As kickboxing continues to grow on a global scale with promotions like GLORY, K-1, Kunlun Fighting Championship and more, fighters are constantly jockeying for position in the eyes (and rankings) of the media.

Every month, Combat Press will rank each weight class from heavyweight to featherweight, as well as the pound-for-pound rankings for both men and women.

The numbers in parentheses represent the fighter’s ranking from last month.

Heavyweight
  1. Rico Verhoeven (1)
  2. Benjamin Adegbuyi (2)
  3. Mladen Brestovac (3)
  4. Andrey Gerasimchuk (4)
  5. Jamal Ben Saddik (5)
  6. Guto Inocente (6)
  7. D’Angelo Marshall (7)
  8. Zabit Samedov (8)
  9. Ismael Londt (9)
  10. Roman Kryklia (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action during the last month, so the rankings remains unchanged.

Light Heavyweight
  1. Artem Vakhitov (1)
  2. Pavel Zhuravlev (2)
  3. Saulo Cavalari (3)
  4. Zack Mwekassa (4)
  5. Mourad Bouzidi (5)
  6. Luis Tavares (6)
  7. Igor Bugaenko (7)
  8. Fabio Kwasi (8)
  9. Ariel Machado (9)
  10. Zinedine Hameur-Lain (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action during the last month, so the rankings remains unchanged.

Middleweight
  1. Alex Pereira (1)
  2. Simon Marcus (2)
  3. Yousri Belgaroui (3)
  4. Jason Wilnis (4)
  5. Artem Levin (5)
  6. Israel Adesanya (6)
  7. Joe Schilling (7)
  8. Fang Bian (8)
  9. Dustin Jacoby (9)
  10. Loren Javier Jorge (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action during the last month, so the rankings remains unchanged.

Welterweight
  1. Artur Kyshenko (1)
  2. Murthel Groenhart (2)
  3. Cédric Doumbé (3)
  4. Alim Nabiyev (6)
  5. Nieky Holzken (4)
  6. Yoann Kongolo (5)
  7. Yohan Lidon (7)
  8. Raymond Daniels (8)
  9. Karim Ghajji (9)
  10. Harut Grigorian (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action during the last month, so the rankings remains unchanged.

Lightweight
  1. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (1)
  2. Superbon Banchamek (2)
  3. Giorgio Petrosyan (3)
  4. Marat Grigorian (4)
  5. Chingiz Allazov (6)
  6. Buakaw Banchamek (5)
  7. Mohamed Mezouari (7)
  8. Christian Baya (8)
  9. Davit Kiria (9)
  10. Endy Semeleer (10)

Only one fighter in the lightweight top 10 was in the ring during January. Chingiz Allazov defeated Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee on the scorecards at Thai Boxe Mania 2018 in Italy. With the victory, Allazov climbs into the No. 5 spot in the rankings.

Featherweight
  1. Kaew Weerasakreck (Fairtex) (1)
  2. Qiu Jianliang (2)
  3. Masaaki Noiri (3)
  4. Robin van Roosmalen (4)
  5. Ilias Bulaid (5)
  6. Wei Rui (6)
  7. Abdellah Ezbiri (7)
  8. Yang Zhuo (8)
  9. Hideaki Yamazaki (9)
  10. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (10)

The featherweight top 10 had two fighters compete during the past month, both under the Glory of Heroes banner. Second-ranked Qiu Jianliang earned a third-round TKO over Yuichiro Nagashima during the promotion’s visit to Qingdao. Sixth-ranked Wei Rui knocked out Phosa Nopphorn in the first round in Guangzhou. Both fighters stay at their respective positions with the wins.

Pound-For-Pound
  1. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (1)
  2. Superbon Banchamek (2)
  3. Giorgio Petrosyan (3)/Kaew Weerasakreck (Fairtex) (3)
  4. Robin van Roosmalen (4)
  5. Artem Vakhitov (5)
  6. Artur Kyshenko (6)
  7. Takeru (7)
  8. Murthel Groenhart (8)
  9. Rico Verhoeven (9)
  10. Cédric Doumbé (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action during the last month, so the rankings remains unchanged.

Women’s Pound-For-Pound
  1. Anissa Meksen (1)
  2. Jorina Baars (2)
  3. Denise Kielholtz (3)
  4. Jemyma Betrian (4)
  5. Tiffany van Soest (5)
  6. Anissa Haddaoui (6)
  7. Wang Kehan (7)
  8. Iman Barlow (8)
  9. Rena Kubota (9)
  10. E. Meidie (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action during the last month, so the rankings remains unchanged.


Editor’s Note: Fighters are eligible to be ranked if they have competed in the last 18 months. Any fighter that chooses to switch weight classes will be ranked in their previous weight class until they have competed twice in their new division.

About The Author

Rob Tatum
Assistant Editor

Rob Tatum has been covering combat sports since 2009. His work has appeared on Invicta FC, The MMA Corner, Bleacher Report MMA, MMA DieHards and MMAinterviews. Prior to covering combat sports, Rob ran his own music website from 2002-2009. Beyond his writing, Rob has trained in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. He is a Colorado native that works as a mechanical engineer during the day. In his free time, Rob enjoys watching sports, playing music and working on cars.

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