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Dave Says, in 4-14-2013 at 01:13:38 from    

if you closely look gonzaga went down with the third elbow which was clearly to the back of the head. i’m no gonzaga fan but this should be a dq in my opinion.

steamer Says, in 4-14-2013 at 01:17:21 from    

that was dirty

MotherlessC**T Says, in 4-14-2013 at 01:19:05 from    

When you see it from a certain angle some look bad but they where all to the side of the head. I’m sure some fans of Gabe will say they where illegal.

MotherlessC**T Says, in 4-14-2013 at 01:20:30 from    

Phony outrage!

straightAhead Says, in 4-14-2013 at 01:24:26 from    

The 3rd 4th and 5th elbows were all back of head.

Tempted Says, in 4-14-2013 at 02:00:38 from    

All were legal except the last one, and it was after Gabe was already out. That shot hit him in the back of the head *because* the shot before it KO’d Gonzaga and his neck went limp, dropping into the path of the elbow.

W*************! Says, in 4-14-2013 at 02:01:03 from    

The last three were to the back but Gonzaga was out by the third one to the side of the head. Hope he’s ok, one looked like it caught him to the spine. OUCH!

W*************! Says, in 4-14-2013 at 02:03:48 from    

Sorry. Behind the neck, cervical vertebrae!

Tear Says, in 4-14-2013 at 02:03:55 from    

There were 5 elbows, Gonzaga went out on the third. 1 and 2 were on the side of the head, 3,4 and 5 on the back.
Should be a dq, unless better footage shows that number 3 was on the side of the head.

senatorLee Says, in 4-14-2013 at 02:16:44 from    

only the last one was to the back of the head, but gonzaga was already done. legit

chilly5101 Says, in 4-14-2013 at 02:17:06 from    

one was legal the rest were to back of head. I know ur in heat of moment but dang. boom I win. PAY Me. U GOT KNOCKED THE F*** OUT. “bye illegal s***”! Interesting! IN THE NFL LIKE DANA WHITE LIKES TO COMPARE TO THERE SHOULD BE A FINE. Miss use of elbow or some s*** anyone over 200 lb delivers power to knock u out there has to be some kind of control there by the athlete. Are we pros or not? That’s the difference in most states, no elbows as an amateur. Gonzaga looked like he was having tough time any ways, would have probably been same out come just later. that the heavy weight division u never know what ur going to get. Heavy Hitters

rockhead Says, in 4-14-2013 at 02:26:19 from    

the last 3 elbows were on the back of the head from this angle.

Ref? Says, in 4-14-2013 at 02:32:47 from    

The ref should be fired asap … Damn .. Gonzaga in a world of pain

AxeMurderer Says, in 4-14-2013 at 02:32:56 from    

You have to be retarded not to see those last few shots were clearly the back of the skull,

Matt Says, in 4-14-2013 at 02:41:29 from    

Of course those are legal shots. In order for those elbows to hit the back of the head, they would have to be downward elbows which are illegal themselves. He was hitting with the SIDE of his elbow- and from that angle could ONLY be hitting the SIDE of his head. DUHHHHH

GSUMMA Says, in 4-14-2013 at 03:03:05 from    

Every ref is a little different when it comes to strikes around the back of the head, but most of them go with the “mohawk” rule. Strikes 1 and 2 were legal, 3 was definitely to the back but it is questionable only because we can’t tell if he Gonzaga reacted to the other two strikes and was A) already going out, or B) turning his head in some-what of a defense, at which point the illegal strike cannot be avoided.

mma made easy Says, in 4-14-2013 at 03:18:25 from    

1 & 2 are okay, 3 seems to depend on the angle. 4 is riiiight to the sweet spot, after that it wouldn’t matter.

4 makes sure he stays down, but 3 is what drops him (and also what causes him to turn his head so that 4 landed in the bad spot)

Comes down to analyzing 3, which, from some angles looks bad, and others, looks okay.

jsnwht Says, in 4-14-2013 at 03:37:25 from    

The third shot was to the back of the head (or close enough to be illegal in my opinion), except it only hit there because Gonzaga turned his head last second. Only *intentional* shots to the back of the head are illegal. This was dirty but not dirty in an illegal way. It was just plain nasty. Gabriel got beat down. No ifs ands or buts.

Notagabefan Says, in 4-14-2013 at 05:58:25 from    

All look dirty to me!,,

Notagabefan Says, in 4-14-2013 at 05:59:41 from    

And he should be thrown out of the UFC for the last 3 death blows to the back of the head!

Twana Says, in 4-14-2013 at 06:35:09 from    


Samoan Brasileiro Says, in 4-14-2013 at 06:50:19 from    

just because he turned his head doesnt mean Hapa was aiming for the back of his head… he was aiming for the side its a fight there are rules but the ref got in there you cant say to DQ him because the last hit was towards the back of it and im a fan of both

football@yahoo.com Says, in 4-14-2013 at 07:05:00 from    

Bruno can you put the nonito donaire fight from last night?

Bruno: Here you go.

vic77 Says, in 4-14-2013 at 07:31:19 from    

No doubt…. some back of the head shots

Joe Dog Says, in 4-14-2013 at 08:26:34 from    

Gonzaga could die from the many crushing blows to the back of his head. Geezus H. MF, that should be a DQ. Ref was out to lunch.

jimbobn Says, in 4-14-2013 at 08:47:11 from    

5 elbows and then the ref jumped in on the 6th. The first two were legal, the 3rd is debatable(although I think its illegal) and the fourth clearly put him out which was 100% to the back of the head; as were the 5th and 6th.

No contest!

Rage Machine Says, in 4-14-2013 at 09:30:55 from    

They were all 12-6 elbows. Doesn’t matter where they land. A 12-6 elbow is a 12-6 elbow which is illegal

AOPrinciple Says, in 4-14-2013 at 09:53:58 from    

I agree with the majority of commentors, here. 1&2 were legal, but 3-5 were pretty clearly illegal, if you ask me.

White tiger Says, in 4-14-2013 at 10:48:11 from    

Im seeing 6 shots, last two to back of the head, shot 3 put him out. For shot 4 his colapased face rotates on browns leg causing the next shots to hit the back of his head. Also, it has been explained before that back of the head really is not the complete back, but the base of the spine –only the last shot, which is a half shot, hits close to the base. If ufc refs keep to this, there shouldn’t be a dq.

KungFuLowKick Says, in 4-14-2013 at 10:50:36 from    

Rewatch the fight.Even if you are very tolerant of shots to the back of the head,the last 2-3 were illegal.One one the base of the neck and 2 behind the head.

KungFuLowKick Says, in 4-14-2013 at 10:52:49 from    

Only 2 hit the side of the head.Even if you don’t throw a 12-6 you can still hit behind the head DUUHHHHH.

str8jkt Says, in 4-14-2013 at 11:35:55 from    

I only saw that #4 might have been to the back of the head. Gotta have trust in the referee and what he sees.

EightLimbedSoldiier Says, in 4-14-2013 at 11:51:49 from    

Listen. Stop being winers. Trav won. Elbows. They happen. Whether it was intentional or not, which most likely it wasnt, he got his hand raised. No one wants to boo or criticize when A. Silva wants to be a dick and run around the ring and hmiliate a fighter i.e. Damian Maia. So stop being a bunch of loose lips and suck it up.

keyboardcowboy Says, in 4-14-2013 at 12:13:18 from    

how do you know for sure? he might have switched angles on the last couple to hit the other side. isnt the rule that you have to touch an ear, or something like that? i saw ears touched, even if by a tricep and not the elbow itself. point is…we dont know. ref knows.

KouNTa KuLCHa Says, in 4-14-2013 at 12:22:05 from    

What are you guys smokin’?!!?

SIX (6) elbows were thrown.

White tiger is right, the last two were to the back of the head..AFTER he was already out.

Watch it again…after the FIRST elbow, he gets the wobbly legs.

Slow call by the ref, but the right fighter won. Your disqualification arguments are disqualified. ☺

Matt Says, in 4-14-2013 at 13:03:57 from    

@ KungFuLowKick Don’t say DUUHHHH to me!!! Or I will say DUUUHHHH back, except twice as long!! DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

MMAgiantsilva Says, in 4-14-2013 at 13:31:33 from    

3-4 illegal strikes for sure.

123 Says, in 4-14-2013 at 14:02:25 from    

12 to 6 elbows are illegal, should have been disqualified. No since in crying over it now, Travis Browne got the win. There has been plenty of finishes that are illegal but the ref does not see it…

Matt Says, in 4-14-2013 at 14:40:24 from    

The last two elbows that everyone is calling downward elbows couldn’t be more false. The last two are forearm strikes to the opposite side of the head. Look at the way he is throwing it. The first few are elbows to the ear, only ONE of those strikes may have been close to the back of the head. The last two he transitions to forearm strikes- which at that angle, appear to be 2 to 6 elbows (which are illegal, and there is no way that’s what happened)

boonching Says, in 4-14-2013 at 15:04:22 from    

I think a few more elbows and Gonzaga just might’ve s*** himself. that was brutal

Not anonymous Says, in 4-14-2013 at 15:18:36 from    

The bigger question is : When will the athletic commissions ban elbows entirely, and legalize knees to a downed opponent’s head? Knees on the ground would allows dominant wrestlers to end the fight instead of just spinning from position to position on a “turtled” opponent. Elbows end fights occasionally, but half of those stoppages are, at the least, questionable in their legality.
A proper knee to the head will probably break the turtle’s hand, and we wont have to deal with all of this stalling….

FailSonnen Says, in 4-14-2013 at 17:27:31 from    

6 elbows were thrown

First two elbows to the side of the head made him wobbly

GONZAGA went out on the THIRD elbow which was to the side of the head

Elbows 4,5 and 6 were all to the back of the head because Gonzaga went out and became limp and the REF RUSHED IN TOO LATE.

Joe Dog Says, in 4-14-2013 at 20:28:43 from    

This is not much different than if your opponent is out cold on the mat and you soccer kick him in the head…2 or three times! DQ or NC. Ref was out to lunch.

thephoenixneverdies Says, in 4-15-2013 at 01:03:45 from    

@ FailSonnen

thanks for saving me time and having to type my opinion cause you nailed it bro, anyone who does not agree with FS’s comments are in denial..simple.

KungFuLowKick Says, in 4-15-2013 at 16:59:09 from    

@Not anonymous
Elbows should never be illegal.In the last couple of years we saw elbows in MMA are not just used to cut people and ruin fights.They can knock people out standing up(Weidman,Marquardt),in the clinch(Nick Denis)and on the ground(Jones).Banning all those possibilities would just bring the sport backwards imo.But I agree with the knees on the ground.And 12-6 elbows should always be legal.They don’t even do as much damage as most elbow strikes that are legal anyways.

KungFuLowKick Says, in 4-15-2013 at 17:01:05 from    

And I only took my examples from the UFC.There’s also probably a million hours of Muay Thai footage where we see elbows are not just used to cut.

jonnyx Says, in 4-15-2013 at 23:26:43 from    

1&2 looked kind of legal, 3-5 were clearly illegal. the funny thing is they look a lot more like downward elbows on the close up. and to the people that are saying “trust the ref” etc….pleeease thats why we have instant replay in other sports….the refs are human and definitely make mistakes.

ETK Says, in 4-16-2013 at 04:50:56 from    

To me, it looks like Travis Browne was negligent and abusive of the rules. Because Travis Browne does not have the capabilities to throw elbows like that with precision and control, ensuring the elbows land fairly and avoid prohibited areas.


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