January 31st 2009. The stage is set for the most anticipated Mixed Martial arts event to take place so far. The Event is UFC:94 Penn vs. St. Pierre 2. It is to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Coming into this fight, Georges St. Pierre was the slight favorite. Many people were convinced that this fight would determine the pound for pound best fighter in the world.
BJ Penn fans thought that his boxing and world class ground game would be far too much for St. Pierre to handle. GSP fans thought that Gsp's size and wrestling would overwhelm BJ. Little did anyone know that this fight would turn out to be a huge black eye on the sport of MMA.
The fight got underway and was very evenly contested for the first round. Georges came out and looked for the takedown which BJ actually stuffed for pretty much the whole first round. The fight remained standing and the exchanges on the feet were very close, with most people feeling that GSP got out of the round slightly better. 10-9 GSP.
Then, All hell began to break loose.
In between rounds 1 and 2, the cornermen for St. Pierre were seen applying vaseline to his face, which was completely legal at the time. The NSAC saw something different. They saw GSP's cornermen apply vaseline to his back and shoulders. This was, and is completely illegal. BJ Penn had been warned by numerous fighters including Sean Sherk, Matt Hughes, and Kenny Florian to watch out for this, as there had been suspicions about GSP's legitimacy before this fight. BJ had in turn warned the NSAC who had caught GSP in the act.
The fighters came out for round two, and all of a sudden it was a different fight. GSP, somehow began to take BJ down at will and hold him there. He brutalized him on the ground. Numerous times BJ was seen trying to gain a high guard or a rubber guard--- and his legs just slid down GSP's back. GSP layed on BJ for 5 minutes and took round two. 20-18 GSP.
With the controversy brewing the two fighters fought round 3, which was again won easily on the ground by GSP. Who somehow continued to work over the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion. Suspicious? You didn't know the half of it. 30-27 GSP.
Round 4 was much of the same story, the only difference being that after the round ended, Bj's corner threw in the towel. Fight Over. GSP by TKO in round 4.
All hell breaks loose. Dana White is seen screaming to Rashad Evans about GSP greasing. BJ Penn notifies the NSAC and attempts to get Georges St. Pierres fighters license revoked.
Suddenly, like termites they swarm, all over MMA's once White Knight. Multiple fighters, including Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Matt Hughes, and Sean Sherk all came out of the woodwork, and stated that when they fought GSP he had felt "slippery and greasy".
It appeared as though the world was crashing around St. Pierre's feet. A hearing was held and BJ Penn was adamant about saving the legitimacy of the sport.
Then as quickly as it started it was dropped. GSP got off the hook completely. BJ Penn was portrayed as the evil cry baby who was a sore loser. How can this be?
GSP was caught cheating, caught red-handed, and nothing was done about it. Go ahead, tell me Penn would have lost anyways, but cheating is cheating and it is ridiculous that there were no repercussions. How can a sport that is looking for legitimacy condone cheating by one of its champions as if this were professional wrestling?
This controversy marked a dark day in MMA history, and the subsequent cover-up and hush hush of the UFC was one of the greatest I have ever seen. To this day, almost nobody questions GSP's legitimacy, and everyone hates BJ Penn, though they can't quite seem to remember why....
So my question to you the MMA community is this, Why wasn't greasegate a bigger scandal than it was? When Barry Bonds and A-Rod were caught cheating was the Sports World not completely taken off its feet? Why doesn't GSP's cheating have a bigger impact on our sport.
Why did nobody care?
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