As much as some (ME) would like for it to, this whole Ken Shamrock (pictured) vs. Royce Gracie thing just won’t go away.
Two days after suffering a TKO loss to go down 0-2-1 against Gracie, Shamrock filed a complaint with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the governing body who sanctioned Friday’s Bellator 149 event inside Toyota Center in Houston where the trilogy between Shamrock and Gracie served as the show’s featured attraction, regarding the apparent illegal knee to the groin Gracie landed that Shamrock believes lead directly to his defeat.
Referee Jacob Montalvo did not see the illegal strike, likely because Shamrock was very slow to react to it. Gracie continued to pound away at his longtime rival’s face while Shamrock was pleading for a stoppage so he could recover from the cup shot. That break never came and Gracie’s assault came to a conclusion just two minutes and 22 seconds into the scrap.
Shamrock immediately bounced to his feet after the fight was called and accused Gracie of intentionally kneeing him in the nuts.
According to the official statement released by Shamrock, “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.”
Yeah, I’m not so sure about that, but Shamrock is giving his best effort to have the TKO defeat overturned to a no contest. That’s an unlikely scenario, but you can’t blame “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” for trying.
Shamrock, who just turned 52 this month, has dropped three straight scraps. Even if he doesn’t get another “trilogy” that he’s petitioning for, it is believed the UFC Hall of Famer will continue fighting.
Here is Shamrock’s complete statement:
“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.