Going into Saturday night's The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga had strung together two consecutive first round submission victories. He looked to continue the pattern when he faced off against Travis Browne. Gonzaga pressed the action against Browne early, pushing his back against the fence as he worked for a single-leg takedown. Browne countered the attack with some devastating elbows that dropped Gonzaga and finished the fight.
Many have complained that, at the very least, the final shots of the fight illegally struck the back of the head. Tatame reported on Sunday night that Gonzaga's team would challenge the official ruling from the NSAC:
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. The Gonzaga okay, thanks for the support.
The translation is rough at best, but still succeeds in getting across the point that Gabriel's team is looking to challenge the ruling. We'll see over the coming weeks whether or not Gonzaga's appeal is successful.