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LiverKick Rankings Update: April, 2017 -- Not Much Changes

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The LiverKick Rankings are usually updated quarterly, but honestly, not much was changing so we held off until the end of this month and even then, not much has really changed.

Heavyweight is literally untouched. Light Heavyweight was pretty much untouched until this past weekend when Michael Duut, who felt like a wild card in the first place, fell to Fred Sikking, with Sikking taking a coveted spot in the top five thanks to that knockout and everyone else getting bumped down. Middleweight saw minor, minor changes thanks to Alex Pereira defeating Israel Adesanya.

At Welterweight Karim Ghajji defeated Zoltan Laszak for the Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Championship, earning his number ten spot back and knocking Zoltan out of the rankings. At Lightweight Jonay Risco's win over Tayfun Ozcan gave him another chance at the rankings while Ozcan dropped down. Featherweight is perhaps where the most movement has happened thanks to the recent K-1 tournament that Wei Rui won. Ren Hiramoto's performance leading into the finals also saw him added to the rankings, as did Gonnapar's recent run. That meant that a few solid names had to drop and some were dropped completely, including GLORY's last Featherweight Champion in Robin van Roosmalen. That means for the first time a GLORY champion (or at least should-be champion) is not represented in one of the weight classes. It is not indicative of van Roosmalen's talent (as he clearly belongs in this division as one of the top fighters), but more that at one point many of the top names at Featherweight did compete in GLORY but left for K-1 Japan, Kunlun and other, outside organizations. Thanks to how competitive the division is, GLORY's division has been completely wiped off of the face of the rankings.

We should also note there has been talk of establishing Strawweight rankings to reflect the competitive realm that is 55kg at the moment. 

LiverKick Rankings Updated on 4/25/2017

Heavyweight (Per 4/25)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Benjamin Adegbuyi
3 Roman Kryklia
4 Jamal Ben Saddik
5 Ismael Londt
6 Mladen Brestovac 
7 Jahfarr Wilnis 
8 Fabio Kwasi 
9 Guto Inocente 
10 Anderson "Braddock" Silva 


Heavyweight (Per 4/25)

1 Artem Vakhitov
2 Saulo Cavalari
3 Zack Mwekassa 
4 Mourad Bouzidi 
5 Fred Sikking *
6 Michael Duut v
7 Danyo Ilunga v
8 Roman Kryklia v
9 Fabio Kwasi v
10 Mladen Kujundzic v
Middleweight (Per 4/25)

1 Jason Wilnis 
2 Simon Marcus 
3 Artem Levin 
4 Alex Pereira ^
5 Israel Adesenya v
6 Filip Verlinden v
7 Joe Schilling 
8 Dustin Jacoby 
9 Cedric Doumbe 
10 Fang Bian 
Welterweight (Per 4/25)

1 Cedric Doumbe 
2 Nieky Holzken 
3 Artur Kyshenko 
4 Murthel Groenhart
5 Alexander Stetsurenko
6 Dmitry Valent 
7 Hicham El Gaoui 
8 Raymond Daniels 
9 Yoann Kongolo 
10 Karim Ghajji *
Lightweight (Per 4/25)

1 Superbon Banchamek
2 Sitthichai
3 Robin van Roosmalen 
4 Giorgio Petrosyan
5 Marat Grigorian 
6 Cedric Manhoef 
7 Wu Xuesong 
8 Jonay Risco *
9 Dylan Salvador 
10 Tayfun Ozcan v
Featherweight (Per 4/25)

1 Kaew Weerasakreck
2 Qiu Jianliang 
3 Wei Rui *
4 Ren Hiramoto *
5 Gonnapar Weerasakreck *
6 Ilias Bulaid v
7 Hideaki Yamazaki v
8 Masaaki Noiri v
9 Minoru Kimura v
10 Melsik Baghdasaryan *


* - New Addition

^ - Moved Up

v - Moved Down


The rankings are living rankings that have existed in one form or another since 2009. After the initial rankings were tabulated, they moved on from there. If one fighter beats a fighter ranked above them, they take their place. If a new fighter is introduced, that means that said fighter is ranked above whomever he beat, moving everyone else down. 

Fighters can drop or move up in the rankings without losing or winning, depending on the division in general. After 12 months of inactivity, or if a retirement is announced, fighters can be removed from the rankings. These rankings are also at our discretion.

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Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

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