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BJ Penn sends NSAC formal request to investigate Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94

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The legal team that represents lightweight champion BJ Penn -- four days removed from a technical knockout loss to welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94 on Jan. 31 -- today sent a formal request (not a complaint) to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

The three-page letter is designed to ensure that the sanctioning body engages "in a comprehensive investigation and review of the activities involving and relating to Georges St. Pierre prior to and during the bout."

St. Pierre's cornermen during the fight applied Vaseline to his back and shoulders, which is illegal under the rules of the sport. Ringside officials noticed the petroleum jelly on the backside of the Canadian and sprung into action, wiping him down with towels after rounds two and three.

"Rush" isn't giving excuses for the incident, saying it was just a minor mistake caused by the between-round frenzy and was part of a breathing technique. UFC President Dana White -- who is taking the issue very seriously -- has since blamed "stupid" cornermen (Greg Jackson and Phil Nurse) for the infraction.

The letter to the NSAC indicates that not only is greasing illegal, but it taints the reputation of the sport and jeopardizes the health and safety of those who participate in it.

Furthermore, it states the application of Vaseline put Penn at a serious disadvantage during the fight because as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, "The Prodigy" relies on his ability to apply techniques and strategies designed to immobilize or cause potential injury to his opponent.

With that ability neutralized, Penn's attorney contends that his client was put in an environment that was both "life threatening" and "career ending."

Perhaps the most damaging part of this letter is the accusation that a member from Team Penn had asked the NSAC prior to the bout to pay special attention to St. Pierre because of the possibility of Team GSP engaging in activities that would intentionally make him more slippery.

If Team Penn did in fact ask the NSAC to keep a close eye on St. Pierre during the match (who was subsequently found going overboard with Vaseline) then the champ - and his corner - could have a lot to answer for.

More on this breaking news in a bit.