GLORY Kickboxing recently updated its rankings, and some changes were made in the light heavyweight weight category (95 kg).
Ariel Machado from Brazil previously was the number one contender. Machado, who fought earlier this year at heavyweight at a WGP Kickboxing event in Brazil, is no longer ranked by the organization as a light heavyweight. The new number one rated contender is Michael Duut of the Netherlands.
Duut is known for his toughness and exciting fights, but his overall ledger as a GLORY fighter is average at best. The fighter has only won 6 out of 12 bouts in the GLORY organization, and he’s lost by TKO or KO five times. The most impressive win on his resume during his stint with GLORY is probably a decision win over Danyo Ilunga, a loss Ilunga avenged with a third round stoppage win at GLORY 49.
Following Duut at number two is Donegi Abena of the Netherlands, followed by Brazil’s Felipe Micheletti. Micheletti successfully debuted at GLORY 60 with a TKO win over fifth ranked Zinedine Hameur-Lein. Former Enfusion heavyweight champion Luis Tavares is rated number four.
The GLORY light heavyweight title is currently held by Artem Vakhitov of Russia, who outpointed former contender Ilunga by controversial decision at GLORY 56 to retain his title in August.
Former interim champion Pavel Zhuravlev is no longer ranked in the 95 kg category. Kickboxing Z emailed a GLORY representative to inquire regarding Zhuravlev’s status with the organization but has yet to receive a response.