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Gonzaga camp to protest Browne loss


At this weekends TUF 17 Finale, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) was awarded a win as well as the “Knockout of the Night” bonus for disposing of competitor Gabriel Gonzaga (14-7 MMA, 9-6 UFC) via elbows, just 71 seconds into their fight.

At least a couple of the blows appear to violate both the no striking to the back of the head rule, and the 12-6 elbow rule. The referee may have ended the fight when the initial, legal elbows landed, and thus the later ones would not count towards a disqualification.

This is the position held by UFC president Dana White who addressed the matter during the TUF 17 post-fight media scrum:

“Me and Joe Silva looked at a replay of it on the Internet, he was out with the ones to the side (of the head), and then he hit him with a couple more to the back of the head after he was already out. That’s the way that I saw it.”

“You know me, if I didn’t think the referees did a good job I would tell you. They did a good job tonight, considering the bad situations tonight when people were in bad situations, they did a good job tonight of stopping the fights.”

For his part, Browne says there was no ill intent:

“I remember hitting him with one, and the referee was right there, I could kind of see him standing off to the side, and he didn’t say anything. I hit him with two more, and by that time he was done. I just kind of stopped. I didn’t feel him fighting anymore. I try to be respectful in the cage, and if I know somebody can’t defend themselves, I’m not going to take advantage of that.”

Gonzaga’s manager, Marco Alvan, says the decision will be appealed to the governing regulatory body, the Nevada Athletic Commission.  Alvan made the following comments via Facebook:

“Guys Gabriel Gonzaga is ok, thanks for the messages,” wrote Alvan.

“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.”

“We appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission because we think were the illegal elbows neck. Whenever we had accepted any defeat, but this was illegal.”

“This video is clear about the elbow.

“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.”

What are your thoughts Penn nation? Let’s hear it!

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7 Comments to Gonzaga camp to protest Browne loss

  1. Dee says:

    How did this get knock out of the night and not Clint Hester’s elbow>

  2. JohnDavidSmithJr. says:

    “I’ve been watching from the beginning, you’re (1) of the best”…! God bless brother…

  3. Arpan says:

    Its fuckin doesnt mette if he hit in the back of head after he was out !The most important is he hit him in the head and this is illl Fuckin lllegalll!!!!snowmans!!!!!This is all about brownes behaving.This is like he hit him by head after gonzaga was out!!And that could be good?because gonzaga was out:)

  4. Slim Charles says:

    It was very hard to tell…

  5. g jitsu says:

    I THINK POEOPLE THAT JUST WATCH THE SPORT SHOULDNT ACT LIKE THEY KNOW THE SPORT. UNLESS U HAVE COACHED OR HAVE FAUGHT IN MMA U SHOULD SIT BACK AND SHUT UP. REGUARDLESS OF THE FACT THAT HE WAS OUT WHICH IN MY OPION HE DIDNT FULLY COLASPE UNTIL THE SECOND ELBOW WHICH WAS DIRECTLY IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD AND THEN 3 MORE TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD THEN THE REF CALLED THE FIGHT. THE FIGHT WASNT OVER FROM THE FIRST ELBOW SO THERE FOR BROWN AND GOZA SHOULD GET A NO CONTEST N BATTLE IT OUT AGAIN. THE REF WAS HORRIBLE. SO TAKE THE WIN FROM BROWN N LOSE FROM GOZA AND LET THEM GO AGAIN THAT WOULD BE THE MOST RESPECTFUL THING TO DO I THINK GOZA’S CAMP HAS A GOOD CHANCE AT THE APPEAL AND LET HERB DEAN REF IT HES THE BEST IN THE BIZ I THINK ANYWAYS.

    • Chance Saller says:

      g jitsu. I’ve fought 6 times, and competed in multiple kickboxing matches. I saw Gonzaga collapse after the first elbow and the next few were icing on the cake. Maybe a few were illegal. The point is, Gonzaga should take this loss like a man. He was knocked unconscious, he lost end of story. Browne would destroy him in a rematch anyway. This rematch would be almost as pointless as Velasquez vs Bigfoot II.

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