LiverKick Rankings Update 10/17/2017: New Welterweight and Middleweight Kings

(GLORY Sports International/James Law)

It’s been three months, which means that it’s once again that time for the quarterly LiverKick Rankings update. Jay Jauncey and myself (Dave Walsh) have gone through the records for each fighter and updated the Official LiverKick Rankings accordingly.

Let’s dive right into the changes.


There wasn’t exactly a ton of movement on here, but there was some and it was important. D’Angelo Marshall was bumped out after just making his way into the rankings thanks to Luis Tavares defeating the #8 Jahfarr Wilnis. That means that Wilnis goes down a spot, along with Ibrahim El Bouni losing his #9 spot for #10. It’s a bummer, but remember, to move up you need to defeat someone ranked higher, and if someone new is introduced to the rankings that generally means everyone after goes down a spot.

UPDATE: In late July Tomas Hron defeated Roman Kryklia, which shifts everyone else down and drops El Bouni.

Light Heavyweight

Much like Heavyweight, very little movement. Danyo Ilunga, the former #8, lost to Stephane Susperregui, which means that Susperregui claims the #8 spot with Ilunga and Kryklia dropping down. Fabio Kwasi losing his spot.


Middleweight, oh Middleweight, oh how you’ve changed. Alex Pereira has unseated the former king in Simon Marcus, which puts Marcus into #2 and Pereira at #1. Yousri Belgaroui jumps up after his solid performances and, well, a very strange occurrence in that we were forced to remove one of the top kickboxers in the world in Artem Levin for inactivity. Ouch. Isarel Adesanya bumps up, as does Ibrahim El Boustati. Everyone else would usually head up, but Mikhail Chalykh holds a win over Filip Verlinden, which would usually bump Verlinden and everyone else down, yet, Artem Levin leaving let them secure their spots.


Cedric Doumbe was once the new king, but now he’s been unseated and here we are, with Murthel Groenhart finally securing his spot at the top of the heap in Welterweight. That means that Doumbe, Holzken and Kyshenko head down and that is the only update here.


The changes here are downright strange, it feels. Last time we updated the rankings we had a few unfortunate losses re-sculpt the bottom half of the top ten, and as a result of that, we had to do that here. Again. Crazy, right? Andrei Kulebin’s addition last time, followed by a few losses, placed Sergey Kulybala into the rankings, as well as Sibmean Sitchefboonthum. But guess what? Sergey Kulybala had a loss after that. To who? Buakaw Banchamek. Welcome back, Buakaw.


Oddly enough, nothing.

LiverKick Rankings Updated on 10/17/2017

Heavyweight (Per 10/17)
1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Guto Inocente
3 Benjamin Adegbuyi
4 Tomas Hron *
5 Roman Kryklia v
6 Jamal Ben Saddik v
7 Ismael Londt v
8 Mladen Brestovac v
9 Luis Tavares *
10 Jahfarr Wilnis v

Heavyweight (Per 10/17)

1 Artem Vakhitov
2 Pavel Zhuravlev
3 Saulo Cavalari
4 Zack Mwekassa
5 Mourad Bouzidi
6 Fred Sikking
7 Michael Duut
8 Stephane Susperregui *
9 Danyo Ilunga v
10 Roman Kryklia v
Middleweight (Per 10/17)
1 Alex Pereira ^
2 Simon Marcus v
3 Yousri Belgaroui ^
4 Jason Wilnis v
5 Israel Adesenya ^
6 Ibrahim El Boustati ^
7 Mikhail Chalykh *
8 Filip Verlinden
9 Joe Schilling
10 Dustin Jacoby
Welterweight (Per 10/17)
1 Murthel Groenhart ^
2 Cedric Doumbe v
3 Nieky Holzken v
4 Artur Kyshenko v
5 Alexander Stetsurenko
6 Dmitry Valent
7 Hicham El Gaoui
8 Raymond Daniels
9 Yoann Kongolo
10 Karim Ghajji
Lightweight (Per 10/17)
1 Superbon Banchamek
2 Sitthichai
3 Giorgio Petrosyan
4 Marat Grigorian
5 Jomthong
6 Cedric Manhoef
7 Buakaw Banchamek *
8 Sergey Kulyaba *
9 Sibmean Sitchefboonthum *
10 Andrei Kulebin v
Featherweight (Per 10/17)
1 Masaaki Noiri
2 Kaew Weerasakreck
3 Qiu Jianliang
4 Wei Rui
5 Ren Hiramoto
6 Gonnapar Weerasakreck
7 Ilias Bulaid
8 Hideaki Yamazaki
9 Jarunchai Kesagym
10 Kohei Nishikawa


* – New Addition

^ – Moved Up

v – Moved Down


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.

If you spot an error or possible omission, feel free to reach out to rankings@liverkick dot com.