KUMITE European MMA Rankings, April 2014

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Sorry I’m a bit late with the rankings this month, been busy. Anyways it’s been an active month with movement in every division and a few big changes based on fighters being removed due to inactivity or bans. Check it out…

Heavyweight

1- Alistair Overeem (Holland) 37-13 UFC
2- Vitaly Minakov (Russia) 14-0, Bellator def. Cheick Kongo 4/4
3- Andrei Arlovski (Belarus) 21-10, UFC
4- Stefan Struve (Netherlands) 25-6 UFC
5- Cheick Kongo (France) 20-8-2 Bellator lost to Vitaly MInakiv 4/4
6- Alexander Volkov (Russia) 21-4 Bellator def. Siala-Mo Siliga 11/4 UP 1
7- Damian Grabowski (Poland) 19-1 M-1 DOWN 1
8- Sergei Kharitonov (Russia) 22-6 IND
9- Alexey Oleinik (Ukraine) 53-9-1 IND
10- Marcin Tybura (Poland) 10-0 M-1 def. Maro Perak 4/4 UNRANKED

Light Heavyweight

1- Alexander Gustafsson (Sweden) 15-2, UFC
2- Jimi Manuwa (England) 14-1, UFC
3- Attila Vegh (Slovakia) 29-5-2, Bellator
4- Mikhail Zayats (Russia) 22-8, Bellator
5- Ilir Latifi (Sweden) 7-3 UFC
6- Jan Blachowicz (Poland) 17-3, KSW
7- Linton Vassell (England) 12-3, Bellator
8- Stephan Puetz (Germany) 9-1 M-1
9- Maxim Grishin (Russia) 17-6 IND
10- Mikkel Parlo (Denmark) 12-2 def. Johnny Cisneros 4/4 UNRANKED

Middleweight

1- Alexander Shlemenko (Russia) 50-7 Bellator UP 1
2- Michael Bisping (England) 24-5, UFC lost to Tim Kennedy 16/4 DOWN 1
3- Mamed Khalidov (Poland) 28-4-2, KSW
4- Gegard Mousasi (Armenia) 34-4-2 UFC
5- Frances Carmont (France) 22-8, UFC
6– Luke Barnatt (England) 7-0 UFC
7- Michal Materla (Poland) 20-4 KSW
8– Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (Russia) 23-2 M-1
9- Tom Watson (England) 16-6 UFC
10- Sultan Aliev (Russia) 11-2 IND NR

Welterweight

1- Tarec Saffiedine (Belgium) 15-3, UFC
2- Gunnar Nelson (Iceland) 11-0-1, UFC
3- Cathal Pendred (Ireland) 13-2-1, Cage Warriors
4- Nicholas Musoke (Sweden) 12-2 UFC
5- Adlan Amagov (Russia) 13-2-1, UFC
6- Gael Grimaud (France) 19-6, Cage Warriors
7- Nicolas Dalby (Denmark) 12-0 Cage Warriors
8– Paul Daley (England) 34-12-2 BAMMA
9– Andrey Koreshokov (Russia) 15-1 Bellator
10- Karl Amoussou (France) 17-6-2 Bellator def. David Gomez 18/4 UNRANKED

Lightweight

1- Khabib Nurmagomedov (Russia) 22-0, UFC def. Rafael dos Anjos 19/4
2- Rustam Khabilov (Russia) 17-1, UFC
3- Alexander Sarnavskiy (Russia) 26-2 IND
4- Ross Pearson (England) 15-6, UFC
5 – Marcin Held (Poland) 18-3 Bellator def. Derek Anderson 18/4 UP 5 
6- Ivan Buchinger (Slovakia) 26-4 M-1 def. Sergey Golyaev 4/4 UP 2
7- Musa Khamanaev (Russia) 13-3, M-1 DOWN 2
8- Norman Parke (Northern Ireland) 19-2-1 UFC DOWN 2
9- Piotr Hallmann (Poland) 14-2 UFC DOWN 1
10- Mansour Barnaoui (France) 11-2 BAMMA DOWN 1

Featherweight

1- Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (Russia) 21-5, Bellator def. Mike Richman 4/4 UP 2
2- Conor McGregor (Ireland) 14-2, 10-1 UFC
3- Tom Niinimaki (Finland) 21-5-1 UFC
4- Marat Gafurov (Ukraine) 9-0 M-1 NR def. Lee Morrison 4/4 UNRANKED
5- Shabulat Shamhalaev (Russia) 12-2-1, Bellator
6- Daniel Weichel (Germany) 33-8, Bellator
7- Joni Salovaara (Finland) 14-7 IND
8- Sergei Greicho (Lithuania) 15-5-1 OC
9- Niklas Backstrom (Sweden) 7-0 IND
10- Robert Whiteford (Scotland) 11-2 UFC

* Dennis Siver removed from rankings due to PED ban.

Bantamweight

1- Vaughan Lee (England) 14-9-1 UFC
2- Brett Johns (Wales) 10-0, Cage Warriors © def. James Brum 12/4
3- Ronnie Mann (England) 23-6-1 Cage Warriors UP 1
4- Cory Tait (England) 8-2 Cage Warriors UP 1
5- Timo-Juhan Hirvikangas (Finland) 8-2 Cage FC def. Tymoteusz Swiatek 5/4 UP 1
6- James Brum (England) 14-2, Cage Warriors lost to Brett Johns 12/4 DOWN 3
7- Sirwan Kakai (sweden) 9-2, IND UP 1
8- David Haggstrom (Sweden) 7-2-1 IND UP 1
9- Toni Tauru (Finland) 9-1-1 Cage Warriors UP 1
10- Magomed Biboulatov (France) 5-0 IND UNRANKED

* Martin McDonough now a Flyweight

Flyweight

1- Ali Bagautinov (Russia) 13-2 UFC
2- Brad Pickett (England) 24-8 UFC
3- Pietro Menga (England) 11-0 FCC ©
4- Marcin Lasota (Poland) 8-0 Cage Warriors
5- Neil Seery (Ireland) 13-10 UFC
6- Shaj Haque (England) 4-1 Cage Warriors def. Martin McDonough 12/4 UP 1
6- Mikael Silander (Finland) 10-3 The Cage def. Daniel Barez 5/4
7- Rany Saadeh (Germany) 6-1 BAMMA def. Mahmood Besharate 5/4 UNRANKED
8- Kairat Akhmetov (Kazakhstan) IND UNRANKED
9- Kevin Petshi (France) 5-0 IND def. Victor Balica 4/4
10- Phil Harris (England) 22-12 Cage Warriors DOWN 2

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
6- Milana Dudieva (Russia) 8-3 ProFC
7- Maria Hoegaard Djursa (Denmark) 5-4 IND
8- Shiela Gaff (Germany) 10-6-1 UFC
9- Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (Poland) 6-0 Cage Warriors def. Gemma Hewitt 12/4 UNRANKED
10- Pannie Kianzad (Sweden) 4-0 IND DOWN 1

 

 

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KUMITE European MMA Rankings, March 2014

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It’s been a huge month for European MMA, from UFC Fight Night London and a busy Cage Warriors schedule to the debut of Europa MMA. The rankings have certainly been shaken in several divisions, so let’s take a look.

Heavyweight

1- Alistair Overeem (Holland) 37-13 UFC
2- Vitaly Minakov (Russia) 13-0, Bellator
3- Andrei Arlovski (Belarus) 21-10, WSOF
4- Stefan Struve (Netherlands) 25-6 UFC
5- Cheick Kongo (France) 20-8-2 Bellator
6- Damian Grabowski (Poland) 19-1 KSW
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

Not a big month for the ranked fighters, but April will be huge with Minakov vs. Kongo on 4/4 and big bouts for Alexander Volkov and a host of potential contenders including Konstantin Erokhin, Blagoi Ivanov, Phil DeFries and Daniel Omielanczuk.

Light Heavyweight

1- Alexander Gustafsson (Sweden) 15-2, UFC defeated Jimi Manuwa 8/3
2- Jimi Manuwa (England) 14-1, UFC lost to Alexander Gustafsson 8/3
3- Attila Vegh (Slovakia) 29-5-2, Bellator lost to Emanuel Newton 21/3
4- Mikhail Zayats (Russia) 22-8, Bellator lost to Muhammed Lawal 28/2
5- Ilir Latifi (Sweden) 7-3 UFC defeared Cyrille Diabate 8/3 UP
6- Jan Blachowicz (Poland) 17-3, KSW
7- Linton Vassell (England) 12-3, Bellator UP1
8- Stephan Puetz (Germany) 9-1 M-1 defeated Viktor Nemkov on 14/3 NR
9- Maxim Grishin (Russia) 17-6 NR
10- Viktor Nemkov (Russia) 19-5 M-1 lost to DOWN3

Ilir Latifi was the big winner this month with his dominant win over the now retired Cyrille Diabate. Diabate’s loss and retirement allowed Maxim Grishin into the top ten, while Stephan Puetz enters at 8 thanks to his win over Viktor Nemkov who drops to tenth.

Next month sees big fights for Linton Vassell, Volkan Oezdemir and veteran Vladimir Matyshenko who could all improve their standing or enter the top ten.

Middleweight

1- Michael Bisping (England) 24-5, UFC
2- Alexander Shlemenko (Russia) 50-7 Bellator UP1 defeated Brennan Ward 28/3
3- Mamed Khalidov (Poland) 28-4-2, KSW DOWN 1
4- Gegard Mousasi (Armenia) 34-4-2 UFC
5- Frances Carmont (France) 22-8, UFC
6– Luke Barnatt (England) 7-0 UFC
7- Michal Materla (Poland) 20-4 KSW UP1 def. Jay Silva 22/3
8– Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (Russia) 23-2 M-1 DOWN1
9- Tom Watson (England) 16-6 UFC
10- Ramazan Emeev (Azerbaijan) 11-2 M-1

Wins for Shlemenko and Materla boost their stock a bit, while wins for Abu Azaitar and Norman Paraisy at Cage Warriors push them closer to the top ten.

Big fights for Michael Bisping, Mikkel Parlo and Max Nunes to come in April.

Welterweight

1- Tarec Saffiedine (Belgium) 15-3, UFC
2- Gunnar Nelson (Iceland) 11-0-1, UFC
3- Cathal Pendred (Ireland) 13-2-1, Cage Warriors
4- Nicholas Musoke (Sweden) 12-2 UFC
5- Adlan Amagov (Russia) 13-2-1, UFC
6- Gael Grimaud (France) 19-6, Cage Warriors
7- Nicolas Dalby (Denmark) 12-0 Cage Warriors def. Sergeo Churilov 22/3
8– Paul Daley (England) 34-12-2 BAMMA
9– Andrey Koreshokov (Russia) 15-1 Bellator
10- Jim Wallhead (England) 25-8 Cage Warriors

Aslambek Saidov drop out to accommodate Andrey Koreshkov after a big win, but otherwise a quiet month for the top of the division.

With Koreshokov, Saidov and Ali Arish all in action next month, there could well be more movement.

Lightweight

1- Khabib Nurmagomedov (Russia) 21-0, UFC
2- Rustam Khabilov (Russia) 17-1, UFC
3- Alexander Sarnavskiy (Russia) 26-2 IND
4- Ross Pearson (England) 15-6, UFC
5- Musa Khamanaev (Russia) 13-3, M-1
6- Norman Parke (Northern Ireland) 19-2-1 UFC Majority Draw with Leo Santos 23/3
7- Ivan Buchinger (Slovakia) 25-4 Cage Warriors
8- Piotr Hallmann (Poland) 14-2 UFC
9- Mansour Barnaoui (France) 11-2 BAMMA
10- Marcin Held (Poland) 17-3 Bellator NR

Ramazan Esenbaev drops out to accommodate the rejuvenated Marcin Held but has a fight on 5th April to possibly sneak back in. Khabib Nurmagomediv has a big match on 19th April and Held has another Bellator tournament bout on the 18th. Elsewhere, Ivan Buchinger, David Khachatryan and Colin Fletcher are all in action throughout the month.

Featherweight

1- Dennis Siver (Germany) 22-9, UFC
2- Conor McGregor (Ireland) 14-2, 10-1 UFC
3- Tom Niinimaki (Finland) 21-5-1 UFC
4- Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (Russia) 21-5, Bellator
5- Shabulat Shamhalaev (Russia) 12-2-1, Bellator
6- Daniel Weichel (Germany) 33-8, Bellator NR defeated Matt Bessette 28/3
7- Joni Salovaara (Finland) 14-7 IND DOWN 1
8- Sergei Greicho (Lithuania) 15-5-1 OC
9- Niklas Backstrom (Sweden) 7-0 IND NR defeated Max Coga 22/3
10- Robert Whiteford (Scotland) 11-2 UFC NR defeated Daniel Pineda 15/3

Chris Fishgold, Akira Corassani and Marat Gafurov drop out due to big wins for Weichel, Whiteford and Backstrom while victories for Alexey Butorin, Martin Svensson and teddy Vilet push them into contention.

May sees big fights for Magmomedrasul Khasbulaev, Corassani, Gafurov and Tom Duquesnoy

Bantamweight

1- Vaughan Lee (England) 14-9-1 UFC NR def. Nam Phan 1/3
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- Cory Tait (England) 8-2 Cage Warriors
6- Timo-Juhan Hirvikangas (Finland) 8-2 Cage FC
7- Martin McDonough (Wales) 11-4, Cage Warriors
8- Sirwan Kakai (sweden) 9-2, IND
9- David Haggstrom (Sweden) 7-2-1 IND
10- Toni Tauru (Finland) 9-1-1 NR Cage Warriors

Brad Pickett’s drop to Flyweight opens a whole at the top which is swiftly filled by Vaughan Lee after a stunning win over Nam Phan. Toni Tauru enters the rankings after his dominant performance on Cage Warriors.

April promises movement at the top with Brett Johns vs. James Brum and a fight for Timo Hirvikangas.

Flyweight

1- Ali Bagautinov (Russia) 13-2 UFC
2- Brad Pickett (England) 24-8 UFC NR defeated Neil Seery 8/3
3- Pietro Menga (England) 11-0 FCC © UP 1 defeated Sotir Kichukov 22/3
4- Marcin Lasota (Poland) 8-0 NR Cage Warriors defeated Paul Marin 28/3
5- Neil Seery (Ireland) 13-10 UFC DOWN 3 lost to Brad Pickett 8/3
6- Mikael Silander (Finaland) 8-3 IND DOWN 1
7- Shaj Haque (England) 4-1 Cage Warriors
8- Phil Harris (England) 22-12 UFC DOWN 5 lost to Louis Gaudinot 8/3
9- Paul Marin (Romania) 7-4, Cage Warriors DOWN 2 lost to Marcin Lasota 28/3
10- Paul McVeigh (Northern Ireland) 19-8 Cage Warriors DOWN 2

Very intense month for the division, with Brad Pickett and Marcin Lasota earning big wins and with Silander, Saadeh, Haque and Martin McDonough all in action

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
6- Milana Dudieva (Russia) 8-3 ProFC
7- Maria Hoegaard Djursa (Denmark) 5-4 IND
8- Shiela Gaff (Germany) 10-6-1 UFC
9- Pannie Kianzad (Sweden) 4-0 IND
10- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (Poland) 4-0 IND

It’s been a quiet month for the girls, with Lena Tkhorevska and Kamila Porczyk earning wins but not yet being enough to crack the rankings. Expect things to speed up once Invicta comes back into action.

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- England – 113pts UP 1
2- Russia – 110pts DOWN 1
3- Poland – 34pts UP 3
4- Sweden – 32pts UP 3
5- Finland – 31pts DOWN 2
6- Ireland – 29pts DOWN 3
7- Netherlands – 26pts DOWN 2
8- France – 23pts –
9- Germany – 21pts –
10- Wales – 13pts DOWN 1

 

KUMITE European MMA Rankings, February 2014

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A few significant cards on show with the UFC and Cage Warriors back in action and offerings from M-1 and Cage meaning theres quite a lot of movement this month…

Heavyweight

1- Alistair Overeem (Holland) 37-13 UFC def. Frank Mir 1st February ^5
2- Vitaly Minakov (Russia) 13-0, Bellator v1
3- Andrei Arlovski (Belarus) 21-10, WSOF v1
4- Stefan Struve (Netherlands) 25-6, UFC v1
5- Cheick Kongo (France) 20-8-2, Bellator v1
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

Ubereem returns to the top tanked position following his impressive win over Frank Mir. March promises a few significant fights with Alexander Volkov looking to climb back towards the top against Mark Holata, while Konstantin Erokin, Michal Kita and Blagoi Ivanov all have chances to move towards the top ten.

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- Jan Blachowicz (Poland) 17-3, KSW ^1
6- Victor Nemkov (Russia) 19-4, M-1 ^1
7- Linton Vassell (England) 12-3, Bellator ^1
8- Jason Jones (Netherlands) 20-10, BAMMA ^1
9- Cyrille Diabate (France) 19-9, UFC ^1
10- Ilir Latifi (Sweden) 7-3 UFC NR

The only movement this month sees Gegard Mousasi move to Middleweight, allowing Ilir Latifi into the top ten. March will be a huge month for this division with four ranked fighters competing at UFC London and Attila Vegh defending his Bellator title against Emanuele Newton while Mikhail Zayats faces King Mo on Friday.

Middleweight

1- Michael Bisping (England) 24-5, UFC
2- Mamed Khalidov (Poland) 28-4-2, KSW
3- Alexander Shlemenko (Russia) 49-7 IND ^1
4- Gegard Mousasi (Armenia) 34-4-2 UFC NR – comes down from Middleweight – lost to Lyoto Machida 15th February
5- Frances Carmont (France) 22-8, UFC v2 lost to Ronaldo Souza on 15th February
6 – Luke Barnatt (England) 7-0 UFC v1
7 – Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (Russia) 23-2 M-1 v1
8 – Michal Materla (Poland) 19-4 KSW v1
9 – Tom Watson (England) 16-6 UFC v1
10 – Ramazan Emeev (Azerbaijan) 11-2 M-1 v1

All the movement comes from Carmont’s loss to Jacare and Mousasi being back in the division. Faycal Hucin drops out due to Mousasi’s arrival and March sees Shlemenko, Barnatt, Materla and contenders Tomas Drwal and Mats Nilsson in action so a lot can change.

Welterweight

1- Tarec Saffiedine (Belgium) 15-3, UFC
2- Gunnar Nelson (Iceland) 11-0-1, UFC ^1
3- Cathal Pendred (Ireland) 13-2-1, Cage Warriors ^1
4- Nicholas Musoke (Sweden) 12-2 UFC NR – def. Viscardi Andrade on 15th February
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

I’ve unranked Martin Kampmann due to his self imposed hiatus, with his place taken by Niko Musoke after his impressive away victory on the recent UFC card in Brasil.

Lightweight

1- Khabib Nurmagomedov (Russia) 21-0, UFC
2- Rustam Khabilov (Russia) 17-1, UFC
3- Alexander Sarnavskiy (Russia) 26-2 IND
4- Ross Pearson (England) 15-6, UFC
5- Musa Khamanaev (Russia) 13-3, M-1
6- Norman Parke (Northern Ireland) 19-2 UFC
7- Ivan Buchinger (Slovakia) 25-4 Cage Warriors
8- Piotr Hallmann (Poland) 14-2 UFC
9- Mansour Barnaoui (France) 11-2 BAMMA
10- Ramazan Esenbaev (Russia) 6-1 IND

Slow month for the division, but March sees Mairbek Taisumov, Marcin Held and Daniel Weichel with opportunities to climb the ladder.

Featherweight

1- Dennis Siver (Germany) 22-9, UFC
2- Conor McGregor (Ireland) 14-2, 10-1 UFC
3 – Tom Niinimaki (Finland) 21-5-1 UFC
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

Quiet month for the top ten with no fighters active. Wins for Max Coga and Zubaira Tukhugov push them closer to the top ten, while March sees Robert Whiteford and Artem Lobov with great opportunities to code the distance as well.

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- Cory Tait (England) 8-2 Cage Warriors NR def. James Pennington, 15th February
6- Timo-Juhan Hirbokangas (Finland) 8-2 Cage FC V1
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) 16-4-1 IND

Cory Tait’s win over James Pennington jumps him to fifth in the rankings, while Pennington drops out. March sees Vaughan Lee, Davey Grant and Damien Rooney all in big matches with prospects of being ranked next time round.

Flyweight

1- Ali Bagautinov (Russia) 13-2 UFC def. John Lineker on 1st February
2- Neil Seery (Ireland) 13-9 Cage Warriors ©
3- Phil Harris (England) 22-11 UFC
4- Pietro Menga (England) 10-0 FCC ©
5- Mikael Silander (Finaland) 8-3 IND def. Tony Caizedo 15th February ^2
6- Paul Marin (Romania) 7-3, Cage Warriors v1
7- Shaj Haque (England) 4-1 Cage Warriors v1
8- Paul McVeigh (Northern Ireland) 19-8 Cage Warriors
9- Chris Miah (England) 5-0 IND
10- Kairat Akhmetov (Kazakhstan) 7-0 IND NR

Baguatinov extends his lead as Europe’s #1 Flyweight with his win over John Lineker while Mikael Silander gets back in the win column at Cage.

Phil Harris has a huge match next month against Louis Gaudinot and we live in hope that Neil Seery will get the call to face Ian McCall.

I realised I completed neglected Kairat Akhmetov last month, so he’s been elevated into the top ten at the expense of Rany Saadeh.

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
6- Milana Dudieva (Russia) 8-3 ProFC
7- Maria Hoegaard Djursa (Denmark) 5-4 IND
8- Shiela Gaff (Germany) 10-6-1 UFC
9- Pannie Kianzad (Sweden) 4-0 IND
10- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (Poland) 4-0 IND
No action from ranked fighters means no movement but I have to give a nod to Laura Howarth who definitely stepped closer to contention with her gritty win over Amanda Kelly at Cage Warriors 64.

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 – 104 pts
3= Finland – 32 pts
3= Ireland – 32 pts
5 – Netherlands – 29 pts ^2
6 – Poland – 28 pts V1
7 – Sweden – 27 pts ^1
8 – France – 21 pts V1
9= Germany – 13 pts ^1
9= Wales – 13 pts NR

 

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.

European MMA Rankings, November 2013

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Following an offhand Twitter comment from Cage Warriors’ Paul Dollery, we thought that European rankings might be a fun thing to have a crack at, being definitely more interesting (and more work) than UFC or world rankings (which are in some divisions almost the same thing.)

We’ve assembled these rankings based on a ‘what have you done for me lately’ premise, rewarding good form over reputation, largely concentrating on a fighter’s record over the last three years.

Wins by stoppage, over name opposition in bouts of consequence are weighted most heavily, with a narrow, competitive loss to a quality fighter often being worth more than three wins over horridly outclassed opposition.

For us, is who you fight and how that matters most, not the cold win/loss record…

Let’s get into it…

Legend –

The information at each fighter record is
#Ranking- Fighter Name (Nation) overall record, record in last three years, promotion (biggest/most recent wins)

Heavyweight

1- Vitaly Minakov (Russia) 13-0, 10-0 Bellator (Alexander Volkov, Ryan Martinez)
2- Stefan Struve (Netherlands) 25-6, 5-2 UFC (Stipe Miocic, Pat Barry)
3- Cheick Kongo (France) 20-8-2, 5-2 Bellator (Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry, Shan Jordan)
4- Alistair Overeem (netherlands) 36-13, 3-2 UFC (Brock Lesnar)
5- Andrei Arlovski (Belarus) 20-10, 5-2 WSOF (Mike Kyle, Mike Hayes)
6- Alexander Volkov (Russia) 19-4, 10-2 Bellator (Rich Hale, Vinicious Spartan, Brett Rogers)
7- Alexey Oleinik (Ukraine) 53-9-1, 10-2 IND (Mirko Filipovic, Jeff Monson, Dion Staring)
8- Damian Grabowski (Poland) 18-1, 5-0 IND (Stave Economou, Dave Huckaba)
9- Magomed Malikov (Russia) 7-2, 5-2 M-1 (Jeff Monson, Aleksandr Emelianenko, Alexey Oleinik)
10- Sergei Kharitonov (Russia) 21-6, 4-1, IND (Andrei Arlovski)

Light Heavyweight

1- Alexander Gustafsson (Sweden) 15-2, 5-1 UFC (Shogun Rua, Thiago Silva)
2- Jimi Manuwa (England) 14-0, 5-0 UFC (Ryan Jimmo, Cyrille Diabate)
3- Attila Vegh (Slovakia) 29-4-2, 9-0-1 Bellator (Christian M’Pumbu, Emanuel Newton, Zelg Galesic, Travis Wiuff)
4- Mikhail Zayats (Russia) 22-7 , 10-2 Bellator (Renato Sobral)
5- Gegard Mousasi (Armenia) 34-3-2, 4-0-1 UFC (Mike Kyle, Ovince St-Preux) *returning to Middleweight in February,
6- Jan Blachowicz (Poland) 17-3, 5-1 KSW (Goran Reljic, Houston Alexander, Rameu Thierry Sokoudjou)
7- Victor Nemkov (Russia) 19-4, 10-1 M-1 (Vasily Babich)
8- Linton Vassell (England) 12-3, 7-0 Bellator (Zelg Galesic)
9- Jason Jones (Netherlands) 20-10, 5-1 BAMMA (Max Nunes, Tatsuya Mizuno, Przemyslaw Mysiala)
10- Cyrille Diabate (France) 19-9, 3-2 UFC (Chad Griggs)

Middleweight

1- Michael Bisping (England) 24-5, 4-2 UFC (Alan Belcher, Brian Stann)
2- Frances Carmont (France) 22-7, 9-0 UFC (Costa Phillipou, Lorenz Larkin, Tom Lawlor)
3- Alexander Shlemenko (Russia) 49-7, 11-0 Bellator (Doug Marshall, Brett Cooper)
4- Mamed Khalidov (Poland) 27-4-2, 7-0 KSW (Melvin Manhoef, Kendall Grove, Jesse Taylor)
5 – Luke Barnatt (England) 7-0, 7-0 UFC (Andrew Craig)
6 – Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (Russia) 23-2, 13-1 M-1 (Trevpr Prangley)
7- Michal Materla (Poland) 19-4, 6-1 KSW (Kendall Grove, Matt Horwich)
8- Tom Watson (England) 16-6, 3-2 UFC (Stanislav Nedkov, Jack Marshman)
9- Ramazan Emeev (Azerbaijan) 11-2, 8-0 M-1 (Mario Miranda)
10- Nicolas Musoke (Sweden) 11-2, 7-1 UFC (Alessio Sakara) *returning to Welterweight 

Welterweight

1- Tarec Saffiedine (Belgium) 14-3, 4-1 UFC (Nate Marquardt)
2- Martin Kampmann (Denmark) 20-7, 3-3 UFC (Jake Ellenberger, Thiago Alves, Rick Story)
3- Gunnar Nelson (Iceland) 11-0-1, 3-0 UFC (Jorge Santiago, Damarques Johnson)
4- Cathal Pendred (Ireland) 13-2-1, 8-1-1 Cage Warriors (Che Mills, Gael Grimaud)
5- Adlan Amagov (Russia) 13-2-1, 6-1 UFC (TJ Waldburger)
6- Andrey Koreshokov (Russia) 13-1, 12-1 Bellator (Lyman Good, Marius Zaromskis)
7- John Hathaway (England) 17-1, 3-0 UFC (John Maguire, Pascal Krauss)
8- Rashid Magomedov (Russia) 12-1, 6-0 IND (Alexander Yakovlev)
9- Gael Grimaud (France) 19-6, 10-2 Cage Warriors (Jesse Taylor, Bruno Carvalho)
10- Nicolas Dalby (Denmark) 11-0 7-0 Cage Warriors (Morten Djursaa)

Lightweight

1- Khabib Nurmagomedov (Russia) 21-0, 12-0 UFC (Pat Healy, Gleison Tibau)
2- Rustam Khabilov (Russia) 17-1, 6-1 UFC (Jorge Masvidal)
3- Alexander Sarnavskiy (Russia) 25-2 Bellator (Ricardo Tirloni, Marcus Davis)
4- Ross Pearson (England) 15-6, 4-2 UFC (George Sotiropolos)
5- Musa Khamanaev (Russia) 13-3, 8-1 M-1 (Daniel Weichel)
6- Norman Parke (Norther Ireland) 19-2, 5-0 UFC (Jon Tuck, Colin Fletcher)
7- Steven Ray (Scotland) 14-4, 10-3 Cage Warriors © (Jason Ball, Sean Carter)
8- Piotr Hallmann (Poland) 14-2, 10-1 UFC (Francisco Trinaldo)
9- Marcin Held (Poland) 16-3, 6-2 Bellator (Rich Clementi)
10- Ivan Buchinger (Slovakia) 24-4, 8-2 Cage Warriors (Jason Ball, Diego Gonzalez)

Featherweight

1- Conor McGregor (Ireland) 14-2, 10-1 UFC (Ivan Buchinger, Max Holloway)
2- Dennis Siver (Germany) 21-9, 4-2 UFC (Diego Nunes, Nam Phan)
3- Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (Russia) 21-5, 11-1 Bellator (Mike Richman, Marlon Sandro)
4- Tom Niinimaki (Finland) 20-5-1, 6-0 Cage FC (Walel Watson, Chase Beebe)
5- Shabulat Shamhalaev (Russia) 12-2-1, 6-1-1 Bellator (Mike Richman)
6- Joni Salovaara (Finland) 14-7 7-2 IND (Olivier Pastor, Chase Beebe)
7- Graham Turner (Scotland) 23-7, 7-1 Cage Warriors (Nad Narimani, Fouad Mesdari, Nathan Beer)
8- Sergei Greicho (Lithuania) 15-5-1, 8-2 OC (Joni Salovaara, Olivier Pastor)
9 – Niklas Backstrom (Sweden) 6-0, 4-0 IND (Sergeio Greicho)
10 – Akira Corassani (Sweden) 11-3, 2-1 UFC (Robbie Peralta)

Bantamweight

1- Brad Pickett (England) 23-8, 4-3 UFC (Mike Easton, Yves Jabouin)
2- Brett Johns (Wales) 8-0, 8-0 Cage Warriors © (David Haggstrom)
3- James Brum (England) 13-2, 9-2 Cage Warriors (Olivier Pastor, Moktar Benkaci)
4- Timo-Juhan Hirbokangas (Finland) 8-2, 7-1 Cage FC (Niko Gjoka, Artemij Sitenkov)
5- David Aranda Santacana (Spain) 9-0, 3-0 IND (Olivier Pastor, James Doolan)
6- James Pennington (England) 9-1, 7-1 Cage Warriors (Kris Edwards, James Doolan)
7- Martin McDonough (Wales) 11-4, 6-2 Cage Warriors (Alex Enlund, Stee McCombe)
8- Sirwan Kakai (sweden) 9-2, 5-1 IND (Jose Luis Zapater, James Doolan)
9- David Haggstrom (Sweden) 7-2-1, 3-2 IND (Artemij Sitenkov, James Doolan)
10- Cory Tait (England) 7-2, 5-2 UCMMA (Spencer Hewitt, Nathan Beer)

Flyweight

1- Ali Bagautinov (Russia) 12-2, 10-2 UFC (Tim Elliot)
2- Neil Seery (Ireland) 13-9, 5-1 Cage Warriors © (Mikael Silander)
3- Phil Harris (England) 22-11, 3-2 UFC (Ulysses Gomez, Neil Seery)
4- Pietro Menga (England) 10-0, 10-0 FCC © (Artemij Sitenkov)
5- Mikael Silander (Finaland) 8-3, 7-3 IND (Wade Choate)
6- Paul McVeigh (Northern Ireland) 19-8, 2-2, Cage Warriors (Paul Marin)
7- Paul Marin (Romania) 6-3, 6-3 Cage Warriors (Shaj Haque)
8- Shaj Haque (England) 3-1, 3-1 Cage Warriors (Kris Edwards)
9- Steve McCombe (Northern Ireland) 19-21-1, 6-7 IND (Scott Pooley)
10- Scott Pooley (England) 6-4-1, 3-1 SnA (Kris Edwards, Martin McDonough)

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- Marloes Coenen (Netherlands) 21-6, 3-2 Invicta FC (Romy Ruyssen, Liz Carmouche)
2- Katja Kankaanpaa (Finland) 8-0-1, 5-0-1 Invicta FC (Aisling Daly)
3- Joanne Calderwood (Scotland) 7-0, 7-0 Invicta FC (Asjley Cummins, Sally Krumdiack)
4- Rosi Sexton (England) 13-4, 3-2 UFC (Aisling Daly, Roxanne Modafferi)
5- Milana Dudieva (Russia) 8-3, 3-2 ProFC (Danielle West, Sheila Gaff)
6- Maria Hoegaard Djursa (Denmark) 5-4, 3-0 IND (Alexandra Buch)
7- Shiela Gaff (Germany) 10-6-1, 3-3 UFC (Jennifer Maia, Aisling Daly)
8- Pannie Kianzad (Sweden) 4-0, 4-0 IND (Milana Dudieva)
9- Aisling Daly (Ireland) 12-5, 4-4 Cage Warriors (Jessica Eye)
10- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (Poland) 4-0, 4-0 (Julia Berezikova)

In the interests of amusement, I decided to tally up the totals per nation, awarding points in reverse order (10pts for a first place ranking, 1pt for a 10th place ranking) just to see which nation in Europe is the most awesome at MMA right now.

European National Rankings

1 – Russia – 119 pts
2 – England – 92 pts
3 – Finland – 34 pts
4 = Ireland – 28pts
4 = Netherlands – 28pts
6 = Poland – 25pts
7 = Sweden – 21 pts
8 = France – 20 pts
9 = Scotland – 16 pts
10 = Denmark – 15 pts

We here at Kumite welcome our new Russian overlords…