As usual with MMA, the TUF 17 Finale was not without controversy. Miesha Tate complained about the ref stoppage in her fight, but the bigger question was whether a knee she took to the face shortly before then was legal or not. I’ve slowed that bitch down to a quarter of its original speed and it’s still hard to tell.
Her hand is coming off the mat right as the knee lands. From the angle we have you can’t tell if the knee has actually connected while she’s grounded. So it comes down to the strike being either barely legal or barely illegal.
In other inconclusive illegal striking, Gabriel Gonzaga is not happy about the way his fight ended with Travis Browne. Here’s what his management told Tatame:
“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 Comission 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.”
“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.”
Here’s another case with more strange shit happening that falls in between the cracks of the rules. Did Browne hit Gonzaga with a downward elbow to the back of the head? That would be doubly illegal, and it certainly seems like he did. But it also looks like Gonzaga was already out when those strikes came. So what the hell happens then?
There’s precedence going both ways – Jon Jones and Erick Silva have both been disqualified for downward elbows and blows to the back of the head during the final moments of their fights. But Vitor Belfort also wailed on the back of Akiyama’s head and got away with it. The only constants here: what was decided on the night of the fight is what stood on the records. So Gonzaga and Tate can rage all they want, but it’s probably not going to do them any good.