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Who's The GOAT Gatekeeper?

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  1. bogeyj Yellow Belt

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    Derek Brunson has occupied the gatekeeper role successfully for years now. if you can beat Brunson, you're ready for a shot. He plays that role perfectly.
     
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  3. awymore Brown Belt

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    Nobody can take that title from Fitch
     
  4. fortheo Titanium Belt

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    Neil Magny is up there. He's been gatekeeping the top ten for what seems like ages.

    Answers will vary, though, because nobody seems to agree on what a gatekeeper is. For me, if a guy has fought for a title, he's not a gatekeeper.
     
  5. HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Nate Diaz has been a pretty effective gate keeper for his career. Good fighters beat him and get a small bump in recognition

    Edit: both the Diaz bros really
     
  6. jx820 Silver Belt

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    Fitch or Cowboy. For a while Bisping was looking to be the king but then he went and ruined it by winning a damn belt.
     
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    Dustin Poirier… he is like the gatekeeper for the Top3 for a long time, if you beat him you might get the title, maybe not, but he himself will never become the undisputed ufc champion of any division.
     
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  8. BFoe Fedor Fight Week—WAR GOAT! Platinum Member

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    Eh, I don’t know that I agree with Nick being called a gatekeeper. Nick is a former Strikeforce and WEC champ, not really a gatekeeper to me.
     
  9. BFoe Fedor Fight Week—WAR GOAT! Platinum Member

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    This is a good answer. I was gonna say Fitch, but Fitch isn’t really a gatekeeper. He’d have been champ—probably for awhile—if GSP hadn’t been fighting in the same division.
     
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    Clay Guida or Faber? I know ill get some hate for Faber but the dude never got UFC gold.
     
  11. DOMMA Black Belt

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    It used to be Bisping. A few others that come to mind
    1. Overeem
    2. Benavidez
    3. Cerrone
    4. Magny
    5. Dan Hooker
    6. Derrick Lewis
    7. James Krause
    8. Darren Till
    9. Sean O'Malley - will be in about 2 years
    10. Jeremy Stephens
     
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  12. CTYankee Brown Belt

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    For HW I am going to say Ben Rothwell who has been a gatekeeper for 13 years.
     
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    Bisping eventually broke that status but other than that decent list
     
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    Clay Guida
     
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    Current gatekeepers:

    HW: Volkov
    LHW: Smith
    MW: Brunson, Hermansson
    WW: Magny
    LW: RDA
    FW: Ige
    BW: Moraes, Munhoz
    FlyW: Elliott, Royval
     
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    Weird that I used to think Fitch was kinda hot ?:D?
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  18. AmericanMMA Brown Belt

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    Clay Guida is the correct answer

    Faber was the best at his weight at the WEC, so I don’t count him. If the ufc had his weight class he would’ve been champ.
     
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  19. surrealworlds Black Belt

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    The only right answer. The man who fought the most, fought the best and came so close to gold without getting it.
     
  20. Sure Dawg Purple Belt

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    We are talking about GOAT gatekeeper here, in which case there was one true answer, the real ones, those in the know, will know
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