It was almost like mixed martial arts' version of "Law and Order" this week, as several dramatic appearances before the Nevada State Athletic Commission resulted in consequences ranging from serious to benign for several UFC fighters.
UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn and his attorney appeared before the commission to speak about a formal complaint Penn filed alleging Georges St. Pierre had Vaseline rubbed on his body that gave him an unfair advantage in their fight at UFC 94 on Jan. 31. It did not appear by week’s end, however, that the commission was going to take further action relative to the fight.
Penn’s attorney, Raffi Nahabedian, recommended everything from forcing St. Pierre to submit to pre-fight showers and toweling to overturning the result of the fight. Penn’s attorney told Sherdog.com that he vowed to press on with the complaint hoping to produce a result that would prevent a similar controversy from arising in a future UFC bout. Following his own inquiry into the allegations, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer said he would not be filing any complaint against licensed cornermen Phil Nurse or Greg Jackson –- who both spoke at the hearing -- nor St. Pierre himself. An athletic commission member would now have to file a formal complaint against any of the accused before the action is taken any further.
Also before the commission this week, UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan was levied a stiff penalty for testing positive for several pain killers before his win over Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94. Parisyan was suspended nine months and fined $32,000 by the commission for having three banned painkillers in his system. His win over Kim was overturned to “no decision.” The commission made the decision after Parisyan had pleaded for leniency. Commission member John Bailey faulted Parisyan for not disclosing the painkiller use in his pre-fight medicals.