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.

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


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

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

Light Heavyweight (85.1-95 kilograms)
  1. Artem Vakhitov (1)
  2. Pavel Zhuravlev (2)
  3. Luis Tavares (3)
  4. Alex Pereira (4)
  5. Sergej Maslobojev (5)
  6. Donegi Abena (6)
  7. Stéphane Susperregui (7)
  8. Felipe Micheletti (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 remain unchanged.

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

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

Welterweight (72.6-80 kilograms)
  1. Cédric Doumbé (1)
  2. Alim Nabiyev (2)
  3. Regian Eersel (3)
  4. Murthel Groenhart (4)
  5. Jamie Bates (5)
  6. Harut Grigorian (6)
  7. Nieky Holzken (7)
  8. Dmitry Menshikov (8)
  9. Endy Semeleer (9)
  10. Mohamed “Hamicha” Mezouari (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action during the last month, 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. Tayfun Ozcan (5)
  6. Chingiz Allazov (6)
  7. Samy Sana (7)
  8. Jonay Risco (8)
  9. Davit Kiria (9)
  10. Buakaw Banchamek (10)

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

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

Wu Lin Feng 2019 World Cup champion Jia Aoqi pushed his winning streak to eight following a decision victory against 65-kilogram champ Wang Pengfei in the opening round of the WLF 66-kilogram King’s Super Cup. His 24th career victory is enough to push him into the top three.

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

Dropped from the rankings: Yuto Shinohara (10)

China’s Jin Ying shook up the bantamweight rankings with one of the biggest upsets of the year against former No. 6-ranked Zhu Shuai. Ying debuts at eighth following the huge decision victory in the Wu Lin Feng King’s Super Cup 63-kilogram tournament. Due to the change, Yuto Shinohara drops outside of the top 10. However, he will have a chance to return to the rankings when he faces off with current Krush champ and former top-10 member Gonnapar Weerasakreck at Krush.113 at the end of the June.

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)

Zhao Chongyang, the Enfusion 60-kilogram champion, fell short in a big upset at the hands of China’s Fang Feida during the opening round of the Wu Lin Feng 2020 King’s Super Cup 63-kilogram tournament. Feida was able to score the technical stoppage against Chongyang with two knockdowns in a single round. Chongyang remains ranked despite the loss due to the circumstances of the bout taking place at 63 kilograms. The victor doesn’t have the resume to crack the bantamweight rankings. However, he has the chance to crack the top 10 when he fights Zhu Shuai on June 13 in China.


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Strawweight (57.5 kilograms and below)
  1. Yoshiki Takei (1)
  2. Yuuki Egawa (2)
  3. Masashi Kumura (3)
  4. Akihiro Kaneko (4)
  5. Astemir Borsov (5)
  6. Sam-A Gaiyanghadao (6)
  7. Wang Junguang (7)
  8. Masahiko Suzuki (8)
  9. Haruma Saikyo (9)
  10. Jawsuayai Ayothaya Fight Gym (10)

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

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

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

Women’s Pound-For-Pound
  1. Anissa Meksen (1)
  2. Tiffany van Soest (2)
  3. Iman Barlow (3)
  4. Jorina Baars (4)
  5. KANA (5)
  6. Josefine Knutsson (6)
  7. Anissa Haddaoui (7)
  8. Anke Van Gestel (8)
  9. Sarel de Jong (9)
  10. Sofia Olofsson (10)/Christina Breuer (10)

No fighters in the top 10 were in action during the last month, 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.