 tomorrow night. Part one is above and part two is after the jump.

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If Successful, Showdown With Silva Looms on Horizon for St. Pierre

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Ever since Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva each ascended to the top of their respective divisions, many have been calling for a mega-fight between the two, possibly to solve the question regarding who really is the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Talks last year seemed to be premature while UFC officials were content to let both establish dominance at middleweight and welterweight, but now that standout contenders for both St. Pierre and Silva are starting to become few and far between, an eventual clash between the two is becoming more and more likely according to UFC President Dana White.

“I think anything is possible,” White said when asked about the possibility of the two fighting in the near future on Thursday’s pre-fight conference call for UFC 94. “Georges has gotta face Thiago [Alves] first, but yeah, anything is possible.”

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Penn Moving Past “Countdown” Drama

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Reports earlier this week suggested that B.J. Penn was so upset with those producing the “UFC Countdown” shows covering his upcoming fight against Georges St. Pierre, that he banned cameramen from filming his training sessions and had decided to quit filming the show, putting it’s completion in doubt.

After all, the show’s first episode depicted Penn in a negative light of sorts, showing him preparing for a five-day vacation to visit his girlfriend and to heal his body while UFC President Dana White was lead to believe that Penn was slacking off just weeks before the biggest fight of his career.

While that may have been the case at one point, the reigning UFC lightweight champion seems to have put all of the drama past him. During a conference call with the media on Thursday, Penn said that he couldn’t fault White for the way he was portrayed on the program.

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Reminder: UFC Primetime Episode Two Airs Tonight

The second episode of “UFC Primetime” will air tonight on Spike TV at 10 PM ET. Replay times are set for later tonight at 10:30 PM ET and Thursday at 12:30 AM ET. In a related story, MMA Junkie is reporting that B.J. Penn may have shut down a recent taping of the show and no longer wants to be involved in the project due to the way he was portrayed in the first episode by UFC President Dana White.

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