Ken Shamrock has started the paperwork in regards to filing a protest after his loss to Royce Gracie this past Friday night at Bellator 149.
Shamrock claims a low blow led to the first round stoppage victory for his long-time rival, and that the loss should be changed. His team posted a statement on his official website in regards to the protest.
“On Sunday, February 21, 2016, Team Shamrock has officially filed a complaint with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) disputing the foul missed by the ref for Bellator 149 on February 19, 2016. The contest was stopped erroneously due to Ken Shamrock’s inability to fight back or protect himself after the illegal knee to the groin.
“The replay of the low blow was shown several times to the fans of the Toyota Center where the contest was held. Each time it was played, the fans gasped and booed relentlessly when they witnessed the groin being kneed.
“Fans from around the world have been calling for an immediate rematch between Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie. There should be no delay scheduling this redo as the fans had expected to watch this historic bout,” it wrote. “Instead, the fans who watched in record numbers were robbed from seeing what they were expecting to see. They expected to witness a rivalry 23 years in the making come to a close. However, the fans are left disenfranchised. The fans lost out on a missed call on an obvious illegal foul. Shamrock and Gracie fought in UFC 1 and 3, and most recently in Bellator 149, which was supposed to be the bout to finally settle things once and for all. That did NOT happen, but it should and soon.
“A fight of such magnitude must NOT end on a missed call. This legendary fight disserves to happen the correct way—for the fans.”
This marked the third official meeting between Shamrock (28-17-2) and Gracie (15-2-3), as the Brazilian improved to 2-0-1 in the series. Gracie won the first at UFC 1 via submission, while the rematch ended in a time-limit draw.