Cage Pages' staff MMA rankings: July 2014

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Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Demetrious Johnson (red) reacts after defeating Ali Bagautinov (blue) in the flyweight title bout at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 14, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Demetrious Johnson (red) reacts after defeating Ali Bagautinov (blue) in the flyweight title bout at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Since the June rankings update, there have been four UFC events, one of which being a pay-per-view and the other three ‘Fight Night’ cards. Demetrious Johnson defended his flyweight title in impressive fashion, with the likes of Benson Henderson, Rory MacDonald, Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas and John Dodson solidifying their places as top 5 fighters in their respective divisions.

Elsewhere, Diego Sanchez won a highly controversial decision against Ross Pearson, Rafael dos Anjos got back to winning ways, Kelvin Gastelum continued his progress and Nate Marquardt bounced back from a three fight losing skid in his return to middleweight.

Soa Palelei and Hatsu Hioki suffered crushing defeats, with their respective opponents Jared Rosholt and Charles Oliveira emerging as potential top ranked fighters for their divisions in the near future. Ryan Bader silenced doubters with a solid win over Rafael Feijao, Andrei Arlovski returned to the UFC with a win over Brendan Schaub, Ovince St. Preux won his fourth UFC fight straight and Bryan Caraway put himself in the top 10 picture at 135lbs.

So, without further ado, here are the Cage Pages’ staff consensus MMA rankings for July 2014. Each of us have ranked our top 10 at flyweight, women’s bantamweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight, reaching a conclusion on who should be where in each division. All MMA promotions and their fighters have been considered. At the end of the article is our view on who the pound-for-pound best in the world are, which is a more subjective list than its predecessors.

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