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Gatekeepers can be viewed in high regard. Some have a solid record in top organizations and have competed against some high caliber names, but usually come out on the losing end of those encounters. Many rankings gatekeepers have previously been near the top but have fallen on hard times.
A notable characteristic of a rankings gatekeeper is his tendency to alternate between fighting a rising prospect and then fighting an established entity.
The rankings gatekeeper usually ranks between 8-12 in his division, and a win over him is something that is likely to place an opponent in the bottom half of the top 10. An example of a rankings gatekeeper is Thiago Silva.
UFC Record: 5-3 (1)
Biggest Wins: Keith Jardine, James Irvin, Houston Alexander
Biggest Losses: Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Alexander Gustafsson
Although Silva was once thought to be a world-class fighter, the fact remains that his biggest win came over Keith Jardine, while he has lost to every Top 10 fighter who has been put in front of him.
Does that mean Silva isn't dangerous? Not hardly.
Silva has tremendous technical striking, and he delivers his punches with notable power. In fact, Silva's last nine wins have come via strikes.
As a rankings gatekeeper, beating Silva gives any fighter a legitimate claim to making the top 10 of their division.
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