Travis Browne may have posted a highlight reel TKO victory over Gabriel Gonzaga (pictured) Saturday at “The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale,” but the elbow that helped Browne score an extra $50,000 for ‘Knockout of the Night’ was illegal – so say Gonzaga’s Team Link.
Marco Alvan, head Brazilian jiu jitsu instructor for the Massachusetts-based squad, claims at least one of the devastating shots Browne unleashed was illegally placed to the back of Gonzaga’s head.
Alvan plans to file a complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the coming days on his client’s behalf.
“Guys Gabriel Gonzaga is ok, thanks for the messages,” Alvan posted on his Facebook page. “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 Commission 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.
“This video is clear about the elbow,” Alvan continued accompanied by the clip below. “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.”
Best case scenario for Gonzaga is the NSAC will overturn the loss to a no contest if Alvan follows through with an appeal. However, the chances of the commission changing the result are pretty slim.
While Browne may or may not have connected on illegal strikes, they were unintentional and far from blatant. It’s tough to see the NSAC overturning this one.
TUF 17 took place inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.