One of the more controversial victories in recent memory Travis Browne defeated Gabriel Gonzaga via elbow strikes in the first round at TUF 17 Finale on April 13th. Today Gonzaga’s manager announced that the appeal has been denied by Nevada Attorney General’s office.
The loss occurred just over a minute into the first round when Gonzaga had Browne pushed up against the cage. Browne started to bring elbows down to the head of Gonzaga that eventually knocked out ‘Napao’. The last few elbows that Browne landed looked to be to the back of the head, which are considered illegal strikes. This is the basis of the appeal by Gonzaga.
The appeal was filed on April 17th with the Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer. The appeal contended that the referee, Chris Tognoni, failed to acknowledge the illegal blows which directly lead to the loss. Kizer deferred the decision to the Nevada Attorney General’s office based on the fact he was unaware of any statute that would allow the change of this type of TKO loss.
Now that the appeal has been denied, Gonzaga can look forward to his next opponent as he is still on the UFC roster. The loss ended an impressive three-fight win streak that put him back at the top of the crowded Heavyweight division.