As kickboxing continues to grow on a global scale with promotions like GLORY, K-1, Kunlun Fight, 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 strawweight, as well as the pound-for-pound rankings for both men and women. This month in particular, we are opening two new weight divisions. Instead of encompassing all of the fighters under 65-kilograms into one weight class, we have opened up the rankings in the lower weight classes.

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



Heavyweight (95+ kilograms)
  1. Rico Verhoeven (1)
  2. Roman Kryklia (2)
  3. Jamal Ben Saddik (3)
  4. Benjamin Adegbuyi (4)
  5. Mladen Brestovac (5)
  6. Zabit Samedov (6)
  7. Guto Inocente (7)
  8. Murat Aygun (8)
  9. D’Angelo Marshall (9)
  10. Roel Mannaart (10)

There were no fighters in action during the month of September, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Light Heavyweight (85.1-95 kilograms)
  1. Artem Vakhitov (1)
  2. Pavel Zhuravlev (2)
  3. Igor Bugaenko (3)
  4. Alex Pereira (-)
  5. Felipe Micheletti (5)
  6. Donegi Abena (4)
  7. Luis Tavares (6)
  8. Tarik Khbabez (7)
  9. Zinedine Hameur-Lain (8)
  10. Sergej Maslobojev (9)

Dropped from the rankings: Danyo Ilunga (10)

GLORY middelweight champion Alex Pereira makes his debut in the light heavyweight rankings. Pereira captured the interim light heavyweight title with a third-round knockout of Donegi Abena at GLORY 68. Pereira debuts in the fourth spot following his seventh consecutive victory. Following the loss, Abena drops two spots to sixth.

Middleweight (80.1-85 kilograms)
  1. Alex Pereira (1)
  2. Simon Marcus (2)
  3. Loren Javier Jorge (3)
  4. Donovan Wisse (4)
  5. Yousri Belgaroui (5)
  6. Artem Levin (7)
  7. Jason Wilnis (6)
  8. Hicham El Gaoui (8)
  9. Ulrik Bokeme (9)
  10. Ertuğrul Bayrak (10)

Artem Levin defeated China’s Zhou Wei at Wu Lin Feng in Moscow. The victory moves Levin up one spot, past fellow former GLORY middleweight champion Jason Wilnis and into sixth.

Welterweight (72.6-80 kilograms)
  1. Artur Kyshenko (1)
  2. Cédric Doumbé (2)
  3. Harut Grigorian (3)
  4. Alim Nabiyev (4)
  5. Regian Eersel (5)
  6. Murthel Groenhart (6)
  7. Nieky Holzken (7)
  8. Raymond Daniels (8)
  9. Yoann Kongolo (9)
  10. Mohamed “Hamicha” Mezouari (10)

There were no fighters in action during the month of September, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Lightweight (70-72.5 kilograms)
  1. Marat Grigorian (1)
  2. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (2)
  3. Giorgio Petrosyan (3)
  4. Superbon Banchamek (4)
  5. Chingiz Allazov (5)
  6. Tayfun Ozcan (6)
  7. Endy Semeleer (7)
  8. Samy Sana (8)
  9. Jonay Risco (9)
  10. Yodsanklai Fairtex (10)

There were no fighters in action during the month of September, so the rankings remain unchanged.

Featherweight (65-69.9 kilograms)
  1. Qiu Jianliang (1)
  2. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (2)
  3. Jordann Pikeur (3)
  4. Masaaki Noiri (4)
  5. Rukiya Anpo (5)
  6. Petchtanong Banchamek (6)
  7. Kaew Weerasakreck (7)
  8. Abdellah Ezbiri (8)
  9. Tie Yinghua (9)
  10. Jia Aoqi (10)

There were no fighters in action during the month of September.

Bantamweight (60.1-64.9 kilograms)
  1. Kenta Hayashi (1)
  2. Wei Rui (2)
  3. Taiju Shiratori (3)
  4. Koya Urabe (4)
  5. Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang (5)
  6. Wang Wenfeng (6)
  7. Ilias Ennahachi (7)
  8. Yuto Shinohara (8)
  9. Gonnapar Weerasakreck (9)
  10. Zhu Shuai (10)

Third-ranked Taiju Shiratori capped off his tournament run with a dominant performance against former Rajadamnern stadium champion Genji Umeno. Shiratori scored a first-round knockout with a beautiful left straight in the finals of the 61-kilogram tournament at RISE World Series 2019 Final Round.

Flyweight (57.6-60 kilograms)
  1. Takeru (1)
  2. Tenshin Nasukawa (2)
  3. Leona Pettas (3)
  4. Kosuke Komiyama (4)
  5. Kouzi (5)
  6. Asahisa Hirotaka (6)
  7. Yuma Saikyo (7)
  8. Zhao Chongyang (8)
  9. Suarek Rukkukamui (9)
  10. Kotaro Shimano (10)

There were a few fighters in action during the month of September, but it results in very little movement in the rankings following the action. Second-ranked Tenshin Nasukawa bested Shiro by decision to win the 58-kilogram tournament at RISE World Series 2019 Final Round. No. 3 Leona Pettas captured the Krush super featherweight title with a victory over seventh-ranked Yuma Saikyo at K-1 Krush Fight Night 105. Eighth-ranked Zhao Chongyang missed weight for his WLF 60-kilogram tournament semifinal bout. He knocked out Thailand’s Phitthaya in the first round, but Chongyang takes the loss on his official record. Chongyang remains in the top 10.

Strawweight (57.5 kilograms and below)
  1. Yoshiki Takei (1)
  2. Akihiro Kaneko (2)
  3. Yuta Murakoshi (3)
  4. Masashi Kumura (4)
  5. Yuki Egawa (5)
  6. Haruma Saikyo (6)
  7. Wang Junguang (7)
  8. Astemir Borsov (8)
  9. Masahiko Suzuki (-)
  10. Gunji Taito (9)

Dropped from the rankings: Alex Rivas (10)



RISE 55-kilogram champ Masahiko Suzuki debuts in the top 10 following an extra-round decision win over 53-kilogram champion Toki Tamaru at RISE World Series 2019 Final Round. Following his seventh straight win and 10th straight knockout victory, Suzuki lands in ninth. Alex Rivas falls out of the rankings as a result. Eighth-ranked Astemir Borsov took out Italy’s Luca Cecchetti to win the WAKO 58-kilogram title.

Pound-For-Pound
  1. Takeru (1)
  2. Marat Grigorian (2)
  3. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (3)
  4. Giorgio Petrosyan (4)
  5. Tenshin Nasukawa (6)
  6. Alex Pereira (9)
  7. Artur Kyshenko (5)
  8. Cédric Doumbé (7)
  9. Rico Verhoeven (8)
  10. Qiu Jianliang (10)/Yoshiki Takei (10)

Tenshin Nasukawa moves up one spot following his tournament victory and 35th consecutive win to begin his career. Alex Pereira leaps three spots in the rankings following his face-plant knockout of Abena.

Women’s Pound-For-Pound
  1. Anissa Meksen (1)
  2. Jorina Baars (2)
  3. Tiffany van Soest (3)
  4. Iman Barlow (4)
  5. Wang Kehan (5)
  6. Gong Yanli (6)
  7. Wang Cong (7)
  8. Anissa Haddaoui (8)
  9. Sofia Olofsson (9)
  10. Sarel de Jong (10)

There were no fighters in action during the month of September, so the rankings remain 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.