After losing for the second time to Royce Gracie this past Friday night at Bellator 149, Ken Shamrock is taking things to the high courts.
Shamrock, via his team, posted a lengthy message on his personal website in which they state a formal protest of the defeat has already started.
Gracie earned a first round TKO victory in the main event from Houston, but replays of the finish showed what looked to be a possible illegal knee connecting to the groin of Shamrock.
This was the third meeting all-time between the two UFC Hall of Fame fighters, as Gracie won the first at UFC 1 and the second resulted in a draw.
Below is the complete statement from Team Shamrock:
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 at 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. 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 5, 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.
Furthermore, the next bout, if it is to happen, should NOT be ‘Shamrock vs Gracie 4.’ Rather, it should be a redo of ‘Shamrock vs Gracie 3.’ The Shamrock vs Gracie 3 fight is expected to be rendered a no-contest by the TDLR, which in essence would nullify the previous fight. Therefore, the next fight should be considered a restart of the original trilogy. The missed call warrants a full redo, and a complete rematch is essential to help preserve the rich history that these two fighters have created.
A required rematch has seldom been as warranted as the recent Shamrock versus Gracie fight.
A fight of such magnitude must NOT end on a missed call. This legendary fight diserves to happen the correct way—for the fans.
Thank you for the support shown to Ken Shamrock. All the posts, comments, videos, and tweets are appreciated. Ken Shamrock reads the majority of them. Ken personally thanks you.