UFC 224: Lyoto Machida Reminds Folks & Michael Bisping His Kicks "Retire People"
May 14 2018
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (24-8 MMA) added another spectacular knockout to his highlight reel at last night's UFC 224 event in Brazil. This fight couldn't happen back in the day, so I think this is (now) a great matchup for both of us.
The first round saw more caution than action, with Belfort exploding once or twice but whiffing, and Machida running through his katas.
If there was ever a flawless place for Vitor Belfort to retire, then his homeland of Brazil would be the place he would have liked to end his professional career.
The two veterans opened the pay-per-view portion of the card, with Machida planting a powerful front kick to Belfort's chin a minute into the second round.
The knockout came from out of nowhere too, following a snoozefest first round, Machida's eye-watering kick to the jaw had the stadium in awe. I want this fight. It was similar to his front kick knockout of Randy Couture in 2011 and Belfort's infamous front kick knockout loss to Anderson Silva in 2011. The Brazilian legend was on the final fight of his UFC contract and is not expected to re-sign with the promotion. "It's time for me to take care of my family and endeavors". So, congratulations to Machida, and I'm leaving my gloves here. I think everything in life has a beginning middle and end.
Now 41, Belfort had memorable trilogies against Couture and Dan Henderson and fought a who's who of MMA stars including Tank Abbott, Chuck Lidell, Tito Ortiz, Alistair Overeem, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, Jacare and Gegard Mousasi.
Speaking via a translator, he said: "I have a lot of respect for Vitor Belfort". This was most likely the last bout inside an Octagon for Belfort's 26-fight UFC career.