Latest UFC/MMA rankings (Middleweight), July 2014: Lyoto Machida climbs to No. 2 spot thanks to gritty loss

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Hespect! Following another insane month of televised cagefighting, the SB Nation combat sports brain trust was compelled to tally votes and come up with the 10 best 185-pound fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) today. Have a look below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) helped reshuffle the 185-pound rankings in the wake of its flurry of events (six) between UFC Fight Night 42 in early June and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale last weekend, the marquee match of the lot a Middleweight championship that featured division champion Chris Weidman against former Light Heavyweight kingpin, Lyoto Machida.

And not top-ranked contender Vitor Belfort, who had to pull his name from the UFC 175 hat because he is weening himself of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). He is also currently unlicensed to compete in the United States, which is the reason he is not included on this latest rankings list.

Even if he is penciled in to take on "All American" next ... maybe.

That left room for someone to creep into the top 10 this month, C.B. Dollaway, who has won back-to-back matches and four of his last five appearances.

Let's take a closer look at the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) Middleweight field, sorted by the SB Nation rankings panel -- compiled by, MMA Fighting and Bloody Elbow -- to close out the months of June/July:


1. Chris Weidman
2. Lyoto Machida
3. Ronaldo Souza
4. Anderson Silva
5. Luke Rockhold
6. Tim Kennedy
6. Gegard Mousasi
8. Yushin Okami
9. Michael Bisping
10. C.B. Dollaway

To see how this list compares to the "official" UFC rankings click here.


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