But, while answering some questions other pop up.
1. I love Hughes
coming out and saying: "yes yes, i felt it too"...after the BJ fight = 2 years after his fight with GSP
I'll admit the timing of him coming forward does put a cloud of doubt to it's validity. If it were 2 isolated incidences I would say that sour grapes could be at play but 4 separate sources within interviews plus one given on behalf of someone else leads me to lean towards excepting it. I don't think Matt Hughes takes winning or losing with any grace though.
2. I couldn't find any quote coming from Serra. It was Hughes who said: "i know Serra mentioned it"...but couldn't find anything honestly.
I am yet to find any official source other than 'Matt Hughes says so' myself, but in the fight you can clearly see him being rubbed with vasoline between rounds. Serra also has not come out to deny or confirm it but that says to me if he is aware of it he has no problem with his name being used in relation to greasegate.
3. It's funny that Koscheck
(first fight) hasn't mentioned this. Fitch
hasn't said anything about this. Trigg
hasn't said anything about this.
Hell: BJ - first GSP fight
- hasn't said anything about it...strange?!
(i may be wrong, but i couldn't find anything that says he said something)
Well BJ mentioned that GSP would try and grease with the commission prior to their 2nd fight. Maybe he was aware of it in the first fight? As for the others I think they should all come forward and say what there opinion is on their own encounters with GSP just to make it clearer.
IMO: "he felt slippery" does not equal greasing.
IMO that is a polite way of saying 'something was wrong with the situation' why else would you mention it?
For the sake of being unbiased though you could vaguely take that as a 'he was elusive' but I think it was clear that he meant as in the greased up kind.
Marquardt felt *extremely slippery* against Palhares and it turned out to be nothing. And that's f*cking Palhares - who grabbed Nate's leg and couldn't keep a hold of it. And that's his speciality...
And it cost Palhares the win.
The fact is, the only time they caught it on tape was against BJ - and even then the footage showed his corner man aplying a bit of vaseline. It wasn't like he rubbed GSP with a bucket full of it.
And after that fight the athletic comissions said they're gonna pay extra attention to this.
The result ---> 3 fights, 3 dominating victories.
This will remain a SUBJECT for decades.
I think GSP had a lot to worry about from BJ Penn. Regardless he has been caught doing it on tape and has since denied it. I think he is kind of a snake as well. Just think the whole 'look at me I'm a good guy' persona is fake.
I will agree though that this topic will always resurface on message boards and during convo with other MMA fans. GSP is talented though as where there be love there be haters.