"I feel bad at what happened, but I am definitely planning to protest. Nothing I did was on purpose. I thought I had timed the knee perfectly and that he was on his feet when it was delivered.’’
-- Previously unbeaten Strikeforce lightweight up-and-comer, Billy Evangelista, plans to appeal his disqualification loss to Mike Aina last night (May 15, 2009) at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., which aired live on the premium cable network, Showtime. The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) standout was accused of "intentionally" (and illegally) kneeing the Hawaiian fighter in the head while he was down in the second round. "Iron" was clearly hurt unable to continue, which forced referee Herb Dean to call a stop to the action on the recommendation of the cageside doctor. It was a horrible way to end what was turning into a solid back and forth fight from two hungry and aggressive fighters. The good news is Aina was not satisfied with the win, saying "I don’t look at it as a win for me ... it should have been a no contest." Perhaps that means we'll see a rematch sooner rather than later. Let's run it back!