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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

levinlhw

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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