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Breaking news: UFC smartens up cornerman rules

(More than two cornermen in the cage? That’s a paddlin’.)

MMA Weekly sheds some light on the improvements:

“According to sources close to the situation, the UFC has now instructed that cornermen associated with the fighters will no longer be allowed to handle the Vaseline used in between rounds to treat and prevent cuts.

The UFC will now provide one cut man for each corner for the fight. Only two people are allowed to enter the Octagon between rounds so if a cut man is necessary to apply Vaseline or work on a cut, one of the other cornermen working with the fighter must exit the cage to allow the cut man to work.”

Hear that guys? No more excuses for when GSP embarrasses you. All in all it’s a good solution for the sport that’s simple enough to throw dumb ideas like no elbows or mandatory gi wearing out the window. Pretty brainy move by Dana to put his foot down on all of this before it ruins any other fights or fighters. The last thing MMA needs is ESPN giving more attention to a scandal post-fight than the match itself. I assume these new standards apply to the WEC as well so all the bases are covered. Now that the boundaries are blatantly obvious, though, anyone who violates them should be punished by catapult, Rex Banner style.

Maybe now Kid Nate will kindly shut up.