St. Pierre says Penn campaign against him is ridiculous and going nowhere
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, March 20, 2009 6:32PM EDT
TORONTO - Canadian Georges St. Pierre, unfazed by the ongoing Greasegate saga, says B.J. Penn knows the truth about his loss at UFC 94 but is a sore loser who has become caught up in a web of lies.
Penn's camp has formally complained to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, alleging St. Pierre was illegally greased during the Canadian's win on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. A commission hearing into the matter Tuesday did not produce any disciplinary action, prompting Penn's lawyer to promise their fight outside the cage is not over.
St. Pierre, in town Friday for a movie shoot, said he is getting on with his life rather than worrying about Penn's campaign against him.
"I'm not stressed at all about the Vaseline thing," he told The Canadian Press. "I didn't even go to court (the Nevada commission hearing). I was in New York training and making myself a better fighter. I don't pay attention to this, it's ridiculous and it's going nowhere. And I just make fun of it."
St. Pierre suggested that Penn is the one with a problem -- "a problem of ego"
"It's a problem that he has. He knows it and I think he's so deep into it that he starts maybe to believe in it. A lot of people when they lie, when they get so deep into it, they start to believe in their lies. It's a disease."
But it is clear that the 27-year-old welterweight champion from Montreal is not pleased that he and his coaches have been portrayed as cheaters.
"I'm not happy because I have never stolen in my life, never stolen. And he said in a way that I stole my win," he said.
"I don't think he is a good loser and he tried to take away credit for my win," St. Pierre added.
Raffi Nahabedian, Penn's lawyer, was not immediately available to comment.
St. Pierre said while he would fight Penn a third time -- St. Pierre won a split decision the first time they met in 2006 -- he didn't think people wanted to see it.
UFC president Dana White has said he has no plans to let Penn, the current lightweight champion, to fight at welterweight again. Instead Penn is slated to defend his 155-pound title next against Kenny Florian.
But that won't stop St. Pierre from trying for a little revenge.
"I will help Kenny Florian for his training camp," he said. "He's coming down April 1 and I'm going to help him out to beat B.J. Penn."
Asked what he would say to Penn if the two were in the same room, St. Pierre paused and then said: "Leave me alone."
"The fact that you try to find a reason like this, then accuse me of cheating is not going to make you a better fighter. When you lose, you need to ask yourself 'What did I do wrong?' To look at yourself, not look at the other guy, because he cannot change what I've done to him -- how I beat him. He cannot change it. What he can change, to make himself a better fighter, it's to look at himself in the mirror and (ask) 'What did I do wrong in that fight?' From there, make the adjustments and come back stronger next time against Kenny Florian.
"But he's not doing the right thing and I'm not going to say it to him, because he's not my friend, I'm don't want to give him any advice."
The Penn camp wants the UFC decision nullified and St. Pierre and his cornermen sanctioned for cheating. Illegally greasing, they argue, prevented their fighter from using his world-class jiu-jitsu and in so doing put his life in danger.
The Nevada commission, however, seems inclined only to tweak rules about Vaseline handling around fighters.