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Gabriel Gonzaga to Protest TUF 17 Finale Loss

Gary A. Vasquez - USA TODAY Sports

Gary A. Vasquez – USA TODAY Sports

UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga will be appealing his knockout loss to Travis Browne at the UFC’s TUF 17 Finale. Gonzaga’s manager, Marco Alvan, took to Facebook to announce that the Brazilian would be appealing the loss on Monday. NSAC has not commented on the matter at this time.

Said Avlan:

Guys Gabriel Gonzaga is ok, thanks for the messages. I need to review it to count how many illegal elbows but Its a fact that it was illegal. I contacted Keith Kizer head of Nevada Athletic Comission and he told me to file a complaint and he would review it. I true believe it was illegal. I never complaint about a losses who knows me know that I handle it good but illegal we can not accept.

I very hope the commission look it carefully and make 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. I don’t know who post it but thanks to clarify for all of us!

Gonzaga was knocked out while working for a takedown along the cage. Browne would land a vicious salvo of elbows that many began to question as it happened. Official opinions have greatly varied on the matter. While most officials I have spoken with were ok with the first few elbows by Browne, opinions varied greatly on the legality of the last few elbows due to different interpretations of the rules.

The elbows clearly landed to the back of the head, with the disagreement coming from when Gonzaga was knocked out. This is important due to the fact that once Gonzaga referee begins to rule a knockout, the blows are generally ruled incidental until the official stepped in.

Appeals of violations like this are generally difficult to win, as commissions are usually unwilling to second-guess their officials’s rulings.


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