A good six weeks ago, MMA fighter Georges St. Pierre knocked off B.J. Penn in Las Vegas in one of the biggest fights in the history of the hybrid sport. Almost immediately after the fight ended, Penn began accusing St. Pierre of cheating by having vaseline rubbed on his body after the first round, an incident being called “Greasegate” in MMA circles. Those claims were put up before the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and one of the most ardent attacks of St. Pierre was none other than Penn’s very own mother.
According to FANHOUSE, via MMA JUNKIE, Penn’s mother, Lorraine Shin, wrote in to the commission to say that MMA would lose any sense of integrity if it allowed St. Pierre’s title to stand unpunished. In fact, she went so far as to say that it’s her drive for integrity, not love of her son, that had her writing in.
That’s possible. Of course, it’s also possible that no mother would want their child trying to beat the life out of another person in a sport where only blatant eye gouging is illegal.