KUMITE European MMA Rankings, December 2014

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It’s been a busy month of MMA, and while it’s not yet finished we’ll account for the results of CWFC 63 and UFC 168 in the January rankings.

Remember, we’ve got a Fear The Fighter t-shirt up for grabs for one respondent to our Annual awards so get over here and make your votes known!

Theres been a fair few significant fights and almost as many gross personal oversights corrected from the first set of rankings.  Let’s get into it and see if you agree with this month’s offering…

Heavyweight

1- Vitaly Minakov (Russia) 13-0, Bellator
2- Andrei Arlovski (Belarus) 21-10, WSOF – UP 3 – def. Andreas Kraniotakes 29/11
3- Stefan Struve (Netherlands) 25-6, UFC – DOWN 1
4- Cheick Kongo (France) 20-8-2, Bellator – DOWN 1
5- Alistair Overeem (netherlands) 36-13 – DOWN 1
6- Damian Grabowski (Poland) 19-1, IND – UP 2 – def. Kenny Garner 30/11
7- Alexander Volkov (Russia) 19-4, Bellator – DOWN 1
8- Sergei Kharitonov (Russia) 21-6, IND – UP 2 – def. Jerome le Banner 21/12 (GLORY)
9- Alexey Oleinik (Ukraine) 53-9-1, IND – DOWN 2
10- Magomed Malikov (Russia) 7-2, M-1 – DOWN 1

Note: Sergei Kharitonov has advanced due to a non-MMA win at GLORY13, but in my view it’s all combat sports…

Light Heavyweight

1- Alexander Gustafsson (Sweden) 15-2, UFC
2- Jimi Manuwa (England) 14-0, UFC
3- Attila Vegh (Slovakia) 29-4-2, Bellator
4- Mikhail Zayats (Russia) 22-7, Bellator
5- Gegard Mousasi (Armenia) 34-3-2, UFC (*returning to Middleweight in February,
6- Jan Blachowicz (Poland) 17-3, KSW
7- Victor Nemkov (Russia) 19-4, M-1
8- Linton Vassell (England) 12-3, Bellator
9- Jason Jones (Netherlands) 20-10, BAMMA
10- Cyrille Diabate (France) 19-9, UFC

Note : No ranked fighters active in last month.

Middleweight

1- Michael Bisping (England) 24-5, UFC
2- Mamed Khalidov (Poland) 28-4-2, KSW – UP 2 – def. Ryuta Sakurai 7/12
3- Frances Carmont (France) 22-7, UFC – DOWN 1
4- Alexander Shlemenko (Russia) 49-7, Bellator – DOWN 1
5 – Luke Barnatt (England) 7-0, 7-0 UFC
6 – Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (Russia) 23-2, 13-1 M-1
7 – Michal Materla (Poland) 19-4, 6-1 KSW
8 – Tom Watson (England) 16-6, 3-2 UFC
9 – Ramazan Emeev (Azerbaijan) 11-2, 8-0 M-1
10 – Andrey Koreshkov (Russia) 14-1 IND – NE – def. David Gomez 14/12

Note: Niko Musoke drops out, replaced by Koreshkov

Welterweight

1- Tarec Saffiedine (Belgium) 14-3, UFC
2- Martin Kampmann (Denmark) 20-7, UFC
3- Gunnar Nelson (Iceland) 11-0-1, UFC
4- Cathal Pendred (Ireland) 13-2-1, Cage Warriors
5- Adlan Amagov (Russia) 13-2-1, UFC
6- Gael Grimaud (France) 19-6, Cage Warriors – UP 3
7- Nicolas Dalby (Denmark) 11-0 Cage Warriors – UP 3
8 – Paul Daley (England) 34-12-2 BAMMA – NE – def. Romario da Silva 14/12
9 – Jim Wallhead (England) 25-8, BAMMA – NE – def. Florent Betorangel 14/12
10 – Aslambek Saidov (Poland) 15-3 KSW – NE – def. Daniel Acacio 7/12

Note: Andrey Koreshokov now ranked at middleweight, John Hathaway & Rashid Magomedov unranked due to inactivity.

Lightweight

1- Khabib Nurmagomedov (Russia) 21-0, UFC
2- Rustam Khabilov (Russia) 17-1, UFC
3- Alexander Sarnavskiy (Russia) 25-2 Bellator
4- Ross Pearson (England) 15-6, UFC
5- Musa Khamanaev (Russia) 13-3, M-1
6- Norman Parke (Norther Ireland) 19-2 UFC
7- Steven Ray (Scotland) 14-4 Cage Warriors ©
8- Piotr Hallmann (Poland) 14-2 UFC
9- Ivan Buchinger (Slovakia) 24-4 Cage Warriors – UP 1
10- Mansour Barnaoui (France) 11-2 BAMMA – NE – def. Colin Fletcher 14/12

Note: Marcin Held removed in favour of Barnaoui & Buchinger
Anton Kuivanen and Curt Warburton also in close contention for ranking after big wins in December.

Featherweight

1- Conor McGregor (Ireland) 14-2, 10-1 UFC
2 – Tom Niinimaki (Finland) 21-5-1 UFC – UP 2 – def. Rani Yahya 30/11
3- Dennis Siver (Germany) 21-9, UFC – DOWN 1
4- Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (Russia) 21-5, Bellator – DOWN 1
5- Shabulat Shamhalaev (Russia) 12-2-1, Bellator
6- Joni Salovaara (Finland) 14-7 IND
7- Graham Turner (Scotland) 23-7 Cage Warriors
8- Sergei Greicho (Lithuania) 15-5-1 OC
9- Chris Fishgold (England) 10-0 Cage Warriors – NE – def. Olivier Pastor 7/12
10 – Akira Corassani (Sweden) 12-3, UFC

Note: Akira Corassani’s win over Maximo Blanco doesn’t advance his ranking due to it’s DQ nature, but it does hold his place, as Niklas Backstrom is replaced at 9 by Chris Fishgold following his win over Olivier Pastor.

France’s Tom Duquesnoy also came very close to being ranked following his KO win over James Saville.

Bantamweight

1- Brad Pickett (England) 23-8, UFC
2- Brett Johns (Wales) 8-0, Cage Warriors ©
3- James Brum (England) 14-2, Cage Warriors
4- Ronnie Mann (England) 23-6-1 Cage Warriors – NE
5- Timo-Juhan Hirbokangas (Finland) 8-2 Cage FC – DOWN 1
6- James Pennington (England) 9-1 Cage Warriors
7- Martin McDonough (Wales) 11-4, Cage Warriors
8- Sirwan Kakai (sweden) 9-2, IND
9- David Haggstrom (Sweden) 7-2-1 IND
10 Ruslan Abiltarov (Ukraine) 15-4-1 IND

Note: For some inexplicable and unforgivable reason, I had neglected to rank Ronnie Mann last month. David Santacana drops out due to a loss, while I felt Ruslan Abiltarov deserved the no.10 spot more than Cory Tait.

Flyweight

1- Ali Bagautinov (Russia) 12-2 UFC
2- Neil Seery (Ireland) 13-9 Cage Warriors ©
3- Phil Harris (England) 22-11 UFC
4- Pietro Menga (England) 10-0 FCC ©
7- Paul Marin (Romania) 7-3, Cage Warriors – UP 2 – 2 def. Specer Hewitt 13/12
8- Shaj Haque (England) 4-1 Cage Warriors – UP 2 – def. Mark Connor 7/12
5- Mikael Silander (Finaland) 8-3 IND
6- Paul McVeigh (Northern Ireland) 19-8 Cage Warriors
9- Chris Miah (England) 5-0 IND – NE
10- Rany Saadeh (Germany) 5-1 BAMMA – NE

Note: Chris Miah & Rany Saadeh replace Steve McCombe and Scott Pooley at 9 & 10 due to me doing more research this month.

Women’s P4P

(Due to the less developed state of Women’s MMA we’re ranking our top ten female fighters from across the weight classes – we hope to expand this section in future.)

1- Joanne Calderwood (Scotland) 8-0 Invicta FC – UP 2 def. Katja Kankaanpaa 7/12
2 – Marloes Coenen (Netherlands) 21-6 Invicta FC – DOWN 1
3 – Katja Kankaanpaa (Finland) 8-1-1 Invicta FC – DOWN 1
4- Rosi Sexton (England) 13-4 IND
5- Milana Dudieva (Russia) 8-3 ProFC
6- Maria Hoegaard Djursa (Denmark) 5-4 IND
7- Shiela Gaff (Germany) 10-6-1 UFC
8- Pannie Kianzad (Sweden) 4-0 IND
9- Aisling Daly (Ireland) 12-5 Cage Warriors
10- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (Poland) 4-0 IND

European National Rankings
(Each ranked fighter scores points for their nation, with a no.1 ranking earning 10 points, down to a 10 ranking earning 1 point. This is just for fun.)

1 – Russia – 110 pts
2 – England – 104 pts
3 – Finland – 32 pts
4= Ireland – 28 pts
4 = Poland – 28 pts – UP 2
6 – Netherlands – 26 pts – DOWN 2
7 – France – 22 pts – UP 1
8 – Sweden – 19 pts – UP 1
9= Denmark – 17 pts – UP 1
9= Scotland – 17 pts

Please give your opinions on the rankings in the comments, especially by noting fighters I haven’t ranked but you think I should have – I’m doing this as much to increase my own knowledge as any thing else.

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