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December 12, 2013 3:52 pm 36 Comments

This or That: More likely future UFC Heavyweight Champion: Josh Barnett or Gabriel Gonzaga.

JOSH BARNETT: Barnett has more tools in his belt than Gonzanga. Other than Fabricio Werdum, Barnett may be the most gifted grappler in the division. Barnett has an honorary jiu-jitsu black belt under Erik Paulson and is well-versed in catch wrestling, an underrated skill in MMA and Barnett has better hands than most people give him credit for. Not only that, but Barnett has an edge between the ears. Maybe more notable than his ground game is his approach to the game. ‘The Warmaster’ has been there and done that in sport. Among his 39 professional fights he is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, the King of Pancrase Openweight Champion and was a finalist in the Pride 2006 Openweight Grand Prix and Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournaments. Third, and probably most important, Barnett has a much shorter path to a title shot than Gonzanga. After Barnett submits Travis Browne on Dec. 28th, he will likely get the next crack at UFC gold. – Brett Auten

GABRIEL GONZAGA: Gonzaga’s next fight will be the fight that tells us if he’s ready for another title run or not. He needs to win, and win as convincingly as he did against Shawn Jordan – that should set up a contender’s match with him and a top 3 heavyweight. – Jim Chadwick

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