Going into the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga had been stopped with strikes five of the six times he’d fallen in his career. However, last weekend’s knockout loss to Travis Browne was different than any he’d experienced before. Browne’s finish came after delivering a series of devastating elbows to Gonzaga’s head during a takedown attempt against the fence. Though unique in nature, it wasn’t the manner in which Browne finished Gonzaga standing out in the Brazilian’s mind – it was the legality involved (or lack thereof in his opinion).
Manager Marco Alvan recently went on Facebook where he announced plans to appeal the rumble’s result based on the number of elbows Browne landed to the back of Gonzaga’s head and neck.
“I need to review it to count how many illegal elbows but it’s a fact that it was illegal. I contacted Keith Kizer head of Nevada Athletic Commission and he told me to file a complaint and he would review it. I truly believe it was illegal. I never complain about losses – anyone who knows me knows that I handle it good – but illegal we can not accept,” wrote Alvan. “We appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission because we think there were the illegal elbows to his neck. Before we have accepted any defeat, but this was illegal. This video is clear about the elbow.”
“I hope the commission looks it carefully and makes a correct decision about it. We respect Travis and his camp but it was a sad night. We hope this result can be fixed and get a new fight between them,” he concluded.
Replay of the knockout certainly supports Alvan’s claim, while UFC President Dana White has gone on record saying some of the shots were to the back of Gonzaga’s head but only came after “Napao” was already out cold from legal strikes.
Highlights from the fight can be seen below including the finish in question:
PHOTO CREDIT – MMAWEEKLY