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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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LiverKick.com Lightweight Rankings - November 2012

Lightweight
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Karim Bennouiup
3. Masahiro Yamamotodown
4. Yukiup
5. Yetkin Ozkul
6. Thomas Adamandopoulos
7. Javier Hernandezdown
8. Pedro Felipeup
9. Hirotaka Urabe
10. Kosuke Komiyama

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.

November 2012

Noiri

We rank lightweight as 60-63.5kg. We understand that some of these fighters fight at different ends of this weight range than others (some fight at 60kg, some at 63kg) and while that is a big difference in terms of weight, it's simply the most practical way to rank this weight class. What makes his weight class so difficult to rank is that almost all of the fighters have wins and losses over each other, making it a very competitive weight class.

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.

Since we first compiled these rankings in September, there's been quite a bit of movement. First and foremost, Masaaki Noiri remains in the #1 spot, reinforcing that by having defeated Yetkin Ozkul, ranked #5 at the time at Krush.24 on November 10. 

Karim Bennoui jumps up to the #2 spot, with a win on November 24 over Thomas Adamandopoulos, ranked #6 at the time of the win. Bennoui hopped over Masahiro Yamamoto, who dropped down to the #3 spot simply based on the convenience that Bennoui fought and beat a highly ranked opponent, and beat his second highly ranked opponent (Adamandopoulos twice) in a year's time, while Yamamoto's spot was based on his win over Javier Hernandez. Yamamoto has since not fought since that win, so Bennoui leap frogged him in the rankings.

Yuki skyrocketed up to the #4 spot with a big win over previously ranked #3 Javier Hernandez in October. Like Yamamoto, Yuki scored a very highly ranked win and thus his position in the Top 10 reflects that. Right under Yuki at #5 is Yetkin Ozkul, whose spot hasn't changed since September. Ozkul lost to #1 ranked Masaaki Noiri so he neither advances nor drops. Another fighter who remains in the same spot as September is Thomas Adamandopoulos, who lost to previously ranked #4 Karim Bennoui, and therefore does not drop due to losing to a higher ranked opponent whilst others have not gotten the necessary wins to advance past Ozkul and Adamandopoulos.

Javier Hernandez helped save his spot in the Top 10 with a win over Michael Peynaud on November 17, though he drops to #7. The win came after two losses to Masahiro Yamamoto and Yuki respectively, and a loss to Peynaud surely would've made him drop. At #8 is Pedro Felipe, also of Spain. He defeated previously #8 ranked Ruben Almeida to get his spot.

Hirotaka Urabe remains at #9 and the same goes for Kosuke Komiyama at #10. No one else had any ranked wins to surpass them.

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LiverKick.com Lightweight Rankings - September 2012

Lightweight
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Masahiro Yamamoto
3. Javier Hernandez
4. Karim Bennoui
5. Yetkin Ozkul
6. Thomas Adamandopoulos
7. Ryuji Kajiwara
8. Ruben Almeida
9. Hirotaka Urabe
10. Kosuke Komiyama

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, Lightweight, for fighters at the 60-63.5kg limit and Light Heavyweight, for fighters at the 77-84kg limit. 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. Rankings are compiled by Rian Scalia and Dave Walsh.

September 2012

noiri

Now is finally the time to introduce the Liverkick.com Lightweight Rankings. It's about time lightweights got the recognition they deserve.

 

We rank lightweight as 60-63.5kg. We understand that some of these fighters fight at different ends of this weight range than others (some fight at 60kg, some at 63kg) and while that is a big difference in terms of weight, it's simply the most practical way to rank this weight class. What makes his weight class so difficult to rank is that almost all of the fighters have wins and losses over each other, making it a very competitive weight class.

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.

Out of all the Top 10, the one fighter who consistently had good wins without any losses that qualify under this ranking system is Masaaki Noiri, atop the rankings at #1. Noiri's wins over Ryuji Kajiwara and Koya Urabe are the two best wins at the time that the fights took place out of anyone else. Kajiwara was coming off wins over Koya Urabe and Kizaemon Saiga while Urabe got to the finals of the K-1 63kg GP with wins over Yuki and Tetsuya Yamato. Yes, Noiri did lose to Yuta Kubo at the K-1 63kg GP, but Kubo no longer fights at this weight class and if he did, would undoubtedly be #1. Also, Noiri's loss to Raz Sarkisjan was at 64kg, and thus does not qualify towards these rankings.

Filling in at #2 is Masahiro Yamamoto, riding a solid win streak with his win to take the It's Showtime 61MAX World Title from Javier Hernandez being the highlight. Yamamoto's win over Hernandez is the main reason he's ranked this high. That, and he hasn't lost for a while, unlike many other of the fighters here who have all beaten/lost to each other. The man Yamamoto beat to get his ranking, Javier Hernandez, takes the #3 spot with his win over Karim Bennoui last year, along with solid wins over Ruben Almeida and Carlos "Chiquitin" Reyes.

Karim Bennoui is at #4, with his wins over Sergio Wielzen and Thomas Adamandopoulos being the main factors. Wielzen was one of the top guys when Bennoui beat him, and Adamandopoulos at the time was also a very solid win. Bennoui's shortcoming lately is that he has not been active, only fighting once this year against Pajonsuk Por. Pramuk in a Muay Thai fight where it was scored a draw. #5 also goes to another man from France, Yetkin Ozkul, who catapulted up the rankings with his stoppage win over Thomas Adamandopoulos in May. Ozkul may be one of the most dangerous fighters at this weight, he just needs to get more fights in against top competition in kickboxing.

Thomas Adamandopoulos makes it three Frenchmen in a row as he fills in at #6. Although he had losses to Bennoui and Ozkul, he rebounded last month with a huge KO win over Ryuji Kajiwara, who at the time only had the loss to Masaaki Noiri recently with many credible wins. The #7 spot goes to Ryuji Kajiwara, who would be much higher if not for the loss to Adamandopoulos. He has wins over Tetsuya Yamato, Koya Urabe and Kizaemon Saiga with the lone losses coming to Noiri and Adamandopoulos.

Ruben Almeida makes his way onto the rankings at #8, by way of his controversial decision win over Javier Hernandez, but that's not to say he isn't a good fighter. While still a close fight with Hernandez, Almeida got help from some hometown refereeing, but a win is a win. We go by official results, otherwise it's too subjective.

The #9 and #10 spots are definitely interchangeable, with Krush 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe taking the #9 spot and RISE 60kg champion Kosuke Komiyama taking the #10 spot. Both fighters have racked up a lot of wins, with Urabe in my opinion just having more. The deciding factor was basically that while Komiyama had the win over Sergio Wielzen, Urabe had a win over Naoki Ishikawa and a win over Yuji Takeuchi, so two quality wins is better than one.

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LiverKick.com Rankings - July 2012

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Heavyweight

1. Semmy Schilt
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Badr Hari
4. Gokhan Saki
5. Errol Zimmerman
6. Sergei Laschenko up
7. Rico Verhoeven up
8. Tyrone Spong up
9. Peter Aerts down
10. Hesdy Gerges down
Light Heavyweight
1. Artem Levin
2. Hicham el Gaoui
3. Alexander Oleynik
4. Dmitry Shakuta
5. Alexander Stretsurenko
6. Simon Marcus
7. Artem Vakhitov
8. Constantin Tutu
9. Yordan Yankov
10. Yoann Kongolo
Middleweight
1. Giorgio Petrosyan
2. Robin van Roosmalen
3. Artur Kyshenko
4. Andy Souwer
5. Jury Bessmertny
6. Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee
7. Frank Giorgi
8. Andy Ristie
9. Abraham Roqueni
10. Shemsi Beqiri

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 Light Heavyweight, for fighters at the 77-84kg limit. 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.

Once again it is that time, where the LiverKick.com Rankings have been updated. So far in July there has only really been movement in Heavyweight, but as the month moves along we are sure there will be movement elsewhere. The It's Showtime event this weekend was not only historic, but helped to clear up some rankings issues as well. Sergei Laschenko and Rico Verhoeven move up a spot apiece due to sheer force of will. In Rico's case, his second win over Hesdy Gerges solidifies his spot in the top ten, but also puts Hesdy's spot in jeopardy. Peter Aerts dropped from his #6 spot and into #9 after a tough loss to Tyrone Spong, who also moves up two spots to #8.

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LiverKick.com Rankings - June 2012

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Heavyweight

1. Semmy Schilt
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Badr Hari
4. Gokhan Saki
5. Errol Zimmerman
6. Peter Aerts
7. Sergei Laschenko
8. Rico Verhoeven
9. Hesdy Gerges
10. Tyrone Spong
Light Heavyweight
1. Artem Levin
2. Hicham el Gaoui
3. Alexander Oleynik
4. Dmitry Shakuta
5. Alexander Stretsurenko
6. Simon Marcus
7. Artem Vakhitov
8. Constantin Tutu
9. Yordan Yankov
10. Yoann Kongolo
Middleweight
1. Giorgio Petrosyan
2. Robin van Roosmalen
3. Artur Kyshenko
4. Andy Souwer
5. Jury Bessmertny
6. Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee
7. Frank Giorgi
8. Andy Ristie
9. Abraham Roqueni
10. Shemsi Beqiri
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LiverKick.com Light Heavyweight Rankings: January 2012

Middleweight
1. Artem Levin
2. Alexander Oleinik
3. Hicham El Gaoui
4. Dmitry Shakuta
5. Sem Braan
6. Alexander Stetsurenko
7. L'houcine Ouzgni
8. Constantin Tutu
9. Simon Marcus
10. Artem Vakhitov

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 Light Heavyweight, for fighters at the 77-84kg limit. 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. Rankings are compiled by Rian Scalia and Dave Walsh.

January 2012

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We've completely revamped the Light Heavyweight rankings, due to a number of fighters dropping back down to 70 and 72.5kg. This time, we have 10 solid fighters that all are legit, solid Light Heavyweights and have been at the weight for a while.

Light Heavyweight is probably the most under-the-rader division in all of kickfighting, spanning from 77kg to 84kg. Unlike most other divisions, top fighters are consistently fighting each other, which actually makes for a much more solid ranking system. The top 10 is quite competitive, but one fighter that stands out and has been atop the field for some time now is Artem Levin. Levin's strength of record stems mostly from 2009 and 2010, where he defeated top fighters such as Dmitry Shakuta, Alexander Stetsurenko, Artem Vakhitov and L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni. In 2011, Levin stayed active but didn't face any top 10 competition, although he stopped two pretty decent fighters in David Keclik and Murthel Groenhart. 

Right below Artem Levin at #2 is Alexander Oleinik, who had somewhat of a coming out party starting at the end of 2010 and continued through 2011 where he won the 2011 Tatneft Cup. Oleinik is probably the best challenge for Artem Levin and he's proved it with wins over four top 10 fighters in Sem Braan, Constantin Tutu, Alexander Stetsurenko and Dmitry Shakuta. Filling in at #3 is Hicham El Gaoui, who we highlighted not too long ago. Hicham rose to prominence this year with a win over L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni in October and then fought at the 2011 Tatneft Cup finale, taking a decision over Alexander Stetsurenko.

Dmitry Shakuta is close behind at #4, being around the top for years now. After a rather inactive 2010, Shakuta came back in 2011 with notable top wins over Alexander Stetsurenko and a fringe top 10 fighter in Yordan Yankov. At #5 is Sem Braan, another fighter like Shakuta has been around the top for a long time. Sem hasn't had a top win in a while, but he's racked up a bunch of good wins, most recently over Miran Fabjan. Alexander Stetsurenko comes in at #6, although he went on a three fight losing skid in 2011. He lost to Alexander Oleinik, Dmitry Shakuta and Hicham el Gaoui consecutively but he rebounded two weeks after, winning three fights in one night. Stetsurenko has remained one of the most active fighters in kickboxing, having fought 12 times this year.

At #7 is L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni, who had a really bad 2011, losing both of his fights this year. In 2010 he beat Sem Braan and Nieky Holzken and was hailed as one of the top fighters at the weight before losing to Artem Levin. "Aussie" has some work to do to get back on track in 2012. #8 is the Moldovan fighter Constantin Tutu, who has very quietly put together a nice resume. Tutu was fighting as low as 70kg in early 2010 but by the end, he was all the way up to Light Heavyweight where he has only lost to Alexander Oleinik in his third fight of the night. He recently ran through three fights in one night on October 1st, stopping some pretty decent fighters.

Simon Marcus fills the #9 spot, after his win over Artem Vakhitov at the MPL's inaugural show in September. Skillwise, I think Marcus would beat a lot of guys in the top 10, but he doesn't have the wins to be any higher. The man Marcus beat, Artem Vakhitov takes the #10 spot. He beat Jiri Zak at the MPL's third event and took a decent win over Vando Cabral in December. Vakhitov also has a win over Yordan Yankov from 2010.

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LiverKick.com Middleweight Rankings: January 2012

Middleweight
1. Giorgio Petrosyan
2. Buakaw Por. Pramuk
3. Robin Van Roosmalen
4. Artur Kyshenko
5. Andy Souwer
6. Mohammed Khamal
7. Jury Bessmertny
8. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee
9. Yuji Nashiro
10. HINATA

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 Light Heavyweight, for fighters at the 77-84kg limit. 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. Rankings are compiled by Rian Scalia and Dave Walsh.

January 2012

PetrosyanMiddleweight is one of the most active divisions in the world of Kickboxing, always churning out some of the best fights and being extremely competitive. For how competitive the division is, there are two men who have been reigning at the top for quite a while, and they are the #1 and #2 in the division, Giorgio Petrosyan and Buakaw Por. Pramuk, respectively. Petrosyan, whose only crutch seems to be his brittle hands has not relented at all in 2011. There was one close call for him at It's Showtime where certain judges decided to give rounds to Zeben Diaz, but he has never looked anything but untouchable. Buakaw, on the other hand has blew through Thai Fight's 70kg division this year.

Since our last round of updates there have been little in the way of movement in the top 6. Robin Van Roosmalen, Artur Kyshenko, Andy Souwer and Mootje Khamal hold strong in their respective positions as well. Khamal has been competing in the MPL under the Welterweight division (66.7kg) with impressive wins over Liam Harrison and Michael Dicks, but not within the 70kg division.

The most movement comes at the hands of Jury Bessmertny, the man who won the Fight Code Dragons Tournament, coming seemingly out of nowhere by defeating Armen Petrosyan twice to prove his mettle. His biggest win was over the former #7, Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee, a huge win that has re-shaped the second half of the division. Jury takes Sudsakorn's place at #7, bumping Suds down to #8. Armen Petrosyan's two losses bump him off of the top ten for now, with Yuji Nashiro moving down to #9 and HINATA holding strong at #10.

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LiverKick.com Heavyweight Rankings: January 2012

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 Light Heavyweight, for fighters at the 77-84kg limit. 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. Badr Hari
3. Peter Aerts
4. Gokhan Saki
5. Daniel Ghita
6. Rico Verhoeven
7. Tyrone Spong
8. Hesdy Gerges
9. Errol Zimmerman
10. Sergei Laschenko

Sem SchiltHeavyweight - January 2012

Heavyweight actually saw a lot of movement this time around, which after a rather static year in 2011 was refreshing to see. While it does feel a bit odd to still include Semmy Schilt as #1 in the division due to A) not winning the 2010 World Grand Prix and B) he did not fight in 2011 at all, he is still the measuring stick for success within the division. It is safe to say that as long as Alistair Overeem, the 2010 World Grand Prix winner, is under a contract to the UFC, he will not be kickboxing anytime soon. Schilt still plans on being active in 2012 and will without a doubt be involved in whatever FIKA organizes. Badr Hari holds strong at #2 for his achievements in past years, for fighting in 2011 and having a high profile fight scheduled for this month. Peter Aerts holds strong at #3 after an amazing performance in the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix and remaining somewhat active in 2011 having at least one fight against a lesser opponent. Aerts has remained in fighting shape and has decided it is still not time to retire. While it is rough that he lost all of 2011, 2012 will be a different year.

 

Gokhan Saki had a pretty good 2011, winning the Glory World Series with two wins, one over Wendell Roche and another over Brice Guidon. Not top competition within the division, but tough fighters. Rumors of him leaving Kickboxing seem to not be true as there are rumors of him fighting in June for It's Showtime, and of course, he fights #2 Badr Hari in a few weeks. From here is where the big shifting goes on. Daniel Ghita shifts up one position not out of defeating someone above him, but more because of the fall of Hesdy Gerges to Rico Verhoeven. Rico makes his apprehensive debut in the top ten at #6, with the question of will he be able to get another big win or will he fall back into obscurity? Hesdy, on the other hand, will rematch against Daniel Ghita with Ghita getting a chance at redemption. Tyrone Spong stays at #7 and looks to not be "retiring" from Kickboxing, either.

Errol Zimmerman makes his heroic return to the top ten after having a redemption year of redemption years in 2011. Zimmerman went 6-0 for the year, demolishing some lesser competition while moving back up the ladder before running through the SuperKombat: Fight Club one night tournament at the end of the year to cement his spot at the top. Another product of a SuperKombat tournament moving up in the world is Sergei Laschenko, making his debut in the LiverKick Top 10. He had a very strong 2011 in SuperKombat before winning their World Grand Prix, putting fringe-top ten fighter Ismael Londt to sleep in the first round to secure his spot in the sun.

With every rise must come a fall, and the retirement and Boxing debut of Kyotaro has forced our hand to remove him. Many other fighters had talked about leaving Kickboxing behind, but Kyotaro vacated his K-1 Heavyweight Championship and severed his ties with FEG, which in Japan is not a great idea if you want to continue moving forward. Seeing as though no one outside of FEG has booked Kyotaro for a fight in ages, it is fair to say he might be done. Ewerton Teixeira is in a similar situation, to where K-1 was using him to add international flavor. With FEG out of the K-1 picture, potentially, and him being incredibly inactive, it is safe to say that Teixeira is done for the time being. Jerome Le Banner has fallen off of the top ten as his Le Banner Tour is seemingly him against smaller men, not actual Heavyweights, who are unranked. This, as well as his commitments to Antonio Inoki's IGF professional wrestling means for the time being, until he faces another top 10 fighters, JLB is out of the picture.

 

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