Is the reason RvR is not ranked on Liverkick primarily due to the method of ranking itself or is it him truly not being one of the top ten fighters in the world in this weight class? He's not listed there at featherweight, nor in his old weight class of lightweight. He apparently has to beat someone at featherweight who is already on the list, all or most of whom are fighting in Asia outside of Glory to be ranked. So he just disappeared off the rankings entirely I guess because he is unlikely to compete against those particular opponents? I know it's not easy to come up with a list without controversy, but this seems like one of the glaring omissions.
Abdellah Ezbiri is very talented based on what I saw in his recent Glory bouts and the fight from France this past weekend, which I guess he got paid well for. None of us are privy to the negotiations if there were any but hopefully he comes back to Glory in 2018 for more fights and a a title shot. Many of the European kickboxers seem to be able to come and go if they aren't one of the few under exclusive promotional contracts anywhere.
Most of the FW talent is in Asia, so even though RvR is clearly very elite he wasn't able to really prove it until he fought Petpanomrung and half the people who saw that fight thought Pet should have gotten the nod. Even then Pet has very limited experience with the ruleset and scoring. Glory could get their champion ranked #1 though if RvR fought Ezbiri, who is coming off a win over Noiri the K-1 champion.
This is a great comeback for a fighter who was TKO'd by Vitali Klitschko back in 2012 and since then has suffered some tough losses, was shot on the street in Germany back in 2015 and just came off serious hip replacement surgery.
Earlier today there was some confusion about the German nationality of the Lebanon born boxer who dedicated this fight to the country that took him in as a refugee. He confirmed his German nationality on social media though, effectively making him the first German HW Boxing champion since Max Schmeling.
The situation is a bit weird, because he is the WBA "regular" champion while Anthony Joshua is the "super" champion.
I feel as if I was watching a Glory US only HW tournament or something so far. Round 1 finishes because of quality of fighters.
It was effectively a four man tournament of an ok Glory contenders tournament level fighters with a round of Japan local crushing as a prelim. But hey, I'm not gonna complain about free KOs. Saving grace is that its over quickly and Plazibat does seem like a legit talent (though one that will need real competition).
Takei, Yamato and Koya looked good. Seems like the following are likely for March
Likely - Kubo Yuta vs Kimura Phillip Minoru - Wei Rui vs Urabe Koya - Hiramoto Ren vs Kaew WSR - Noiri Masaaki vs Yamato Tetsuya II - Takeru vs ??? (Takei? Winner of Saikyo Haruma vs Otaki?)
Possible - Chingiz Allazov vs Winner of Hinata vs Hirono Yu - Taiga vs Komiyama Kosuke
Kubo vs Kimura rematch should be good. Wei Rui vs Urabe would be awesome. Ren vs Kaew is a weird one, what weight would that happen at?
Not the most interesting card, but a few decent fights.
Koya vs Spectu is interesting. Both are guys who usually look good but occasionally get owned. Yamato vs Krush guy will be a good chance for both of them to catch the publics eye with a definitive win. Mini Zambo should bring the fireworks. Hopefully the HWs bring the concussive ultraviolence.