|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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|11.||Jerome Le Banner
Welcome back to the LiverKick.com rankings. These rankings are an attempt to break down the top 25 fighters in two different weight classes - Heavyweight, for fighters above the 77kg limit, and Middleweight, for fighters at the 70-72.5kg 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.
Another month, another period of essential inaction in the heavyweight ranks, although this time there were at least a few fights that impacted the rankings.
The biggest of course was the huge It's Showtime clash between Hesdy Gerges and Daniel Ghita. This battle between the sport's next generation heavyweights lived up to the hype. Gerges pulled out a close (and, according to some, controversial) decision - he moves up to #7, while Ghita falls back to #9.
The other notable fight was in Australia, where Paul Slowinski defeated Thor Hoopman handily in one round. With that win, Slowinski brings his record in the last year up to an impressive 8-2, and earns himself a spot back in the rankings at #22. Glad to see The Sting back in here after many wrote him off a few years ago.
Luckily, things are definitely gaining momentum, as we have some solid fights announced in the upcoming weeks and months. This weekend is the Ultimate Glory semi-finals, featuring #5 Gokhan Saki vs. Wendell Roche and #15 Brice Guidon vs. #19 Mourad Bouzidi. Also this weekend is a Local Kombat show with a number of fighters just outside the top 25: Freddy Kemayo vs. Sebastian Ciobanu, Dzevad Poturak vs. Ionut Ifitmoaie, Catalin Morosanu vs. Ayadin Yuksel, and hot upcoming prospect Andrei Stoica vs. Alex Rossi. I'd expect at least the winner of Kemayo vs. Ciobanu to make it in to next month's rankings.
But the big news is the return of #4 Badr Hari. It's been nearly a year since we've seen the Golden Boy in action - he'll make his long-awaited return on May 14 for It's Showtime in Lyon. His opponent will be French fighter Tony Gregory. Also on that card: #10 Tyrone Spong vs. Igor Mihaljevic, and #9 Daniel Ghita vs. #22 Paul Slowinski. For some reason, rumors keep popping up about #11 Jerome Le Banner fighting on this card as well, but I would not count on it as the main card seems completed.
After that, It's Showtime continues their lock on the HW division with #7 Hesdy Gerges vs. Alexey Ignashov on July 23.
Finally, 2010 K-1 Oceania champion Ben Edwards has two upcoming fights - April 2 vs. Carter Williams, and July 30 vs. an opponent TBA. Good chance for Edwards to get back into the rankings with a pair of wins.
As for #1 Alistair Overeem? No clue. His next fight should be an MMA fight against Fabricio Werdum in the opening round of the Strikeforce Grand Prix. But with the recent UFC buyout of Strikeforce, who knows what this means. Will Overeem continue on as Strikeforce champion? Will he move into the UFC? Will Zuffa allow him to still take kickboxing bouts on the side (don't bet on it). It's all up in the air. For now, get your Reem fix with the first episode of The Reem, Part 2.Add a comment
If you enjoyed 'The Reem' -- an online documentary about Alistair Overeem's trials and tribulations, following his career from his Strikeforce title win to Alistair Overeem's big win at the K-1 Heavyweight World Grand Prix. So now, we follow Alistair Overeem from Dynamite!! 2010 and onward. This episode of The Reem starts off on Superbowl Weekend to the Strikeforce Fan Expo and Media Day for the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP. As per usual, incredible music choices line the innards of "The Reem." I'm always happy to hear mixes of Guns N' Roses and Ennio Morricone when I'm watching stuff about one of my favorite fighters. [source]
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In my last piece I tried my shot at exposing the Buakaw, and Ramon Dekkers myth. Someone replied and asked if they weren't the best, than who was?
If you ask Muay Thai fans that question, every top 10 list will be different. These are strictly my opinion
10 Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn: A long time training partner of Buakaw Por.Pramuk, Namsaknoi can be credited to some of the success Buakaw got in K-1. Its widely believed and often said that he dominated Buakaw in training. He held Lumpinee titles at 4 different weight classes for more than a decade. In 1996 he was voted fighter of the year and for the next 10 years stayed incredibly consistent until he retired to become a trainer. He came back several times over the last few years, but it finally appears age has caught up with the "Emperor." With multiple wins over Samkor Keatmontep, and Saenchai Sinbimuaythai formerly known as Saenchai Sor. Kingstar its impossible for me to leave him off this list. Im unsure of his actual record, but he rarely lost in the late 90's, and early 2000's. I don't doubt that he won at least 90% of his fights. Which is is phenomenal when you consider even the top Thai's fight 8-12+ times a year.
On top of being an all time great fighter he has the most beautiful Wai Kru I've ever seen.
9 Sangtienoi Sor. Rungrot: "The Deadly Kisser" (He apparently kissed his opponents on the cheek before he stopped them) was not very fast, nor was he too physically gifted in general, but he made up for it with amazing heart, and absolutely phenomenal technique. He's known for his kicks, and knees, but also has good hands, and good elbows, which make him one of the most complete fighters I've seen in Muay Thai. A long time champion at Rajadamnern Stadium he made the move to Lumpinee for better competition. Soon after he became lightweight champion, and beat all the best fighters of that era (90's) which is considered to be the greatest era of fighters ever. Today Sangtienoi is retired and is not only a trainer, but one of the best ambassadors for the sport. His son Moses, though not nearly as good as his father has followed in his footsteps and is ranked in the top 10 middleweights at Rajadamnern Stadium.
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Last week's question: How did you score Daniel Ghita vs. Hesdy Gerges?
48% - Even and should have gone to an extra round
23% - Gerges won fair and square
17% - Ghita should have had the decision
12% - Didn't see it
This week: The big fight from this weekend was Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Cosmo Alexandre, and there was no doubt who won there. Giorgio Petrosyan continues to dominate the sport with his superb technique. He's clearly the top kickboxer in the world, and at this point, you have to ask...
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As I was typing in that headline, I initially had put "in the United States" for the simple fact alone that I live there, as do virtually all of the contributors on LiverKick.com, outside of EKP who is in the Toronto area, Fletch in the UK and Traveler who is heading to Thailand and China shortly to cleanse his person and kick things.
Yesterday it was announced that Zuffa had purchased UFC's top competitor, Strikeforce. This caused many, many reactions sweeping across the world for MMA fans and pundits. It has become a polarizing topic and has effectively split a community that was merely on the way to being fractured over the course of a few hours. In between anti-Zuffa war cries, pro-Zuffa, anti-free market rants, comparisons to major league sports teams that don't seem to stick and some wait-and-see attitudes, it is clear that something very big happened yesterday. What I really find funny is that somewhere in between all of that, we saw a show happen in Italy that featured four top 25 70kg Middleweights and the rest that are well on their way to being on that list in the world of kickboxing.
On top of that, the #5 and #11 fighters, respectively, were competing in different parts of the world as well. It feels like a foolish distraction to get caught up in MMA while kickboxing makes such a great showing, internationally. Admittedly, I saw Royce Gracie in UFC before I saw Peter Aerts throw the head kick that turned me into a lifelong kickboxing fan. The issue with MMA will sort itself out, that I'm sure of, there needs to be a focus on Kickboxing and Muay Thai right now.
As of me writing this, in the United States there is no one Kickboxing or Muay Thai promotion that promotes on a national basis. To me, that is almost mind-boggling, as there are promotions that run regionally, in areas like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas that all draw incredible crowds for what they do, but there is next to no overlap outside of a few top prospects like Kevin Ross who actually leave their region to fight in other ones as well as other countries.
This is unacceptable by any stretch of the imagination. It isn't like there aren't gyms and there aren't people training kickboxing and muay thai every day in the United States, and not just for self defense, either. There are people training for combat. Then there is talk about why there is no major Muay Thai or Kickboxing promotion, the lack of star power. I've seen local shows and seen the top talents, if they were promoted correctly on a national level, who says that they wouldn't catch on like MMA fighters have? People purchase shows headlined by fighters like Frank Edgar, who by all means does not live up to the tough guy stereotype image of what a fighter should be, nor does he give the most rousing, interesting interviews.
Someone needs to step up to the plate already and take the fractured scene and make something of it. Everyone can keep complaining or being condescending that there is "no market for kickboxing" as long as no one is out there trying and proving the doubters right. K-1 isn't going to do it, they are a Japan-centric promotion, always have been and always will be. Their monopoly on the sport has been both good and bad for it; good as in it created a yearly tournament that shows who is the best in the world, without a doubt, the bad is that no matter where they promote, the end game is to make good television for Japanese audiences, not local audiences. When K-1 promoted in the United States they never bothered localizing the product beyond using a select group of American fighters. The local promoters and men in charge like Scott Coker and Mike Kogan are the whim of what the Japanese promoters and producers want, leaving a scene that I've heard from a few fighters was disarray and confusion for K-1's USA shows.
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