Kenny Florian Told BJ Penn About Georges St Pierre Greasing

BJ Penn's Interview Delivered The Somewhat Surprising News That KenFlo Was The One Who Exposed GSP

2/12/09 in MMA   |   RearNakedNews   |   0 respect

Florian Is The Source

BJ Penn gave his first interview today since UFC 94 and it turned out to be very interesting. He talked about just about everything you'd want him to. The most shocking moment was when Penn revealed it was Kenny Florian who told his camp prior to the fight about Georges St-Pierre greasing. I didn't see that one coming at all. It was widely assumed to be Matt Serra's camp, but Florian sorta makes sense. He had a lot to gain if Penn won the fight, because he would have probably been next in line to face the only man to ever hold two UFC titles at once. Facing the Lightweight Champion is a big deal. Facing the Lightweight and Welterweight Champion is a whole different level. An opportunity like that doesn't come along all that often.

Here are a few highlights of the interview:

-BJ was angry at the commission for not informing his corner during the fight about the greasing. "Why didn't they tell us during the fight to make a decision on how to continue the fight?"

-"We wish we had a heads-up during the fight."

-Prior to the fight, his boxing coach, Jason Parillo, told the Commission to be on watch for St-Pierre greasing.

-Did he feel slippery? "I did feel, Mayhem actually stated that, you can't grab the back of GSP's head. You can't hold the back of GSP's head."

-He was in touch with Eddie Bravo prior to the fight about using the rubber guard.

-"Greg Jackson probably has a scientific way to grease. I'm not a professional greaser. I don't know how to do all that stuff."

-"Of course it makes a difference. Any jiu-jitsu black belt, brown belt, purple belt...Any will tell you that."

-"We're the fighters who gotta enter the ring. We're the ones who are gonna get hurt. All we're trying to do is make sure it's fair. We deserve that much."

-"If Georges is found out to be guilty, I lose respect after that."

-"I'd love the rematch. I'll fight him immediately. I'll take an immediate rematch with Georges."

-"I'm glad I could be the guy to take a thousand punches to make that rule."

-He is currently in negotiations to fight Kenny Florian.

-"I wouldn't mind watching Machida knock Rashad Evans the f' out."

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2/12/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

I completely agree Pat.  The Mir/Lesnar I fight is perfect validation of that.  Experience usually trumps all else, with the rare instances being related to either being completely huge (Lesnar/Couture), or cheating in some way.  While I can't really believe that GSP would intentionally cheat, the uproar regarding it at least seems to validate the charges and make one think a lot about it.  I think GSP was the favorite because of popularity, and I expected BJ to win more along the lines of how Matt Hughes beat GSP in their first fight, so it definitely makes me a bit more curious.  Either way, GSP is a great fighter, and I would hate to think his victory is tainted in any way.

2/12/09   |   pobodys_nerfect

All I know is that if Georges did grease that's not cool at all for the sport. He might as well have taken steriods & slipped BJ a qualude before the fight because him greased up is taking away BJ's strongs part of his game.

2/12/09   |   DLay

It's also a lot harder to control GSP in the guard if he's greased, allowing him to posture up and pound. You could see it every time BJ threw his legs any higher then GSP's waist.

2/12/09   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

You make some great points, Dave.

It's tough to say how it really affected the fight, if at all. While BJ was certainly getting destroyed, he IS lethal on the ground, as you alluded to. Like Frank Mir against Brock Lesnar, it really doesn't matter who's winning the fight. At any time, a great BJJ fighter like Penn can end a fight very quickly... unless the opponent is too slippery.

A lot of people point to the fact that BJ got dominated, but it really doesn't matter. It's not over until someone is knocked out, submits, or the final round is over. Up until that point, both fighters have a very real chance of victory, no matter who appears to be winning.

2/12/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

(Edited by Raider_Dave)

And another note, K-Flo needs his shot as well, since after he destroyed Joe Stevenson back in November, he has just been waiting for his chance at the title.  He has been very patient, and it would only be fair to him if he had a shot at BJ's LW belt before GSP or BJ got to fight anyone again.  Still, many very exciting things to look forward to in the UFC in the upcoming months.

2/12/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

"I wouldn't mind watching Machida knock Rashad Evans the f' out."

You and I both BJ.  But Rashad seems to be too damn good and too damn fast, but we will see.  As for the greasing, if it was known prior to the fight, why wasn't anyone alerted of the possibility?  I'm sure the governing commission would have paid a lot closer attention and even warned GSP's corner that if it went on, severe punishment would be enforced.  BJ got brutally beaten in the fight, but I'm not sure how much of it could've been related to GSP's "Slippery-ness."  BJ makes his living on the ground, so it is at least a factor that needs to be considered.  And either way, I think the only way to know for sure and not have anything be tainted would be for an immediate rematch.  They could build it up even more than before with the greasing allegations, especially if they hold any validity.