• TUF 17 Finale

Gonzaga to file complaint against Browne elbows

ESPN staff
April 15, 2013
Gabriel Gonzaga was knocked out by the controversial elbows of Travis Browne at the TUF 17 Finale © Getty Images

Gabriel Gonzaga will file an official complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission after his controversial knockout against Travis Browne on Saturday.

Gonzaga searched for a single-leg against the Octagon wall, but suddenly found himself crumpled on the mat after Browne delivered a series of serious elbows to the side - and arguably back - of his head.

The main point of contention may prove the angle of the elbows, which are deemed illegal if delivered at a 12-6 (north-to-south) angle. It appeared only one blow landed to the back of the head, but Gonzaga will contest both.

"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," Gonzaga's manager Marco Alvan wrote on Facebook.

"I truly believe it was illegal. I never complain about losses, [those] who know me know that I handle it good. But illegal we cannot accept.

"We appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The video is clear about the elbow… I hope the commission look at 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."

If successful, the appeal could wipe off Browne's victory after a night that saw him win the Knockout of the Night cheque. President Dana White was OK with the decision on the night, believing Browne's elbows to have been legal until Gonzaga fell to the mat.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.