Originally Posted by Steve08
I actually agree with your definition, seeing as how a gatekeeper is someone you beat for a title shot.
JDS is a gatekeeper. Tibau never even sniffed a #1 contender fight. Big difference.
I've literally never heard that definition of gatekeeper til Sherdog in the past year. I always heard the definition of gatekeeper as defined in the OP. Roy Nelson is the gatekeeper, not JDS.
The "gate" the guy is keeping isn't to a title shot. It is to being ranked/contendership. When you get shut out of the gate you don't go down to another ranked top 10 fight (losing to JDS), you missed your chance at being considered a contender and are back to fighting on prelims again (the up and comer that Nelson smashes in one round).
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