gabriel-gonzaga-8.JPGUFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga has yet to appeal his loss to Travis Browne at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that any appeal would be forwarded to the state’s attorney general’s office, who would make the final decision on any possible change to the official result.

Kizer added he didn’t know of any “legal or factual” basis to change the decision.

Gonzaga (14-7 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Browne (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) met on the FX-televised main card of the event, which took place this past Saturday at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Early in the first round, Browne delivered a series of devastating elbows to Gonzaga’s head as the Brazilian worked for a takedown against the fence. The fight was waved off after Gonzaga fell unconscious to the canvas.

At least one of the elbows in Browne’s onslaught clearly was illegal and hit the back of Gonzaga’s head, though the Brazilian appeared to lose consciousness prior to the blow. None of the elbow strikes appeared to be of the illegal “12-to-6? variety.

Many referees and commission representatives contend that illegal blows landed as the direct result of legal blows are not counted as fouls. So if Gonzaga went unconscious due to the previous elbows he took, Browne would not be held responsible for the illegal blow.

Gonzaga’s manager, Marco Alvan, announced on Monday he would file an appeal of the official decision, which was ruled a KO at the 1:11 mark of the first round.

“I need to review it to count how many illegal elbows, but it’s a fact that it was illegal,” he wrote. “I never [complain] about a [loss] who knows me know that I handle it good but illegal we can not accept.”

Alvan was unreachable for comment when contacted today.

The loss snapped a three-fight win streak for Gonzaga, a onetime UFC heavyweight title challenger who rejoined the UFC this past year after a nearly two-year layoff. Previously, he earned back-to-back submission wins over Ednaldo Oliveira and Ben Rothwell.

Browne, meanwhile, returned to the winner’s column following a first-round TKO loss to Antonio Silva.

Browne’s first UFC bout was marred by a similar controversy. Fighting James McSweeney at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, he was accused of landing illegal elbows that aided a first-round TKO win. McSweeney ultimately decided against an appeal.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(Pictured: Gabriel Gonzaga)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Kelvin Gastelum Faces Jorge Masvidal at the TUF: Latin America 3 Finale

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

Fifth-ranked 170-pound contender Kelvin Gastelum faces battle-tested veteran Jorge Masvidal at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale in Mexico City. read news >>

TUF Latin America 3: Episode 2 Preview

  • 29 days ago
  • 36 views

Following a week of introductions as coaches Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin got to know the fighters and make their team selections, the first bout of the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter Lat read news >>

Knockout Radio LIVE: Eddie Gordon, TUF 24’s Matt Schnell, and UFC Hamburg Preview

  • 28 days ago
  • 3 views

Tune in Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 6 pm ET, for Knockout Radio LIVE! as they talk with Eddie Gordon and Matt Schnell, preview UFC Fight Night 93, and recap UFC on FOX 21. read news >>

Following Coaching Stint on TUF 24, Gaston Bolanos Takes Aim at Lion Fight Title

  • 28 days ago
  • 197 views

Gaston Bolanos will get a chance to challenge for his first major Muay Thai title when he takes on veteran Tum Sityodtong in a Lion Fight lightweight title bout. read news >>

USADA Determines Li Jingliang’s Positive Test Result Came from Contaminated Meat

  • 26 days ago
  • 22 views

On Aug. 23, welterweight Li Jingliang was notified by USADA of a potential policy violation stemming from his July 8 fight against Anton Zafir. read news >>

##(Live^~^watch##)%%Villanova vs Pittsburgh l~ive st.rea~m on-li~n.e

  • 25 days ago
  • 7 views

##(Live^~^watch##)%%Villanova vs Pittsburgh l~ive st.rea~m on-li~n.e Click Here ... Watch Here Free>>>> http://bit.do/NcaaLive Click Here ... Watch Here Free>>>> http://bit.do/NcaaLive Click Here ... read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale: Team Benavidez vs Team Cejudo Event Page and Fight Card | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago
  • 43 views

TUF 24: Team Benavidez vs. Team Cejudo Finale fight card rumors and start times for Dec. 3, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. read news >>

Biggest Upset in TUF History Happened This Week | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 48 views

Arguably the biggest upset in the history of The Ultimate Fighter happened on the fifth episode of TUF 24: Tournament of Champions, which aired on Wednesday. read news >>

'TUF 24' contestant Brandon Moreno in for Pettis, meets Louis Smolka at UFC Fight Night 96

  • 5 days ago
  • 19 views

Louis Smolka has had a busy day. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

After impressive result in UFC debut, Luan Chagas intent on becoming welterweight champ

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley might now know the name Luan Chagas just yet, but if “Tarzan” has his way, that will all change soon enough.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>