UFC 94: More Action For Your Buck—BJ Penn's Complaining

Mark PareCorrespondent IIFebruary 4, 2009

UFC 94 was last Saturday and people are still talking about it, but not for what you would think it is.

There was an exciting main event that saw Canadian Georges "Rush" St. Pierre retain the Welterweight title after BJ Penn surrendered between rounds four and five, on the advice of the doctor.

After the fight, however, controversy came into play as BJ Penn's camp filed a complaint, claiming St. Pierre had Vaseline rubbed all over his body during the fight.

This would've made "Rush" slippery and a lot more difficult to fight against, especially when it comes to Penn's ground game.

St. Pierre's trainer, Phil Nurse, claimed that he was rubbing his body to "align St. Pierre's energy and to motivate the fighter" and may have had Vaseline residue on his fingers. 

Nurse admits some Vaseline hit St. Pierre, but when he noticed it, the nurse rubbed it off.

Even if it was done purposely, it wouldn't change the result as it was a full out assault on the Hawaiian, and it seemed as though Penn had no answer for the Welterweight champion.

Other than the controversy listed above, the event was exciting and saw more action than the last few events. 

There were eight fights out of the 10 on the card that went to a decision, four of which that had a split decision which means there were a lot of close fights that could've went either way.

Dana White and Joe Silva put together a great card for this show and advertised it perfectly.  A champion vs. champion fight (St. Pierre vs. Penn) and two prominent fighters going in undefeated, each at 13-0 (Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva). 

Ironically, these were the only two fights that weren't decided by a judge's scorecard.

The beauty of the St. Pierre vs. Penn fight was that these two wanted to fight each other for a long time and they even added a little trash talk between one another—a marketer's dream.

It's a shame that a great show like this ended in the controversy that looms over St. Pierre right now, because people are missing what the show was truly like: a fight card that saw a lot of close, exciting fights, a previously undefeated fighter get knocked out, and George St. Pierre climbing the ladder to establish himself as one of the elite fighters in the world.

Thanks BJ, now go back into the Lightweight division and come back when you think you are ready.