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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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