Vitor Belfort Makes It Official, Leaves His Gloves In The Octagon

UFC 224 Results: Lyoto Machida Lands Front Kick KO and Sends Off Vitor Belfort

UFC 224 Results: Lyoto Machida Lands Front Kick KO and Sends Off Vitor Belfort

And it was 39-year old Machida who emerged victorious courtesy of a stunning front kick that sent compatriot Belfort into retirement in round two.

Belfort was out immediately, and Machida was all class in the aftermath.

The action took place as the opening fight on the UFC 224 pay-per-view (PPV) main card. Belfort was knocked out in the exact same way and fashion against The Spider. I would like this fight because Michael Bisping is a former champion, and this is a fight that could happen in the future. He lost the bout via a blistering front-kick knockout, but at least he got to go out in front of his hometown fans and against a man for whom he has a lot of respect.

"I want to thank my team". Entering that fight, Belfort had dropped four of his previous five bouts beginning with his title fight loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 187, and it's been painfully clear for quite some time that the Brazilian no longer possesses the tools that once made him a feared knockout artist. Bisping has also shot down a few potential opponents because he said he doesn't want bad blood with a heated rival to make his final fight camp an emotional and unpleasant experience.

The knockout was reminiscent of Anderson Silva's famous finish of Belfort in 2011. I would like to fight Michael Bisping. "I will stop fighting here because I think I reached the end".

In the second round both fighters came out circling the center of the octagon again for only 10 to 15 seconds when Lyoto Machida starting turning his leg as if he was going to throw a front high kick, and out of nowhere he threw a front kick with his back leg straight to Vitor Belfort's chin, knocking him out.

"And I think it's time for me to take care of my family and my endeavours. Before you retire, you've got to fight me first".

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