“Gatekeeper”

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  1. FireKidWS

    FireKidWS TheMeanStreets

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    Just watched Evan Tanner vs Rich Franklin

    Evan Tanner called himself a gatekeeper in his pre fight interview.

    Is this how the term became popular on Sherdog?

    I wasn’t around back then so oldies I appreciate your knowledge
     
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  2. FireKidWS

    FireKidWS TheMeanStreets

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    Also, anyone think it was an early stoppage?
     
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  3. bad seed

    bad seed Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    nope, its a boxing term that precedes mma by a century.
     
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    FireKidWS TheMeanStreets

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    You know when/how the term “can” became popular?
     
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  5. 20falarVerdades

    20falarVerdades Silver Belt

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    Nate Diaz is the ultimate gatekeeper
     
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  6. bad seed

    bad seed Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    not sure when it was first coined, but I've heard it used as far back as the 70's. They typically said "tomato can" and it got shortened over time.
     
  7. bad seed

    bad seed Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    whatever happened to that guy who used to call ufc fighters "club boxers"? Wasnt he your boy?
     
  8. Frank McEdgar

    Frank McEdgar SHERDOG

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    Technically speaking by definition of the word "Gatekeeper", the champions are actually the gatekeepers.
     
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    Arm Barbarian Titanium Belt Platinum Member

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    They keep that Gate on lockdown.
     
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    Quitcherbichen Purple Belt

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    I heard the word soup can/tomato can in boxing when I was a youth in the 70s

    Edit: it's because they are easily "tossed" away/aside
     
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    And as far as origin, I think it was referring to the fact that an incompetent boxer is just a container full of red, like a tomato can. When crushed, the red comes out.

    Edit: also easily crushable
     
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  13. RustyShacleford

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    Nate has never been a gatekeeper. He was a prospect who got kept at the gate a couple times by actual gatekeepers like Clay Guida and Dong Hyun Kim. He has since clearly moved into contender status.
     
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    Irresponsible Dad Blue Belt Platinum Member

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    So technically DC is a Gatekeeper? So what is Sam Alves? The gate doorknob? Who is ed Herman? The gate key?
     
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    Use that money you spend being a member on a free forum and buy a dictionary boys.
     
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    ... the gatekeepers are keeping the gate that separates the champ from everyone else. You have to get past the gatekeeper to get to the champ
     
  18. youllneverwalkalone

    youllneverwalkalone Purple Belt

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    No, they are not. Gatekeepers are fighters you need to beat to get into title contention. Former champions (say, current Aldo at FW) and #1 contender (say, Wonderboy at WW) can become gatekeepers, but certainly not current champions.
     
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  20. MPD-Psycho

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    Was it the first or the second fight? Tanner was champ in the second fight so if he used it there we’ve changed the meaning of the word.
     

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