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UFC fighter rankings: Machida moves ahead of Belfort to close out 2014

Not too many changes were made in the UFC's final rankings of 2014, but two winners from UFC Barueri made their debut in the top 15.

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For the final time this year, the UFC official rankings have been updated, and there weren't too many notable changes to be made. UFC Barueri didn't feature a lot of ranked fighters, although a couple of unranked winners from Saturday night ended up appearing on this list in Monday's update. At the top of the card, Renan Barao's win over Mitch Gagnon didn't affect the ranking of either man, but Lyoto Machida did see himself rise in the middleweight rankings with his destruction of C.B. Dollaway.

The full UFC rankings can be found here. Bloody Elbow's sole panelist is Fraser Coffeen.

Pound-for-Pound: Anthony Pettis is now top 5 in the P4P list while the oft-injured Cain Velasquez drops to 6th.

Women's Strawweight: Paige VanZant enters the top 10 while Heather Clark dips to 11th.

Flyweight: Dustin Ortiz goes up a notch to 12th, while Brad Pickett (whose next fight will be at bantamweight) slides to 13th. Wilson Reis is a new entrant as he rounds out the list.

Bantamweight: Erik Perez swaps spots with Alex Caceres and comes in at 12th.

Women's Bantamweight: No changes

Featherweight: The bulk of the changes are at 145. Hacran Dias gets ranked at 15th (removing Tatsuya Kawajiri from the list), Darren Elkins loses a spot and drops to 14th, while Max Holloway improves to 13th. Nik Lentz finishes the year ranked 8th while Dennis Siver is 9th.

Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez is back in the top 10 as Jim Miller is bumped down to 11th. Khabib Nurmagomedov, previously tied with Rafael dos Anjos for 1st, is now down to 2nd.

Welterweight: No changes

Middleweight: Lyoto Machida climbs to 3rd, bumping future title challenger Vitor Belfort to 4th.

Light Heavyweight: Patrick Cummins replaces Vitor Belfort at #15, while Dan Henderson drops to 9th below Ovince St. Preux.

Heavyweight: No changes

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