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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Official LiverKick Rankings Update (1/20)

  • Category: Rankings
  • Published: Monday, 20 January 2014 16:10
  • Written by Dave Walsh

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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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LiverKick.com Heavyweight Rankings: January 2013

  • Category: Rankings
  • Published: Thursday, 10 January 2013 21:49
  • Written by Dave Walsh

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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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LiverKick.com Middleweight Rankings - December 2012

  • Category: Rankings
  • Published: Friday, 21 December 2012 12:01
  • Written by Rian Scalia
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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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LiverKick.com Lightweight Rankings - November 2012

  • Category: Rankings
  • Published: Monday, 26 November 2012 12:45
  • Written by Rian Scalia
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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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LiverKick.com Lightweight Rankings - September 2012

  • Category: Rankings
  • Published: Saturday, 15 September 2012 11:47
  • Written by Rian Scalia
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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