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Witch doctor? Not really.

I know, I’m sorry … this is grease post number three in a row so far today, and there’s liable to be several more posts on it over the next few days. For those of you who think this GSP grease story is a non-starter, I’m sure all the attention is gonna drive you nuts. But what can I say? We’re still pseudo-news and I still gotta work with what I’m given. So if you just wanna skip these posts and go “Lalala GSP is innocent!”, I won’t hold it against you.

But as far as important posts about the story, this one is pretty important: it’s Greg Jackson’s response to the whole ordeal:

Jackson spoke to on Sunday afternoon and said the misunderstanding arose after Phil Nurse, one of St. Pierre’s cornermen, executed a ritual taught by a member of St. Pierre’s team, a “witch doctor” named Steven Friend.

“So in between rounds, (Friend) had this little drill that you do – and Phil Nurse is the one who knows how to do it – he showed Phil, and this is what Georges wanted, so we did that,” Jackson said. “But this is why we were doing it. He rubbed your back and tapped your chest; I don’t know exactly how it works. But anyways, what that’s supposed to do is get your energy in line, or motivated or whatever. So in between rounds, we had Phil Nurse do that.”

“The controversy came because Phil Nurse also was putting Vasoline on Georges’ eyebrows,” Jackson elaborated. “In between rounds, you always want to put on Vasoline on (a fighter’s face). So Phil Nurse put all the Vasoline on his face, so his hands might have had a miniscule amount left over from that, when he went around the side and rubbed a little point on his back, and tapped on his chest.

“At that point, somebody in the audience thought we were greasing George down, and ran over and told the commission that we were greasing his body down. The commission came in and said ‘you can’t grease him down,’ which didn’t work. They said ‘you’re putting Vasoline on his back,’ and Phil’s like, ‘oh, there might be a little on my fingers, but it wasn’t intentional at all, and of course they wiped it right off and it was gone, so it wasn’t a factor in the fight at all.”

I know what you’re thinking: What the fuck is up with this ‘witch doctor’ bullshit? It’s kinda too bad Greg Jackson said that, because it’s pretty much made everyone think GSP keeps company with a Papa Shango lookalike. The truth is a lot less interesting: Steven Friend is a chiropractor and the boyfriend of GSP manager Shari. He’s about as much of a witch doctor as Mauricio Rua is a shogun. It’s just a nickname, although I’m not about to defend his largely bullshit profession.

Friend is a well known dude in MMA circles, and he got his nickname because he does a ton of strange stuff to ‘revitalize your body’ and fix your ‘energy flows’. No one is really able to explain how the shit works, but everyone who goes to him swears by him, hence the nickname. A ton of MMA guys including Matt Hughes, Randy Couture, Diego Sanchez, and Karo Parisyan. Even Dana and the Fertittas go to the ‘Witch Doctor’.

This isn’t to say the excuse from Jackson isn’t lame … I just throught I’d put it into a bit better perspective so you know what you’re talking about when you’re on the forums going ‘lol witchdoctor’. I don’t want you sounding like an ignorant fool, do I? That’s MY job.