Even to this day, Jamie Varner is stunned.
He clearly believed he defeated Kamal Shalorus in his last fight. Listening to the broadcast on Versus, clearly the announcers felt Varner had the edge.
As the result was read, the reaction was pretty understandable. The audience booed, and Varner just shook his head - despite having injured hands and feet.
"Total shock, man," the former Lock Haven University wrestler said. "Everyone that watched that fight thought that I won it, except for two judges sitting in the front row. Even without the points I got for the low blows, I still thought that I had the fight won."
With the result also came another surprise.
"I thought that I had earned another title shot," he said. "With Cowboy (Donald Cerrone) coming off a quick loss, and with my match, I felt that I had earned it."
Instead, what Varner got was a rematch of one of the WEC's most controversial fights: Another bout with Cerrone on Sept. 30 in Colorado.
Expect this to be extremely heated, and it won't be for the faint of heart.
At WEC 38 in January 2009, Varner beat Cerrone by split decision after the Arizona native couldn't continue with the match after receiving an illegal knee.
Recently, Cerrone went on TapouT Radio and made some derogatory slurs directed at Varner - also making comments about death in the cage. Cerrone has publicly apologized since the incident, but it added fuel at an already-lit fire.
If he has a response, Varner's keeping it to himself.
Instead, he took the high road - and talked at great length about the opportunity to fight Cerrone again.
"That kind of stuff, I don't get involved in it," Varner said. "I've been fired up for this fight since the last one. Beating him again will secure my position in the WEC and in the lightweight division. It will also prove that I deserve another title shot.
"This rematch has been a long time coming, believe me. A lot of people thought that fight ended too abruptly and everyone has an opinion on it. I am confident going into this fight. I know I can beat him in any position. Right now, it's all about myself. I just have to fight smart."
Cerrone has fought five times since January 2009, losing to Varner and twice to champion Ben Henderson. His last bout was against Henderson in April where he was choked out in the first round.
Of course, the Shalorus decision was a tough one to swallow for Varner, which was his last fight.
The Arizona native, in addition to being awarded several points because of low blows dealt, appeared in complete control - winning the first two rounds soundly.
Fighting with a broken hand and foot in addition to cracked ribs, Varner gutted it out - only to see a draw.
Sitting back, healing up from the tough fight with the "Prince of Persia," Varner (16-3-3) had time to reflect on himself and his MMA career.
"Sometimes in life, you want apples, and all you get is a bag of sour lemons," he said. "Either you can sit back and complain, or you can make great lemonade out of those lemons. I'm very fortunate. I still have a job that I love, and I am the co-main event on the upcoming card. I'm fortunate to be where I am in my career. This is an opportunity to show everyone that I am the future of this division.
"I feel that I am the best in the world. I feel that I can beat anyone in the world. This is my opportunity. Yes, even the best do lose at times. It doesn't mean that they aren't the best. I just means they are human. Last January against Ben Henderson, I made a mistake and I got caught. It was the first mistake I made in four years. If I can go through my career, making one mistake every four years, then I would say that I've had a pretty good one."
The Varner-Cerrone fight will be broadcasted live on Versus, starting at 9 p.m.