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September 2016 LiverKick Rankings Update: Featherweight In Chaos

As we leave the summer behind there were a lot of changes in the LiverKick rankings. From a personal standpoint, my wife and I just had twins, which accounts for why this is later than we would have liked. That just meant that Jay and I had a lot of work to do for these. 

The LiverKick rankings date back to 2010 when Fraser Coffeen and myself began ranking fighters across multiple divisions, with the only way to move up the rankings (or being added to them) being defeating a ranked opponent. Therefore, these rankings are based upon who beats who, not talent, potential or anything else. They are also current, meaning that past wins or losses are not taken into account when ranking a fighter. 

 There wasn't a ton of movement at Heavyweight this time out. The biggest changes come by the way of Hesdy Gerges finding his way back onto the rankings and Andrei Gerasmichuk drops down accordingly. Light Heavyweight saw Zack Mwekassa become the Interim GLORY champion, defeating Mourad Bouzidi, which caused a few slides. Ionut Iftimoaie makes his debut after defeating Jorge Loren.

Middleweight is where there was some serious action. Jason Wilnis is the new GLORY champ, usurping Simon Marcus. Israel Adesenya has had a tremendous run since our last update in May and Ibrahim El Boustati makes his way onto the rankings thanks to a big win over Verlinden. Joe Schilling's drop is entirely because of the loss to Hisaki Kato, who immediately "retired" from kickboxing afterwards. It'll be interesting to see what else shakes up in this division.

Welterweight has been relatively static, mostly because Nieky Holzken is still the king and nobody has beaten him. The only movement comes thanks to Bellator Kickboxing's shake-up at the top of their division, with Zoltan Laszak defeating Karim Ghajji.

The lighter weight classes are where things get really odd. Superbon Banchamek is a beast and made Sitthichai look human, which is kind of amazing. There were a few omissions this time out due to activity issues of Yodsanklai and yet another "I'm leaving kickboxing," this time from Enriko Gogokhia, who has moved to the US to pursue a boxing career. Wu Xuesong has continued to be impressive, as has Tayfun Ozcan. Josh Jauncey hit a rough patch, but due to departures moved up and Jomthong makes his rankings debut.

Featherweight is where the shake-up was, with super-hyped Ilias Bulaid making his rankings debut at #2 thanks to a strong performance in the K-1 tournament. The real shake-up came from Massaro Glunder losing. For those of you who might not grasp how ridiculous these rankings can be to tabulate, Glunder's loss to Kim Minsoo then opened up the division for Wei Ninghui and Abdallah Ezbiri, meaning that some of the names on the list had to drop. 

As an aside, Gabriel Varga remains in his spot even though he did win the GLORY championship. The reality is that Featherweight is the most competitive division in the entire sport and it is also a fractured division. Due to these shake-ups, mainstays like Yuta Kubo had to be removed, as did former champion Serhiy Adamchuk. Remember, these rankings began a while back and rely on who-beats-who. One loss to someone outside of the rankings can -- and does -- create chaos. 

LiverKick Rankings Updated on 9/28/2016

Heavyweight (Per 9/16)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Benjamin Adegbuyi
3 Ismael Londt
4 Jahfarr Wilnis
5 Fabio Kwasi
6 Guto Inocente
7 Jamal Ben Saddik
8 Anderson Silva
9 Hesdy Gerges *
10 Andrei Gerasmichuk v

Light

Heavyweight (Per 9/16)

1 Artem Vakhitov
2 Saulo Cavalari
3 Zack Mwekassa ^
4 Mourad Bouzidi v
5 Danyo Ilunga v
6 Mladen Kujundzic v
7 Ionut Iftimoaie *
8 Jorge Loren v 
9 Andrei Stoica v
10 Luis Tavares
Middleweight (Per 9/16)

1 Jason Wilnis ^
2 Simon Marcus v
3 Artem Levin v
4 Israel Adesenya ^
5 Ibrahim El Boustati *
6 Filip Verlinden v
7 Alex Pereira v
8 Joe Schilling v
9 Dustin Jacoby v
10 Cedric Doumbe v
Welterweight (Per 9/16)

1 Nieky Holzken
2 Artur Kyshenko
3 Cedric Doumbe
4 Murthel Groenhart
5 Hicham El Gaoui
6 Raymond Daniels
7 Yoann Kongolo
8 Zoltan Laszak *
9 Karim Ghajji
10 Mustapha Haida v
Lightweight (Per 9/16)

1 Superbon Banchamek *
2 Sitthichai
3 Robin van Roosmalen v
4 Giorgio Petrosyan
5 Marat Grigorian ^
6 Wu Xuesong ^
7 Tayfun Ozcan ^
8 Anatoly Moiseev *
9 Josh Jauncey ^
10 Jomthong Chuwattana *
Featherweight (Per 9/16)

1 Kaew Weerasakreck
2 Ilias Bulaid *
3 Hidaeki Yamazaki v
4 Masaaki Noiri v
5 Minoru Kimura v
6 Wei Ninghui *
7 Abdallah Ezbiri *
8 Kim Minsoo *
9 Gabriel Varga
10 Massaro Glunder v

Legend:

* - New Addition

^ - Moved Up

v - Moved Down

Rules:

The LiverKick.com 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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May 2016 LiverKick Rankings Update: Ch-ch-ch-changes Galore

There has been a lot going on this year for both Jay and I, so we waited for the rankings to really need an update. The thing is, now that we got to tackle them, they needed a lot of changes. After a rather uneventful early part of the year we are seeing major changes in quite a few divisions. While at times we've been able to let entire divisions stand as they are, this time around each division has at least one big change.

The LiverKick rankings date back to 2010 when Fraser Coffeen and myself began ranking fighters across multiple divisions, with the only way to move up the rankings (or being added to them) being defeating a ranked opponent. Therefore, these rankings are based upon who beats who, not talent, potential or anything else. They are also current, meaning that past wins or losses are not taken into account when ranking a fighter. 

Heavyweight saw some changes, some were good, others were questionable. Brian Douwes had a win over Jamal Ben Saddik to earn his spot, then had an incredible slide that bumped him out. Easy come, easy go. New additions are in WFL tournament winner Fabio Kwasi and GLORY newcomer Guto Inocente. Both had ranked wins that put them on the map here and have taken hold of the middle of the division. Their addition means that Badr Hari once again slides out of the rankings, mirroring his lack of activity against, well, anyone. 

Light Heavyweight saw a big departure in the way of Gokhan Saki. In a way, that was a long time coming. Saki hasn't competed at this weight in a very long time and his last fight was now well over a year ago now, meaning that he has finally been dropped. This makes Artem Vakhitov the undisputed #1 Light Heavyweight in the world. There are two additions to the rankings at this point, one being Mladen Kujundzic thanks to his recent win over Andrei Stoica and Luis Tavares. Middleweight only saw movement really at the top with Marcus and Levin swapping, Wilnis and Schilling swapping and the addition of Cedric Doumbe who is a rare case of a fighter ranked in two divisions.

Welterweight is another division that has seen some shake-ups. While Holzken is still unmoving, Artur Kyshenko is on an incredible run and Cedric Doumbe hasn't tasted defeat in a while now. Mustapha Haida has made some big strides and makes his debut. Lightweight has seen only a few changes, notably the slide of Davit Kiria. Enriko Gogokhia's win over him earns him a rather high spot on the list. Tayfun Ozcan has quietly been making his way into the top ten for a while now and once again, Davit Kiria is welcoming new names into the rankings.

Featherweight is, well, Featherweight. That'll probably change again soon after the next K-1 Japan event. 

LiverKick Rankings Updated on 5/26/2016

Heavyweight (Per 5/16)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Benjamin Adegbuyi
3 Ismael Londt
4 Jahfarr Wilnis
5 Fabio Kwasi
6 Guto Inocente
7 Jamal Ben Saddik
8 Anderson Silva
9 Andrei Gerasmichuk
10 Zabit Samedov

Light

Heavyweight (Per 5/16)

1 Artem Vakhitov
2 Saulo Cavalari
3 Mourad Bouzidi
4 Danyo Ilunga
5 Mladen Kujundzic
6 Jorge Loren
7 Andrei Stoica
8 Zack Mwekassa
9 Luis Tavares
10 Reduon Cairo
Middleweight (Per 5/16)

1 Simon Marcus
2 Artem Levin
3 Jason Wilnis
4 Joe Schilling
5 Filip Verlinden
6 Alex Pereira
7 Dustin Jacoby
8 Israel Adesanya
9 Cedric Doumbe
10 Fang Bian
Welterweight (Per 5/16)

1 Nieky Holzken
2 Artur Kyshenko
3 Cedric Doumbe
4 Murthel Groenhart
5 Hicham El Gaoui
6 Raymond Daniels
7 Yoann Kongolo
8 Mustapha Haida
9 Karim Ghajji
10 Bai Jinbin
Lightweight (Per 5/16)

1 Robin van Roosmalen
2 Sitthichai
3 Enriko Gogokhia
4 Giorgio Petrosyan
5 Yodsanklai Fairtex
6 Marat Grigorian
7 Wu Xuesong
8 Tayfun Ozcan
9 Dzhabar Askerov
10 Josh Jauncey
Featherweight (Per 5/16)

1 Kaew Fairtex
2 Hidaeki Yamazaki
3 Masaaki Noiri
4 Minoru Kimura
5 Massaro Glunder
6 Yasuomi Soda
7 Yuta Kubo
8 Serhiy Adamchuk
9 Gabriel Varga
10 Qui Jian Liang
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Steven 'The Warman' Wright's Women's Pound-for-Pound List: May 2016

In putting together this women's pound for pound lists I must first make it clear that there is no difficulty in finding talented women. The difficulty lives in how many talented women there are. I could make a list for several weight classes, but it gets so thin after number five, that I thought a better representation for female Muay Thai and kickboxing fighters is to do a p4p list. 

My criteria is simple; the total number of victories over solid opposition is number one. Another way to put it; who did you beat and how did you beat them. A win is good, a KO win is better. Championships mean little, because there is a world champion in 90 percent of the gyms in the world. It means more to travel or import top talent and test ones self in that way than it is to remain undefeated against familiar opposition. Volume of fights is huge. If you flirt with boxing and MMA from time to time and do not build your kickboxing and Muay Thai resumes, fighters can jump you. Also if you are predominately a stadium Muay Thai fighter this is not the list for you. The major stadiums do not have female fights as of right now so all the champs are from regional stadiums. Muay Thai contributor Sylvie Duuglas Ittu has a great list for those that want lighter weight stadium fighters. Without further a due, your Liverkick.com female pound for pound(p4p) rankings. 

Honorable mentions, (Marianna Kalergi, Ilona Wijmans, Miriam Nakamoto (not sure if she is returning, but she is elite) Julia Berezikova (would be in the top 15 if she didn't compete in MMA so much, still an elite fighter with a good resume) Lucia Krajcovic, Lucy Payne and Rachel Adamus.

15. Anissa Haddaoui HOLLAND/MOROCCO

Fresh off a tournament win over all action star Ilona Wijman's and Sheena Windershoven she enters the top 15. She will have to be more consistent to move up in the rankings.

14. Mio JAPAN

Mio is a KO artist that campaigns at 48kgs, the smallest weight class in competitive fighting. She will struggle to move up in the rankings due to lack of depth in the weight class. However she has been the girl to beat in Shootboxing's smallest division for some time now. Her KO over Yuuki is violent stuff

13. Samantha van Doorn HOLLAND

Samantha is on fire right now. Sure, she has been beaten by the top women on this list. But she has won three straight over Australia's Sam Brown, Ilona Wijmans(2015 Fight of the Year), and Patrizia Gibelli

12. Eva Naranjo SPAIN

Eva has a controversial win over Iman Barlow and a solid win over Sam Brown. However her boxing focus has taken away from her kickboxing resume of late so she can only be on the list at 12.

11. Anke van Gestel BELGIUM

Its hard to find a more active fighter than the 22yr old Anke van Gestal. She fights anyone, and despite some loses to the better women in the sport she has just beaten Rachida Bouhout and Aleide Lawant, Bouhout was a higher weight Enfusion champion. Anke has also beaten Lindsey Haycraft Sheer, veteran Claire Haigh, Sarah Debaieb, and Ilona Wijmans in an Awesome fight.

10. Antonina Shevchenko PERU

Sister of All time Great Muay Thai fighter Valentina Shevchenko, Antonina has built quite the resume herself. Fresh off a Enfusion reality show tournament win over Laetitia Bakissy and Shana Lammers. Antonina started the year off right and then signed with Lion Fight. If all goes well, she will get one fight to showcase her skill and then a title shot with Jorina Baars later in the year. Lack of opponents could mean the Jorina fight is next. 

9. Jemyma Betrian HOLLAND/SURINAME 

Activity is the only reason why Jemyma isn't higher. Outside of a draw to Tiffany van Soest, Betrian is unblemished. No loses in kickboxing and wins over Christi Brereton, E Meidie, and Wang Kehan in an epic fight. She hasn't fought kickboxing in two years, but also hasn't committed to MMA full so she makes the list. 

8. E Meidie CHINA

Though controversial, E Meidie has the biggest win on this list in an extra round decision victory over Anissa Mekson. She also beat Isis Verbeek and won six times in eleven months. She will need more total fights to move up, but she is in the elite women's weight class so opportunities will come.

7. Wang Kehan CHINA

Despite E Medie having the big win, the best fighter in China is Wang Kehan. She burst on the scene when she almost stopped Jemyma Betrian in the first round. Since that fight, she trains with Betrian and hasn't lost a fight sense. Irena Mazepa, Michaela Michl, and Masha Valent. Unlike Meidie, Wang has left the country and has had success without the favoring of hometown judges, winning in the US, Belarus, and the Philippines. She just stopped Rachel Adamus on Kunlun so she is adding to her resume every month. 

6. Tiffany van Soest USA

The American super star has been Lion Fight Champion pretty much since it has aired on TV. She has wins over Ashley Nichols, Bernise Aldis, Lucy Payne(twice) and Alexis Rufus. Tiffany had a tough 2014 losing to Muay Thai Legend Caley Reece and Denist Kielholtz. But she bounced back to regain her Lion Fight title and is now signed to Glory kickboxing. She is seen as the premiere signing in the women's division and now fighting between 52 and 54kgs she will have plenty of chances to move up in the rankings. 

5. Rena JAPAN

The Shootboxing queen hasn't lost since she was 19yrs old in 2011. Sense then she is beating and stopping opponents. Elli Maria Ekstrom, Christina Jurjevic(Twice), Ai Takahashi, and her most important victory, a 5rd decision over Erika Kamimura, who would be on this list had illness not end her career. Rena is a talent and her KOs of Za Za Sor Aree and Reinthong are brutal and beautiful.

4. Denise Keilholtz HOLLAND/SURINAME

She is the best 57kg fighter on the planet. Denise has wins over Ilona Wijmans(controversial), Lindsey Haycraft Sheer, Vicky Church, Lucy Payne, Lucia Krajcovic, Cindy Huyer, and a big win over Tiffany van Soest at a time when most felt they were one and two in the world. Denise is fresh off a win in Bellator's kickboxing league so more to come from the Dutch/Suriname fighter

3. Jorina Baars HOLLAND

Jorina Baars is amazing. She has the combination to low kick game down, uses her length well, and is getting victories in Muay Thai, which isn't even her best stand up sport(she is a better kickboxer). Victories over Martina Jindrova(twice), Chantel Ughi (twice), Anissa Haddaoui and the most important win in the history of women's Muay Thai, a dominate victory over the unbeatable MMA star Cyborg Santos. Outside of that there isn't much talent in the higher weight classes so her inevitable fight with new Lion Fight signee Antonina Shevchenko is an opportunity to move up. 

2. Iman Barlow ENGLAND

In truth, no one has a better resume than Iman Barlow. No female fighter on the planet, in boxing, MMA, or Muay Thai fights as much and win's as much as Iman. She has wins over, Samantha van Doorn(twice), Alexis Rufus, Maria Lobo, Adi Rotem, Mellony Geugjes, Johanna Ryberg, Ferial Ameeroedien, and Fani Peloumpi to name a few of many. The only reason she isn't number one is because of a stoppage loss to Anissa Meksen in the Enfusion reality show tournament. Outside of that, the girl who beat the boys Iman Barlow is a prodigy in the sport and has been fighting in Muay Thai since she was 3...that isn't a joke. She has more than 150 fights. 

1. Anissa Meksen FRANCE

French fighter Anissa Meksen is he number one p4p female fighter on the planet due to her resume and the way she won. She has victories over Isis Verbeek, Maria Lobo, and Ashley Nichols. But she has stoppage wins over Adi Rotem, Johanna Ryberg, Phet Yodying, and the win that makes her number 1, a stoppage victory over p4p number 2 Iman Barlow. A controversial loss to E Meidie is the only blemish to her otherwise stellar record. She should remain at the top spot, but the arrival of Glory's female division could mean a possible fight with Tiffany van Soest and a rematch with Iman Barlow. Yet as it stands, Anissa Meksen is the number one p4p female kickboxing/Muay Thai fighter on the planet.

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December 2015 LiverKick Rankings Update: Badr Hari Returns to the Rankings

Yes, it's that time again. That time is for the official LiverKick Rankings to be updated. The last major show for the year has happened in GLORY 26 and while we prepare for 2016 Jay Jauncey and myself took a look at the rankings and spent hours hashing out who goes where. The LiverKick rankings date back to 2010 when Fraser Coffeen and myself began ranking fighters across multiple divisions, with the only way to move up the rankings (or being added to them) being defeating a ranked opponent. Therefore, these rankings are based upon who beats who, not talent, potential or anything else. They are also current, meaning that past wins or losses are not taken into account when ranking a fighter. 

Heavyweight is, for a lack of a better term, a mess. Rico Verhoeven is firmly at the top, but everything after that feels like an amorphous blob of traded wins, confusing losses and strange additions. The first thing is, yes, for the first time since his incarceration, Badr Hari returns to the LiverKick rankings. His recent victory over Ismael Londt secured his spot for the time being. Adegbuyi, after two unsuccessful title challenges, moves up to #2 without much of a hope of moving up for a while. Jahfarr Wilnis, after a tournament victory in Kunlun and a second place finish in a GLORY tournament jumps up to #3. Everything from there is an existential nightmare. Jamal Ben Saddik lost to Brian Douwes, who enters the rankings for the very first time in the unthinkable spot of #4 and, well, not much else changed, although I get the distinct impression that Gerges might go inactive at some point.

Gokhan Saki's stranglehold on the Light Heavyweight division continues with the announcement of his return to GLORY. The one fight he had this year kept him from being expunged due to inactivity and hopefully we'll have some order at the top of that division soon as the #1 and #2 are set to meet in early 2016. Artem Vakhitov and Mourad Bouzidi picked up wins over Danyo Ilunga, seeing both of them bump up and Jorge Loren's win over Andrei Stoica earned him a spot on the rankings.

Middleweight has seen very little movement of late, with Dustin Jacoby earning the #7 spot after a win over Wayne Barrett and Barrett dropping down to #10 with his future looking doubtful at the moment.

Welterweight sees Holzken hold onto the division via a controversial decision while Groenhart gets the coveted #2 spot. Yoann Kongolo made a splash on the division while Karapet faced a tough loss that sent him down.

Nothing changed at Lightweight. Seriously.

Featherweight saw the usual reshuffling that we tend to see, with Glunder rising in the face of a loss in muay thai and a few strange wins at way higher weight classes, but still doing well at his home weight of 65kg. Noiri moves up, Soda moves down and Serhiy Adamchuk earns that #7 spot by defeating Gabriel Varga for the GLORY Featherweight title, continuing the trend of the GLORY FW champion not being near the top of the division due to the depth of talent in Japan and the lack of depth in GLORY's division. Zouggari holds onto his spot on the rankings amidst all of the shifting by finally booting Suzuki out of the rankings and all is right with the world.

Heavyweight (Per 12/15)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Benjamin Adegbuyi
3 Jahfarr Wilnis
4 Brian Douwes
5 Jamal Ben Saddik
6 Anderson Silva
7 Hesdy Gerges
8 Andrei Gerasmichuk
9 Zabit Samedov
10 Badr Hari

Light

Heavyweight (Per 12/15)

1 Gokhan Saki
2 Saulo Cavalari
3 Artem Vakhitov
4 Mourad Bouzidi
5 Danyo Ilunga
6 Michael Duut
7 Jorge Loren
8 Andrei Stoica
9 Zack Mwekassa
10 Reduon Cairo
Middleweight (Per 12/15)

1 Artem Levin
2 Simon Marcus
3 Joe Schilling
4 Filip Verlinden
5 Jason Wilnis
6 Alex Pereira
7 Dustin Jacoby
8 Israel Adesanya
9 Fang Bian
10 Wayne Barrett
Welterweight (Per 12/15)

1 Nieky Holzken
2 Murthel Groenhart
3 Artur Kyshenko
4 Hicham El Gaoui
5 Raymond Daniels
6 Yoann Kongolo
7 Karim Ghajji
8 Karapet Karapetyan
9 Paul Daley
10 Bai Jinbin
Lightweight (Per 12/15)

1 Robin van Roosmalen
2 Sitthichai
3 Davit Kiria
4 Andy Ristie
5 Giorgio Petrosyan
6 Yodsanklai Fairtex
7 Marat Grigorian
8 Dzhabar Askerov
9 Enriko Kehl
10 Josh Jauncey
Featherweight (Per 12/15)

1 Kaew Fairtex
2 Minoru Kimura
3 Massaro Glunder
4 Masaaki Noiri
5 Yasuomi Soda
6 Yuta Kubo
7 Serhiy Adamchuk
8 Gabriel Varga
9 Mosab Amrani
10 Zakaria Zouggari
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August 2015 LiverKick Rankings Update

(C) GLORY Sports International/James Law

It's August heading into September and the time felt right to give the Official LiverKick Rankings an overhaul. There has been movement in quite a few weight classes while some of the others (Light Heavyweight and most of Featherweight) have seen no real movement at all. The first thing to mention is that there was a bit of housecleaning on the rankings, which happens when fighters have been inactive for over 12 months. The two big omissions this round are Daniel Ghita at #3 in Heavyweight and Joseph Valtellini at #2 at Welterweight. Both have been inactive for a year and we were forced to drop them from the rankings. 

For them to be re-included in said rankings can be a long road. That means beating someone else on the top ten or winning a tournament featuring top ten fighters to get back near the top. 

So let's get down to some of these changes then, shall we? Heavyweight has seen some movement, some of which was the removing of Ghita, the rest of due to stuff happening. Jamal Ben Saddik returned from his suspension with a win earlier this year, but not a top ten win. Beating Braddock Silva, though? That's huge and secures him the #4 spot. Jahfarr Wilnis makes his way to the Heavyweight top ten with his Kunlun tournament victory, the win over Gerges front and center. Gerges beat Gerasmichuk, which bumps those two around. Sergei Kharitonov is no longer with GLORY and seems focused on MMA. It hasn't been a year yet but it seems safe to remove him for now. 

No movement at Light Heavyweight for now. Saki was a tough call, but simply leaving GLORY does not disqualify him from the rankings. He had one fight this year which was at Heavyweight, but he's still active. If he plans a full-time move to Heavyweight then he will leave the Light Heavyweight rankings. Middleweight saw very little movement. Sahak Parparyan's poor performance in the A1 World Cup pushed him out in lieu of others and Dmitry Valent makes his debut on the rankings in a tough decision. This is a very tough division to rank and Valent has faced some of the top names in the division and just barely fallen short while picking up wins over everyone else. Bogdan Stoica was considered, but losses to unranked competition sent him to the back of the line. 

Welterweight saw a new GLORY Champion crowned in Nieky Holzken, but he was already the top ranked fighter. Hicham El Gaoui returns after a long absence on the LiverKick rankings with a win over Karapetyan and Bai Jinbin from China earned his way into the number eight slot with a crazy win in Kunlun over Stetsurenko. There was some movement at Lightweight, but most of it makes a lot of sense. Sitthichai won the contender tournament, bumping him up further while everyone else dropped down to accommodate that. Petrosyan might still be the most talented, but neither wins over Varol or Kehl were going to push him up any further. Yodsanklai decides to confuse us even further by competing in Kunlun under kickboxing rules, making him a must-rank fighter. Oh yeah, and Dzhabar Askerov is back after a win over Kehl. Big congratulations go to newcomer to the world rankings in Josh Jauncey for his performance in the GLORY contender tournament.

Featherweight only saw movement within the top three thanks to K-1 Japan's awesome shows. Kaew is back to being king again and Soda drops down to a more comfortable 3. 

Heavyweight (Per 8/15)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Errol Zimmerman
3 Benjamin Adegbuyi
4 Jamal Ben Saddik
5 Anderson Silva
6 Jahfarr Wilnis
7 Hesdy Gerges
8 Andrei Gerasmichuk
9 Zabit Samedov
10 Ismael Londt

Light

Heavyweight (Per 8/15)

1 Gokhan Saki
2 Saulo Cavalari
3 Danyo Ilunga
4 Artem Vakhitov
5 Mourad Bouzidi
6 Igor Jukovic
7 Michael Duut
8 Andrei Stoica
9 Zack Mwekassa
10 Reduon Cairo
Middleweight (Per 8/15)

1 Artem Levin
2 Simon Marcus
3 Joe Schilling
4 Filip Verlinden
5 Jason Wilnis
6 Alex Pereira
7 Wayne Barrett
8 Israel Adesanya
9 Fang Bian
10 Dmitry Valent
Welterweight (Per 8/15)

1 Nieky Holzken
2 Artur Kyshenko
3 Hicham El Gaoui
4 Karapet Karapetyan
5 Raymond Daniels
6 Karim Ghajji
7 Paul Daley
8 Bai Jinbin
9 Alexander Stetsurenko
10 Jonatan Oliveira
Lightweight (Per 8/15)

1 Robin van Roosmalen
2 Sitthichai
3 Davit Kiria
4 Andy Ristie
5 Giorgio Petrosyan
6 Yodsanklai Fairtex
7 Marat Grigorian
8 Dzhabar Askerov
9 Enriko Kehl
10 Josh Jauncey
Featherweight (Per 8/15)

1 Kaew Fairtex
2 Minoru Kimura
3 Yasuomi Soda
4 Massaro Glunder
5 Masaaki Noiri
6 Yuta Kubo
7 Gabriel Varga
8 Mosab Amrani
9 Hiroaki Suzuki
10 Zakaria Zouggari
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May 2015 LiverKick Rankings Update

Finally, right? Here we are with the every few monthly update to the LiverKick rankings. These rankings are updated when there is the most movement across divisions, which now seemed like a good time considering some of the recent shakeups across multiple divisions. As always, I will explain that our rankings are tabulated on who beats who, not on talent, not on flair of wins or even past success. If you were a monster three years ago but lost to a few guys in the top ten and got squeezed out then you got squeezed out. A win over a top ten fighter will get you a spot, but if you aren't fighting anyone in the top ten it'll be pretty tough to get in unless someone drops out due to inactivity. After one year of inactivity a fighter will be dropped from the rankings and upon return will need to compete at the top ten to regain ranking.

So let's get right to May, shall we? At Heavyweight there wasn't much movement at all. Within the ranks of the top ten nobody within the top ten has lost to a top ten opponent or beaten a top ten opponent above them. The only omission is a sad one in Ben Edwards, who has focused on boxing instead. Samedov moved up because of this and Ismael Londt made his return to the rankings after an absence had knocked him off a few years ago. It was down to him or Pavel Zhuravlev and it was heavily weighed before we decided to add Londt back.

For Light Heavyweight there was a similar situation of a few fighters being considered inactive and were forced to be removed. In this case it was two of the best in the world in Tyrone Spong and Nathan Corbett. In turn GLORY's Zack Mwekassa made his rankings debut and Reduon Cairo gets the nod for all of the good work that he's been doing around the world. Not much has changed at Middleweight, outside of Simon Marcus bumping up to #2 due to the draw with Artem Levin and everyone else shuffling down. After careful consideration we decided that Robert Thomas should remain unranked until he scores a top ten win and after much deliberation decided to give the man who beat Simon Marcus earlier this year, Fang Bian, a nod. 

Welterweight remains untouched. Lightweight had a bit of shuffling, including Enriko Kehl moving up, Souwer moving down and more. Aikpracha after a few losses has been removed and Dylan Salvador, who holds impressive wins over a few in the top ten, has been added. 

Now Featherweight. Oh Featherweight, how do we even explain your existence right now? After a long study of the division we came to the conclusion that if GLORY had really moved on from the Japanese talent in this weight class that it was difficult to hold their division as the gold standard as with every other division. A division without Masaaki Noiri or Yuta Kubo is difficult. Right now there is so much talent within that division all fighting each other in Japan that their omission feels tough to justify. K-1 Japan, KRUSH and ShootBoxing have been pumping out fights between the best in the world and we could not ignore it. 

So we poured over the division and came to a rather shocking conclusion; Yasuomi Soda was the #1 Featherweight in the world. How? He beat Minoru Kimura and then Minoru Kimura beat Kaew Fairtex. From there it'll all make sense. 

Heavyweight (Per 5/15)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Daniel Ghita
3 Errol Zimmerman
4 Sergei Kharitonov
5 Anderson Silva
6 Benjamin Adegbuyi
7 Andrei Gerasmichuk
8 Hesdy Gerges
9 Zabit Samedov
10 Ismael Londt

Light

Heavyweight (Per 5/15)

1 Gokhan Saki
2 Saulo Cavalari
3 Danyo Ilunga
4 Artem Vakhitov
5 Mourad Bouzidi
6 Igor Jukovic
7 Michael Duut
8 Andrei Stoica
9 Zack Mwekassa
10 Reduon Cairo
Middleweight (Per 5/15)

1 Artem Levin
2 Simon Marcus
3 Joe Schilling
4 Filip Verlinden
5 Jason Wilnis
6 Alex Pereira
7 Wayne Barrett
8 Sahak Parparyan
9 Israel Adesanya
10 Fang Bian
Welterweight (Per 5/15)

1 Nieky Holzken
2 Joseph Valtellini
3 Artur Kyshenko
4 Karapet Karapetyan
5 Raymond Daniels
6 Karim Ghajji
7 Paul Daley
8 Alexander Stetsurenko
9 Jonatan Oliveira
10 Francois Ambang
Lightweight (Per 5/15)

1 Robin van Roosmalen
2 Davit Kiria
3 Andy Ristie
4 Giorgio Petrosyan
5 Sitthichai
6 Murthel Groenhart
7 Marat Grigorian
8 Enriko Kehl
9 Andy Souwer
10 Dylan Salvador
Featherweight (Per 5/15)

1 Yasuomi Soda
2 Minoru Kimura
3 Kaew Fairtex
4 Massaro Glunder
5 Masaaki Noiri
6 Yuta Kubo
7 Gabriel Varga
8 Mosab Amrani
9 Hiroaki Suzuki
10 Zakaria Zouggari

 

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February 2015 LiverKick Rankings Update

(C) Glory Sports International

You've spoken and we've listened. We know there was a bit of a lapse in updating the official LiverKick Rankings, but they are officially back after the events of GLORY 19. Some of the movements will make sense, others will be a bit more confusing or you might not agree with. That's why we are here to talk about it. 

First off, apologies on the lack of updates on them. There wasn't a ton of movement for a while and then when there was both Jay and myself were busy. In late 2014/early 2015 Jay's wife gave birth to their beautiful daughter and during that time I was finishing up my second novel, which is currently off with my editor being polished up. LiverKick has always been a small operation and when we are under a crunch the site tends to suffer a bit. It just is how it is, but we appreciate your understanding.

Now, onto the rankings.

The first odd thing is Heavyweight. Just the entire division at this point. Andrei Gerasmichuk is the new addition to Heavyweight and he's troublesome, at best. He defeated Rico Verhoeven in January at a Kunlun event, but the reality here is that we can't just place him at #1 just yet. The problem created by that win is immense. Placing him at #1 is an issue if he does not continue to face top competition. His win over Balrak was impressive, but depending on how the rest of the Kunlun tournament goes will depend on if he's a legitimate top ten player or not.

The inclusion of Ben Edwards at Heavyweight will continue until either he loses in HW Kickboxing or he goes for one year inactive (as has been our rule since the beginning and how most 'retirements' are not permanent). 

Not much movement at Light Heavyweight.

Middleweight saw very little movement as well. With Simon Marcus we had a similar problem with him getting smoked in China, but his opponent is still a relatively unknown quantity on this level. If he continues to face tough opponents we'll rank him and Marcus will probably drop out.

Welterweight had some movement, but not much that you'll recognize. It is not that deep of a division considering that some Lightweights fight up in weight, but usually not enough to warrant them being considered Welterweights (for example fighting at 72.5kg or so).

Lightweight has been interesting of late with there being a lot of movement. The biggest x-factor in the bottom half of the division has been the unranked Steve Moxon. He holds a win over Aikpracha, but he holds so many lopsided losses that including him felt pained, especially considering the level of competition that Aikpracha has been facing of late. Sitthichai comes in after a long tradition of including muay thai fighters who fight in kickboxing and only weighing their kickboxing fights, not their muay thai fights. He has a ton of quality wins including ones over Andy Souwer and Murthel Groenhart. 

Featherweight saw a lot of movement thanks to the recent Shoot Boxing and K-1 happenings. The division has always seen things shaken up all of the time thanks to how active a lot of the fighters are in Japan. GLORY has an upcoming title bout between Mosab Amrani and Gabriel Varga which could be changing the landscape quite a bit. No, we aren't happy about having to rank a certain tournament winner who received poor decisions in his favor, but it is what it is. 

Heavyweight (Per 2/13)

1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Daniel Ghita
3 Errol Zimmerman
4 Sergei Kharitonov
5 Anderson Silva
6 Benjamin Adegbuyi
7 Andrei Gerasmichuk
8 Hesdy Gerges
9 Ben Edwards
10 Zabit Samedov

Light

Heavyweight (Per 2/13)

1 Gokhan Saki
2 Tyrone Spong
3 Saulo Cavalari
4 Danyo Ilunga
5 Nathan Corbett
6 Artem Vakhitov
7 Mourad Bouzidi
8 Igor Jukovic
9 Michael Duut
10 Andrei Stoica
Middleweight (Per 2/13)

1 Artem Levin
2 Joe Schilling
3 Filip Verlinden
4 Jason Wilnis
5 Wayne Barrett
6 Alex Pereira
7 Sahak Parparyan
8 Simon Marcus
9 Israel Adesanya
10 Robert Thomas
Welterweight (Per 2/13)

1 Nieky Holzken
2 Joseph Valtellini
3 Artur Kyshenko
4 Karapet Karapetyan
5 Raymond Daniels
6 Karim Ghajji
7 Paul Daley
8 Alexander Stetsurenko
9 Jonatan Oliveira
10 Francois Ambang
Lightweight (Per 2/13)

1 Robin van Roosmalen
2 Davit Kiria
3 Andy Ristie
4 Giorgio Petrosyan
5 Sitthichai
6 Murthel Groenhart
7 Marat Grigorian
8 Andy Souwer
9 Enriko Kehl
10 Aikpracha
Featherweight (Per 2/13)

1 Mosab Amrani
2 Kaew Fairtex
3 Masaaki Noiri
4 Yuta Kubo
5 Gabriel Varga
6 Hiroaki Suzuki
7 Liam Harrison
8 Shane Oblonsky
9 Zakaria Zouggari
10 Houcine Bennoui
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Official LiverKick Rankings Update (1/20)

Just in time for (read: a few weeks after) the New Year the Official LiverKick Rankings have [finally] been updated! There hasn't been a ton of movement in the rankings of late, but there has been enough going on to justify a long, hard look at each division and for some reshuffling to happen. Perhaps the biggest thing to take away from the Rankings update for today is that Semmy Schilt is no longer the #1 Heavyweight after one year of inactivity. There have been rumors of Schilt having a retirement fight some time this year but it has yet to materialize just yet. While Gokhan Saki is rumored to be moving to Light Heavyweight it has yet to be confirmed with an actual fight just yet, so he's still ranked at Heavyweight. This makes Rico Verhoeven the undisputed king of the Heavyweight division right now. Filling in the missing spot is Hesdy Gerges coming in at #10.

Not a lot of movement at Light Heavyweight, but Saulo Cavalari did move into the #5 spot after his big win over Filip Verlinden back in October. Middleweight also saw everything remain quiet after the shocking upset victory of Wayne Barrett over Joe Schilling. Welterweight perhaps saw the most movement where the GLORY 13 Welterweight tournament secured the #1 spot for Nieky Holzken and the #2 spot for Joseph Valtellini after an amazing display from both men. This moves the Kickboxing-shy Simon Marcus down to #3, but there have been serious talks of him showing up in a major Kickboxing organization in 2014.

Lightweight (70kg) has been quiet, as K-1 has held the K-1 World MAX Quarter Finals but unless Buakaw loses or Andy Souwer comes back quickly after his appendicitis there won't be much movement until the end of the tournament or a big upset happens. There was some movement at 65kg, though, as Mosab Amrani picked up a big win over Yuta Kubo, securing the #2 spot for him.

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LiverKick.com Heavyweight Rankings: January 2013

Welcome back to the LiverKick.com rankings. These rankings are an attempt to break down the top 10 fighters in three different weight classes - Heavyweight, for fighters above the 85kg limit, Middleweight, for fighters at the 70-72.5kg limit, and Lightweight, for fighters under 63kg. Our rankings are based on in-ring accomplishments and recent wins and loses. We hope they reflect where these fighters currently stand, although we recognize that all rankings are inherently subjective.

Heavyweight

1. Semmy Schilt
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Rico Verhoeven up
5. Jamal Ben Saddik up
6. Tyrone Spong
7. Hesdy Gerges
8. Errol Zimmerman down
9. Pavel Zhuravlev up
10. Freddy Kemayo up

Sem SchiltHeavyweight - January 2013

There is a phrase when it comes to Heavyweight Kickboxing and that phrase is "Heavyweights gonna Heavyweight," and that is exactly what we have seen over the past few weeks. There has been a lot of movement in the Heavyweight rankings due in part to the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Finals and then of course the Glory World Series Grand Slam tournament.

#1 Semmy Schilt once again cemented his spot at the very top of the sport by defeating four men in one night to take home yet another tournament crown. As always, our rankings tend to favor the tournament format for rankings as that is the standard for which Heavyweight kickboxing is weighed. That is the easiest way to explain that #2 Daniel Ghita holds steady at the number two spot. Ghita worked through three opponents in one night and lost to Semmy Schilt in the finals in a disputed decision. Surely there are lots of fans of #3 Gokhan Saki upset that Saki is not in the second spot, but the reality is that he did not make it to the finals, but was very close indeed. Saki put up a very good fight against Semmy Schilt and is slated to fight Daniel Ghita in April.

#4 Rico Verhoeven earned his spot over the past year, where his inclusion on the rankings was always based on a win over Hesdy Gerges, who was ranked due to a DQ win over Badr Hari. Verhoeven has without a doubt proven his mettle and was only ousted by Schilt. #5 Jamal Ben Saddik is the guy who really threw a wrench in everyone's plans by making it to the semi-finals. There will be some dispute that he belongs above Rico, but the loss to Jafhar Wilnis does weight heavily on him right now. He still has shot onto the rankings in a heartbeat and should be here to stay.

#6 Tyrone Spong actually opted not to participate in the tournament for whatever reason, so he does not move, but he faces a still unranked Remy Bonjasky soon, which could change things. #7 Hesdy Gerges is in the same boat, except he is fighting for K-1 and no one is clear when his next high level fight will be. The big upset was for #8 Errol Zimmerman who went from being in the top 5 to slipping to the eighth spot after his loss to Jamal Ben Saddik. The next two are courtesy of the SuperKombat WGP where #9 Pavel Zhuravlev made sure that Benjamin Adegbuyi was knocked out of the rankings and secured himself a spot in the top. Then came #10 Freddy Kemayo who won a reserve fight over the formerly ranked Sergei Laschenko who continues his downward spiral.

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LiverKick.com Middleweight Rankings - December 2012

Middleweight
1. Giorgio Petrosyan
2. Murthel Groenhartup
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Artur Kyshenkodown
5. Andy Souwerdown
6. Hafid El Boustatidown
7. Davit Kiriadown
8. Andy Ristiedown
9. Shemsi Beqiridown
10. Batu Khasikovdown

Welcome back to the LiverKick.com rankings. These rankings are an attempt to break down the top 10 fighters in four different weight classes - Heavyweight, for fighters above the 85kg limit, Middleweight, for fighters at the 70-72.5kg limit, and Lightweight, for fighters at the 60-63.5kg limit. Our rankings are based on in-ring accomplishments and recent wins and losses. We hope they reflect where these fighters currently stand, although we recognize that all rankings are inherently subjective. Rankings are compiled by Rian Scalia and Dave Walsh.

December 2012

Noiri

Note that these are kickboxing rankings and do not incorporate Muay Thai in any way. All criteria used to rank these fighters is from kickboxing matches only.

One thing about December's middleweight rankings hasn't changed, and that's that Giorgio Petrosyan remains in the #1 spot. He comes off winning the GLORY 3 Rome Final 8 tournament, which included beating the at the time #2 ranked Robin van Roosmalen in the final. Someone is going to have to beat Petrosyan to take his spot.

Jumping all the way from being unranked to the #2 spot is Murthel Groenhart, due to his tournament win at the K-1 MAX Final 8. In it, he defeated previously #10 ranked Mike Zambidis and previously #3 ranked Artur Kyshenko. Murthel's win over Kyshenko also came right after Kyshenko beat previously #4 ranked Andy Souwer, so he definitely had some strong and ranked wins.

With the addition of Murthel Groenhart, most of the rankings stay the same for the most part, except that everyone shifts down one spot, making previously #10 ranked Mike Zambidis drop off. Robin van Roosmalen comes in at #3, with Artur Kyshenko right behind him at #4. The reason Robin still stays above Kyshenko is that ultimately, Robin beat Kyshenko last year and that can't be overlooked, since out rankings take into account the current year and the year before.

At #5 is Andy Souwer, who still managed to get a good win over previously #7 ranked Andy Ristie. Hafid El Boustati fills in at #6, riding the coat tails of that cut stoppage of Robin van Roosmalen, while Davit Kiria fills in the #7 spot, taking into account his win over Shemsi Beqiri.

Andy Ristie is still riding the win over an at the time ranked Hinata in January and fills in at #8. Shemsi Beqiri is right behind him at #9. Taking the #10 spot is Batu Khasikov, who again is riding on his wins over Albert Kraus and Mike Zambidis last year, but he's going to have to get a good win pretty soon or he could likely get dropped.

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