There was no shortage of controversy during Ken Shamrock's third fight with Royce Gracie in the Belabor 149 main event this past weekend. Gracie hit Shamrock with what appears to have been a low blow, and the referee failed to call a timeout. Gracie subsequently took the advantage and picked up his first TKO of his career.
Following the loss, Shamrock filed an official complaint with the Texas Department Of Licensing And Regulation for not stopping the fight.
In a statement on Shamrock's website:
"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."
Shamrock's team hopes that the decision will be overturned by the Texas Commission to a "no contest" and the fighter definitely wants to "settle things" in a rematch with his Brazilian rival:
"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."
If a fourth fight WERE to happen, Shamrock would view it more as a continuation of the trilogy that was started this past weekend:
"A fight of such magnitude must NOT end on a missed call. This legendary fight disserves to happen the correct way—for the fans."
Shamrock also reached out to his fans via his Facebook fan page:
...and through Twitter:
It's clear that the contest between these two legends isn't over, at least if Shamrock has any say in it. Shamrock met Gracie for the first time back in November of 1993 in the semifinals of UFC 1. He lost that fight via submission. At UFC 5, two years later, the pair squared off again and ended in a draw.
For the record, Gracie doesn't believe his blow was all that low:
"I'm very happy, that was my first knockout. But, I was telling Ken, we come from an era where there was no time limit, no weight division, no gloves, no rules, groin shots were allowed. But it did not catch his groin."
You be the judge (the controversial hit takes place at 5:01 of the video):