The Superfan's Unofficial Karate Combat Rankings - KC37 Update

The Superfan's Unofficial Karate Combat Rankings - KC37 Update

Including a Pound-for-Pound List of the Best Full-Contact Karatekas in the World
by Mac Tyson, 2022-12-26

After the Season 4 Finale, I created an unofficial fan ranking for each division and a P4P list for Men and Women's divisions. Karate Combat has since moved to a numbered format after KC35. After each event I update these rankings.

These are the Post-KC37 Rankings:


  1. Eoghan Chelmiah (C)
  2. Jesus Lopez
  3. Myrza-Bek Tebuev
  4. Abdessalam Ameknassi
  5. Gabriel Stankunas
  6. Ilies Mardhi


  1. Luiz Rocha (C)
  2. Edgars Skrivers
  3. Gabriel Varga
  4. Bruno Roberto de Assis
  5. Vitalie Certan
  6. Lazar Kukuličić


  1. Josh Quayhagen (C)
  2. Rafael Aghayev (IC)
  3. Vasili Antokhii
  4. Fernando Moreno Paz
  5. Nikita Yanchuck
  6. Kenji Grillon


  1. Ross Levine (C)
  2. Raymond Daniels
  3. Shahin Atamov
  4. Igor De Castañeda
  5. Franklin Mina
  6. Sasha Palatnikov

Men’s P4P:

  1. Luiz Rocha
  2. Josh Quayhagen
  3. Ross Levine
  4. Rafael Aghayev
  5. Edgars Skrivers
  6. Eoghan Chelmiah

Women's P4P:

  1. Omaira Molina
  2. Christina Kavakopoulou
  3. Sthefanie Oliveira
  4. Fabiola Esquivel
  5. Ana Luiza Ferreira

Explaining the Rank Changes Post-KC37

At Karate Combat 37, Rafael Aghayev and Raymond Daniels fought for the Interim Welterweight Championship. It had some of the highest-level Karate action seen in the Pit so far. After 5 rounds, Rafael Aghayev stood the victor, gaining not only the Interim Title but the #2 Welterweight and #4 P4P Ranking as well.

Raymond Daniels retains his #2 Middleweight Ranking. At this time there is no indication if he will continue to fight at Welterweight or return to Middleweight.

Since losing to Myzra-Bek Tebuev, Jesus Lopez has picked up a win and had a controversial decision loss to the Champion Eoghan Chelmiah.

Many fans believe that Jesus is the rightful Champion. Both fighters have verbally agreed to a rematch. For these reasons as well as Tebuev's inactivity, Jesus Lopez takes the #2 Bantamweight ranking.

Gabriel Stankunas enters the Bantamweight rankings at #5, with a unanimous decision victory over Maximo Nunez.

Sasha Palatnikov vs Rob Buxton was a Cobra Kai matchup brought to life. While Buxton fought admirably, it was ultimately the former UFC Fighter Palatnikov that won via vicious TKO. Earning him the #6 Middleweight Ranking.


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