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The Official LiverKick.com Rankings

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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 Inocent 
10 Anderson "Braddock" Silva 

Light

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 *

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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Kunlun Fight #15 Stream and Results

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Kunlun fights #15 two day event is taking place on Jan 3rd and 4th in China and will hopefully have a STREAM RIGHT HERE (server 3) starting at 11:30pm PST/ 1:30am CST. Lets cross our fingers and hope the stream goes through because this is a very good card including a middleweight 4-man tournament, a super heavyweight 8-man tournament, and a super fight with Glory heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven.

FULL CARD

Middleweight Tournament Semi-Finals

Tournament Final Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Andy Souwer - Sittichai Sitsongpeenong wins by Decision

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Murthel Groenhart - Sittichai Sitsongpeenong Wins by KO Rd 3 (high kick)

Andy Souwer vs Jiao Fukai - Andy Souwer Wins by TKO Rd 3 (unable to come out for EX round)

Super Fights

Rico Verhoeven vs Andrei Herasimchuk - Andrei Herasimchuk Wins by Decision

Irina Mazepa vs Wang Kehan - Wang Kehan Wins by Decision

(MMA) Taniyana Fumitaka vs Yang Jiangping - Yang Jiangping Wins by Armbar Rd 1

Lerdsila Chumpairtour vs Wang Wanben

 

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China Making Big Plays for Kickboxing in 2015

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If you've been paying attention to kickboxing, you'll probably recognize that 2014 has been a strange year for the sport. We started things off with GLORY as the clear #1 promotion in the world, with the top talents, biggest events and the most promise. As we enter into 2015 things are a bit more muddy and confusing. In fact, they are a lot more confusing. 

GLORY 19 is in February, featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Errol Zimmerman for the GLORY Heavyweight Championship, but to say that things seem to be in disarray in the GLORY camp is an understatement. The postponement of the show raised a lot of eyebrows and now we are seeing more and more GLORY contracted fighters taking fights somewhere else, or, like Joe Valtellini, petitioning for a shot at the UFC against CM Punk. I wouldn't count GLORY out just yet, but at the same time, if we look at the upcoming Kunlun and Wu Lei Feng cards in China, it's hard not to notice the sheer amount of GLORY talent on those cards

On January 3rd and 4th
#Kunlun Fight 15
– Rico Verhoeven vs Andrei Herasimchuk
– Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Murthel Groenhart
– Jafharr Wilnis vs Alireza Karbasi
Other fights:
– Andy Souwer vs Jaio Fukai
– Steve Moxon vs Aikpracha Meenayothin
– Tomas Hron vs Roman Kryklia
– Victor Nagbe vs Mostafa Rajabi
 
On January 31 and February 1st
Kunlun Fight 16 and WLF
– Albert Kraus vs ??
– Simon Marcus vs ??
– Arthur Kyshenko vs Bai Jinbin
– Andy Ristie vs Aikpracha Meenayothin
– Robin van Roosmalen vs Dzianis Zuev
 
Other fights:
– Hesdy Gerges vs Alexy Ignashov
– Colin George vs Mighty Mo
– Cosmo Alexandre vs Li Yankun
 

This is kind of revealing. In addition to that, on K-1's USA vs. China event happening in China on January 1st the #1 contender for GLORY's Featherweight Championship, Gabriel Varga, will be fighting with GLORY's blessing. K-1 also announced a huge partnership with some of the biggest networks in China for ten live events in 2015. While it isn't clear if K-1 will be making big money from that just yet, the potential viewership for them is out-of-this-world. 

As of right now it is looking like China is making huge moves to be the new home of kickboxing and could potentially be the "new" Japan, possibly even ushering in a boom period. We'll just have to wait and see.

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Kunlun Fights Stream and Live Results

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Kunlun fights are starting right now at 2:30am EST/ 11:30pm PST you can watch the STREAM HERE. It should be a great night with names like Artur Kyshenko, Konstantin Ghulov, Mighty Mo, Hesdy Gerges, Ashwin Balrak, Andrei Herasimchuk, Marat Grigorian, Aikpracha Meenayothin and Davit Kirita

Live Results

  1. 70kgs Semi-final - Marat Grigorian def. Aikpracha Meenayothin by KO Rd 2 (right hook)
  2. 70kgs Semi-final - Fernando Calzetta def. Mo Zhwangwei by KO Rd 1 (left hook to the liver)
  3. (MMA) Tang Jin def. Anastasia Rybalochko by TKO in round 1 (punches and knees)
  4. Artur Kyshenko def. Bai Jinbin by KO Rd 1 (right hand)
  5. Davit Kiria def. Zheng Zhayou by KO Rd 1 (right hook)
  6. 70kgs Final - Marat Grigorian def. Fernando Calzetta by TKO Rd 1 (ref stoppage due to severe beating and cut)
  7. Xu Jifu def. Peter Janssen by Decision

 

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Kunlun Fight 53 Stream and Live Results

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Kunlun FIght 53

Kunlun Fight 53 is happening today at the brand new Kunlun World Combat Sports Center in Beijing and we have you covered for streams and results. On the card Buakaw vs Dylan Salvador for Kunlun Fight Muay Thai title, two 70kg tournament quarterfinal bouts with Sitthichai and Superbon duking it out again, Albert Kraus and a lot more. Join us live on twitter @Liverkickdotcom and @KiksieDB.

Free Stream

Live Results

75kg
Zhang Yang (China) def. Perviz Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) by Decision

MMA - 70kg
Wu Haotian (China) def. Jose Ruelas (Mexico) by Submission in Round 1

75kg
Nurla Mulali (China) def. Thongchai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) by Decision

70kg
Khayal Dzhaniev (Russia) def. Kong Linfeng (China) by Decision

73kg
Albert Kraus (Netherlands) def. Ma Shuo (China) by KO in Round 3

75kg
Bradley Riddell (Australia) def. Zheng Zhaoyu (China) by Decision After an Extra Round

Tournament Quarterfinal A - 70kg
Jomthong Chuwattana (Thailand) def. Tian Xin (China) by Decision

Tournament Quarterfinal B - 70kg
Superbon Banchamek (Thailand) def. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) by Unanimous Decision

MMA Title Fight - 53kg
Zhang Weili (China) def. Maira De Souza (Brazil) by Submission in Round 1

MMA Title Fight - 75kg
Zhang Lipeng (China) def. Adam Boussif (UK) by Submission in Round 2

Muay Thai Title Fight - 70kg
Buakaw Banchamek (Thailand) def. Dylan Salvador (France) by Decision

 

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Kunlun Fight 43 Results: Kyshenko Bests Groenhart and Sitthichai Wins Big

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A part of the allure of China and Kunlun Fight in general is that they put together big fights on a regular basis and that sometimes they fly in the face of convention. Artur Kyshenko vs. Murthel Groenhart is exactly a fight like that. Groenhart is a top contender in GLORY, yet Kyshenko had come and gone through GLORY even though he's clearly one of the best in the world. Kunlun isn't afraid to put top fighters together and that's exactly what they did and Kyshenko and Groenhart went at it, the fight going to an extra round that ultimately saw Kyshenko's hand raised at the end. 

There were also two 70kg tournament brackets played out during the tournament, the 9th and 10th groups going at it. Sitthichai found himself victorious yet again, although Mohamed Mezouari did give him some trouble in the final of the tournament. On the other side, Kong Lingfeng made his way through Josh Aragon before steamrolling Kim Minsoo in the finals. Full results via CombatPress.

Kyshenko vs. Groenhart

Sitthichai vs. Mezouari

Group 10 Tournament Final: Kong Lingfeng (R2 - TKO) Kim Minsoo 

Artur Kyshenko (Ext.R - Unanimous Dec) Murthel Groenhart 

Ashihati (R2 - KO) Faisal Zakaria 

Keijiro Miyakoshi (Ext.R - Dec) Chan Heong Lee 

Group 10 Tournament: Kim Minsoo (R3 - Dec) Zhao Yan 

Group 10 Tournament: Kong Lingfeng (R3 - Dec) Josh Aragon 

Group 9 Tournament Final: Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Ext.R - Majority Dec) Mohamed Mezouari 

Wang Kehan (R3 - TKO) Rachel Adamus 

Wei Ninghui (R3 - Dec) Pascal Koster 

Artur Gurlov (R3 - Dec) Bo Fufan 

Group 9 Tournament: Mohamed Mezouari (R1 - TKO) Youssef Boulahtari 

Group 9 Tournament: Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (R2 - TKO) Walid Hamid 

Bai Lishuai (R3 - Unanimous Dec) Brian Denis 

Kodera Kohei (R3 - Unanimous Dec) Adam Rotweiler 

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Steven Banks on His Time in Kunlun Fight and How Phuket Top Team Transformed Him as a Fighter

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Before GLORY came to America and helped to bring kickboxing back into the discourse of the average combat sports fan kickboxing in America was a very different beast. There was a small cluster of names that you'd hear all of the time who would be fighting throughout the country without a lot of fanfare, one of those was Steven Banks. Banks, a larger heavyweight was doing his best to capture the attention of bigger international leagues but it has always been a bit of a slow road for Banks.

This included fighting in shows in Europe on short notice for bad pay, taking fights that weren't going to be good for his career because it was worth a shot and everything else in between. Things finally seem to be turning around for Banks and a lot of that he credits to his time training in Thailand at Phuket Top Team. His time in China has helped to give him a new perspective on fighting and on October 31st he'll return to China for Kunlun Fight 33. We caught up with Banks to talk to him about the past, the present and the future.

LK: So you’ve done both MMA and kickboxing in your professional career, what is it about kickboxing and muay thai that has drawn you in as a fighter as opposed to focusing solely on MMA like so many fighters today?

SB: I love the art of striking. I enjoy every bit of it, the culture and the tradition... my 1st love was and will always be Muay Thai... I think the reason that I prefer to do Muay Thai or kickboxing over MMA is because alot of fighters will go out there and get a takedown, and cuddle for a win... I actually still train for MMA as well...I will be fighting in MMA again soon...

LK: You are an American living and training in Thailand right now. What prompted that move and what kind of results have you seen?

SB: When Phuket Top Team offered me the chance to train full time,  I had to take it! Best decision I have ever made... I have seen amazing results... it was really hard to try and train effectively while having a full-time job, competing against the best in the world is tough already... most of the guys I have been fighting were training full-time already... I decided that if I wanted to go out and become one of the best American heavyweights I needed to go and train with some of the best... training full-time and having a camp that pushes you to become better and better each day is incredible... my head trainer Neung pushes me everyday, Neung took me under his wing as soon as I got to PTT... no day is easy...its put all the effort in it... getting to train everyday with world class trainers is a great way to spend your time...

LK: You’ve gone through your share of a transformation when it comes to your body, from what I understand losing a great deal of weight. How has that impacted your career?

SB: Oh yes... since I have been training at PTT... I have dropped over 60 pounds... I have been told by promotions that I didnt look "pretty" enough for the sponsors of the show.  As a heavyweight, I have always been one of the heavier fighters... I'm a fighter, not a model... I love food... since dropping this weight I have noticed my cardio is 100 times better than ever... when I finished my last fight, I walked over to my coach and told him I felt like I could go a couple more rounds and that I felt great... my coaches at Phuket Top Team have made it a point to push me to become one of the best...

LK: I’ve gotta ask -- the fight with Lungu where you guys spilled out of the ring. What went through your mind at that moment and when the fight was declared a loss for you?

SB: Oh man... I wish I could get that changed on my record... that accident should have been called a no contest... we knew he was going to try and take me to the ground from the very beginning of the fight... just wasn't expecting the ropes to be so low...  the ropes were at the correct height, but when you have almost 700 plus pounds moving in 1 direction its hard to stop... I didnt understand why they gave Lungu the win. I have asked for several rematches to set the record straight... but to no luck...

LK: You’ve seen some success of late in Kunlun Fight in China and are currently preparing to fight in a few weeks time here, how has your experience fighting in China been thus far?

SB: Yes, I fight again for Kunlun Fight October 31st against another Chinese fighter...I absolutely love fighting in China... they treat every fighter with so much respect. I have fought in China 6 times... and every time I have, it has never been a bad experience...I got my nickname from fighting in China... I have so much respect for the fans. I will stay after the fights to meet as many fans as i can... I wamt them to know how much I respect them as a fighter...

LK: Your success in China has been interesting, with your only loss to the guy who beat Rico Verhoeven, do you see yourself as a threat to these guys on the top tier of the division?

SB: That loss was my 1st loss in China... he caught me with a great jumping knee to the ribs... I really believe I can beat many of the guys on the top tier of the division...  I was able to compete against top level guys with part-time training. Now its time to show everyone what I can really do... I see guys fight and I feel that I can trade with the best there is... I might not be pretty, but I will give the crowd a show they will never forget...

LK: Do you think that kickboxing or muay thai will ever really take off in the United States, especially after seeing China of late and how it’s growing there?

SB: I really hope it does take off in the United States... I know that it is currently growing... I think the reason more fighters choose to go to MMA rather than kickboxing or Muay Thai is because they have a background in wrestling... not like most of the dominant countries in the world of Muay Thai or kickboxing...

LK: You started off in football and transitioned to fighting, have you been able to take anything from your time in football with you into combat sports?

SB: One of the biggest things that I have been able to take to fighting from football has been the will not to give up. With all sports comes injuries... I played football for many years, I finally started to listen to my body on recovery and injuries...I think that has helped me to stay active in fighting over and over...

LK: What can we expect in the future from Steve Banks?

SB: Keep your ears and eyes open... I am planning on dominating the heavyweight division... I want to take on everyone... I will be fighting in Muay Thai,  kickboxing, boxing,  and MMA in the very near future...  to be the best, you got to take on the best... I'm here to do that... we make our own future... I'm here to show everyone that America does have great heavyweight Muay Thai and kickboxers... and we will be taking on all...

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Kunlun Heavyweight Tournament Results and Stream

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Stream for the Fights tonight IS HERE.

RESULTS

+100Kg Tournament - GROUP B

  • Hesdy Gerges def. Igor Bugaenko Rd 2 TKO (low kicks or groin kick)
  • Konstantin Gluhov def. Mighty Mo Rd 1 TKO (hand/arm injury)
  • Myun Hyun Man def. Wu Lahan TKO Rd 2
  • Andrei Herasimchuk def. Ashwin Balrak Decision

58Kg MMA SUPER FIGHT - Xiong Jingnan def. Liliya Kazak Rd 3 TKO (ground and pound)

57Kg SUPER FIGHT - Alexis Barateau def. Bunsit Decision

77Kg SUPER FIGHT - Li Baoming def. Allan Aldatov Decision

 

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Videos: Kunlun Fights #15

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Well, we had some very interesting results this weekend in China at Kunlun #15, that really mess with the kickboxing rankings. Glory's heavyweight champ and #1 ranked Rico Verhoeven lost a decision after getting two 8 counts in the 2nd round at the hands of Andrei Herasimchuk. So where does this put Herasimchuk in the ranks? is he #1 now? Rico never really got into a groove during the fight and the same can be said about Murthel Groenhart. He seemed to have nothing to offer his opponent Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, which led to the Thai fighter landing a perfect left head kick and ending the fight. Now without a doubt Sittichai deserves to be in the top 10 of the kickboxing rankings after beating Andy Souwer and Groenhart in one night.

Here are the videos thanks to our friends at http://www.fightstadium.com/

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Kunlun Fight 51 & 52 Fight Card

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After a stacked Kunlun Fight 50 on August 20th they will have Kunlun Fight 51 and 52 on Sept 10 and 11 in Fuzhou, China. Now the events aren't as stacked as Kunlun Fight 50 but there are some very interesting match ups including the return of Marc De Bonte to kickboxing, Hicham El Gaoui's Kunlun Debut, Andrei Herasimchuk in a heavyweight tournament and a 65kgs tournament. Adding Marc De Bonte and Hicham El Gaoui to the 80kgs division makes things very interesting.

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