KUMITE European MMA Rankings, January 2014

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The first few weeks of the year are usually quite quiet so we’ve not had too much movement with the most significant event easily being Cage Warriors year-end show with some moves occurring on more regional shows and the Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye end of year show.  So for the most part, these are the rankings as would have been if I’d done them in the first week of January after all the Hogmanay shows.  Ho-hum, let’s see where we stand as it all starts moving again…

Let’s get into it…

Heavyweight

1- Vitaly Minakov (Russia) 13-0, Bellator
2- Andrei Arlovski (Belarus) 21-10, WSOF
3- Stefan Struve (Netherlands) 25-6, UFC
4- Cheick Kongo (France) 20-8-2, Bellator
5- Alistair Overeem (netherlands) 36-13
6- Damian Grabowski (Poland) 19-1, IND
7- Alexander Volkov (Russia) 19-4, Bellator
8- Sergei Kharitonov (Russia) 21-6, IND
9- Alexey Oleinik (Ukraine) 53-9-1, IND
10- Magomed Malikov (Russia) 7-2, M-1

No movement due to inaction, but Phil DeFries and Konstantin Erokhin both moved closer to the top ten with late December wins over Brett Rogers and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou respectively.

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

No movement due to inaction, although February and March already have five of our ranked fighters booked to compete in UFC events.

Middleweight

1- Michael Bisping (England) 24-5, UFC
2- Mamed Khalidov (Poland) 28-4-2, KSW
3- Frances Carmont (France) 22-7, UFC
4- Alexander Shlemenko (Russia) 49-7 IND
5 – Luke Barnatt (England) 7-0 UFC
6 – Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (Russia) 23-2 M-1
7 – Michal Materla (Poland) 19-4 KSW
8 – Tom Watson (England) 16-6 UFC
9 – Ramazan Emeev (Azerbaijan) 11-2 M-1
10 – Faycal Hucin (France) 10-3 Cage Warriors NR

Several ranked fighters set to compete in February & March, while Andrey Koreshokov is removed due to his entry in the upcoming Bellator Welterweight tournament, proving his middleweight tenure was a one-off. He is replaced by Faycal Hucin.

Welterweight

1- Tarec Saffiedine (Belgium) 15-3, UFC def. Huyn Gyu Lim 1/4
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
7- Nicolas Dalby (Denmark) 11-0 Cage Warriors
8 – Paul Daley (England) 34-12-2 BAMMA
9 – Jim Wallhead (England) 25-8, BAMMA
10 – Aslambek Saidov (Poland) 15-3 KSW

Win for John Maguire at Cage Warriors on 12/31 moves him back towards to rankings contention following his losing streak and UFC release.

Lightweight

1- Khabib Nurmagomedov (Russia) 21-0, UFC
2- Rustam Khabilov (Russia) 17-1, UFC
3- Alexander Sarnavskiy (Russia) 26-2 Bellator def. Alexander Butenko 21/12
4- Ross Pearson (England) 15-6, UFC
5- Musa Khamanaev (Russia) 13-3, M-1
6- Norman Parke (Norther Ireland) 19-2 UFC
7- Ivan Buchinger (slovakia) 25-4 Cage Warriors (c) def. Steven Ray 12/21 UP 2
8- Piotr Hallmann (Poland) 14-2 UFC UP 1
9- Mansour Barnaoui (France) 11-2 BAMMA UP 1
10- Ramazan Esenbaev (Russia) 6-1 IND NE def. Satoru Kitaoka at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye on 31/12

Steven Ray drops out from #7 with his title loss to Buchinger, but given that he beat him up for three rounds only to fall into a submission, he’s a solid #11 and only held out of the rankings by Esenbaev’s win over Kitaoka in Japan.

Featherweight

1- Dennis Siver (Germany) 22-9, UFC – UP 2 def. Manny Gamburyan 28/12
2- Conor McGregor (Ireland) 14-2, 10-1 UFC DOWN 1
3 – Tom Niinimaki (Finland) 21-5-1 UFC DOWN 1
4- Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (Russia) 21-5, Bellator
5- Shabulat Shamhalaev (Russia) 12-2-1, Bellator
6- Joni Salovaara (Finland) 14-7 IND
7- Sergei Greicho (Lithuania) 15-5-1 OC
8- Chris Fishgold (England) 10-0 Cage Warriors
9- Akira Corassani (Sweden) 12-3, UFC
10– Marat Gafurov (Ukraine) 8-0 IND NE

Dennis Siver’s win on the undercard of UFC boosts him back to the top spot at the expense of injured Conor McGregor and Tom Niinimaki. Graham Turner’s loss to Jim Alers drops him from the rankings, bumping everyone below him and allowing Marat Gafurov into the #10 slot.

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
5- Timo-Juhan Hirbokangas (Finland) 8-2 Cage FC
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

No movement due to inactivity of ranked and near-to-ranked fighters.

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
8- Shaj Haque (England) 4-1 Cage Warriors
5- Mikael Silander (Finaland) 8-3 IND
6- Paul McVeigh (Northern Ireland) 19-8 Cage Warriors
9- Chris Miah (England) 5-0 IND
10- Rany Saadeh (Germany) 5-1 BAMMA

No movement due to inactivity of ranked and nearly ranked fighters.

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
2 – Marloes Coenen (Netherlands) 21-6 Invicta FC
3 – Katja Kankaanpaa (Finland) 8-1-1 Invicta FC
4- Rosi Sexton (England) 13-4 IND
5- Aisling Daly (Ireland) 12-5 Cage Warriors – UP 4 def. Karla Benitez 13/12
6- Milana Dudieva (Russia) 8-3 ProFC DOWN 1
7- Maria Hoegaard Djursa (Denmark) 5-4 IND DOWN 1
8- Shiela Gaff (Germany) 10-6-1 UFC DOWN 1
9- Pannie Kianzad (Sweden) 4-0 IND DOWN 1
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 – 109 pts
2 – England – 105 pts
3= Finland – 31 pts
4= Ireland – 31 pts
5 – Poland – 28 pts
6 – Netherlands – 25 pts
7 – France – 24 pts
8 – Sweden – 19 pts
9 – Denmark – 17 pts
10 – Germany – 14 pts

 

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