- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Cornerman Phil Nurse says he didn’t intend to cheat when he rubbed his hands on Georges St. Pierre’s upperbody after putting petroleum jelly on the UFC fighter’s face.

Nurse told Nevada regulators at a hearing Tuesday that he was performing a breathing exercise on St. Pierre during the Jan. 31 Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas.

St. Pierre beat B.J. Penn for the title.

Executive director Keith Kizer showed the athletic commission a video in which Nurse is seen running his hands over St. Pierre’s shoulders, chest and back after rubbing petroleum jelly on the athlete’s face.

It is against UFC rules to use petroleum jelly anywhere on a fighter’s body other than his face.

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