The Superfan's Unofficial Karate Combat Rankings | KC37 Update
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:

Bantamweight:

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

Lightweight:

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

Welterweight:

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

Middleweight:

  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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