LiverKick Rankings Update for 7/24/2017: Things Change, Also Stay the Same

Simon Marcus recaptured his crown at GLORY 40 (GLORY Sports International/James Law)

That’s right, it’s been three months, which means that it’s that time again for the official LiverKick Rankings to get a solid scrubbing.

For those that want to hear some of the details that we go into about specific changes, you can actually listen to Jay and myself talk about these changes on the latest iteration of the LiverKick Podcast, available for your listening pleasure. As always, I’ll go over some of these bigger changes here.

Oh heavyweight, or how Benjamin Adegbuyi lost his groove. Guto Inocente picked up a big win over him and jumped up allllll the way to number two, which is pretty huge. That bumped everyone else down a spot, also saw Ibrahim El Bouni pick up a spot in the rankings with a win over Fabio Kwasi at heavyweight and D’Angelo Marshall found a spot for himself for the first time with his win over Braddock.

Light Heavyweight
GLORY has a new interim champion and that means that Pavel Zhuravlev earns his spot on the rankings at a rather comfortable number two. Everyone else slides down a spot and for now all is relatively quiet.

Simon Marcus reclaimed his throne by defeating Jason Wilnis. Yousri Belgaroui earns himself a spot by defeating Alex Pereira and Ibrahim El Boustati once again finds a home on the rankings after being on there and being removed after Verlinden had their first bout overturned. This one probably won’t, so welcome. This means that Fang Bian loses that number ten spot that he was clinging to for ages and that Cedric Doumbe was removed after twelve months of inactivity at this weight. I mean, c’mon, he’s the Welterweight king.

Just as quickly as Karim Ghajji had won the Bellator title and found a place, he loses it because Alexander Stetsurenko lost to Cyril Benzaquen, who found himself a home in the top five.

My god. What even happened here? What a mess. Robin van Roosmalen has not competed at this weight in over a year so therefore he was removed, which sadly knocks him from the rankings in general which feels really weird. Blame GLORY for axing their entire Japanese featherweight roster a few years ago. That means Petrosyan and Marat get bumped up, Jomthong is introduced for defeating Manhoef and then comes the giant changes. Wu Xuesong lost and lost twice, making crazy ripples and forcing us to add four new additions to the rankings. Things are gonna get weird at lightweight.

Masaaki Noiri is the king once again. Kaew’s reign is over, for now.

UPDATE: 8/2 — We’ve been informed by the promoter of the fight that the bout between Cyril Benzaquen and Alexander Stetsurenko was actually at 83kg, therefore the result is void for these rankings and everyone will return to their previous spot, including Karim Ghajji.

LiverKick Rankings Updated on 7/24/2017

Heavyweight (Per 7/24)
1 Rico Verhoeven
2 Guto Inocente ^
3 Benjamin Adegbuyi v
4 Roman Kryklia v
5 Jamal Ben Saddik v
6 Ismael Londt v
7 Mladen Brestovac v
8 Jahfarr Wilnis v
9 Ibrahim El Bouni *
10 D’Angelo Marshall *

Heavyweight (Per 7/24)

1 Artem Vakhitov
2 Pavel Zhuravlev *
3 Saulo Cavalari v
4 Zack Mwekassa v
5 Mourad Bouzidi v
6 Fred Sikking v
7 Michael Duut v
8 Danyo Ilunga v
9 Roman Kryklia v
10 Fabio Kwasi v
Middleweight (Per 7/24)
1 Simon Marcus ^
2 Jason Wilnis v
3 Artem Levin
4 Yousri Belgaroui *
5 Alex Pereira v
6 Israel Adesenya v
7 Ibrahim El Boustati *
8 Filip Verlinden v
9 Joe Schilling v
10 Dustin Jacoby v
Welterweight (Per 7/24)
1 Cedric Doumbe
2 Nieky Holzken
3 Artur Kyshenko
4 Murthel Groenhart
5 Alexander Stetsurenko
6 Dmitry Valent
7 Hicham El Gaoui
8 Raymond Daniels
9 Yoann Kongolo
10 Karim Ghajji
Lightweight (Per 7/24)
1 Superbon Banchamek
2 Sitthichai
3 Giorgio Petrosyan ^
4 Marat Grigorian ^
5 Jomthong *
6 Cedric Manhoef
7 Andrei Kulebin *
8  Teo Mikelic *
9 Nikola Cimesa *
10 Martin Gano *
Featherweight (Per 7/24)
1 Masaaki Noiri ^
2 Kaew Weerasakreck v
3 Qiu Jianliang v
4 Wei Rui v
5 Ren Hiramoto v
6 Gonnapar Weerasakreck v
7 Ilias Bulaid  v
8 Hideaki Yamazaki v
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.