Referee Yves Lavigne says he wiped down Anderson
Silva and got approval from Thales
Leites’ corner prior to their main event bout Saturday at UFC
An SI.com live blog observed that as Silva entered the Octagon, he
rubbed lubricant -- applied to his face by a commission-approved
cutman -- onto his torso. In the wake of “greasing” allegations
against Georges St.
Pierre’s corner at UFC 94, the observation received critical
However, Lavigne, who watched a replay of Saturday’s event, said
the cameras did not reveal that both himself and Leites’ corner had
noticed Silva repeatedly touch his face and body during his warm-up
lap around the Octagon. Lavigne said Leites’ corner motioned for
the referee to inspect Silva’s body, although Lavigne said he would
have proceeded regardless.
“I saw he had a little Vaseline on his chest and I wiped it from
his chest and arms, as I saw him touching them as well,” Lavigne
told Sherdog.com on Tuesday.
Lavigne said he then motioned to Leites’ corner and was given a
“thumbs up” of approval.
“I took care of it, and the other corner felt OK with it,” said
“I remember Yves Lavigne toweled and cleaned the body,” Ribeiro
said. “I don’t think [the cutman] put a lot of grease on his face
and [Silva] put it on his body. I think everything was pretty
Ribeiro said he did not see his corner signal to Lavigne after
Silva had been wiped down, but the world-renowned lightweight said
Leites’ head coach, Andre
Pederneiras, could have done it without him noticing.
Lavigne said both Silva and his corner were apologetic, and the
fighter tried to assist the referee as he tended to him.
“While I wiped one glove, Silva took the end of the towel and wiped
his other glove. He was helping me,” Lavigne said. “Both corners
were aware of it and approved [of] it.”