Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Lyoto Machida Front-Kick KO's Vitor Belfort At UFC 224

Lyoto Machida Front-Kick KO's Vitor Belfort At UFC 224

At UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday, Vitor Belfort expected to head off into retirement. And I think I have come to an end.

In any case, Machida's finish of Belfort was stunning.

Machida, 39, did not follow up with punches after the kick, as Belfort was clearly out.

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If there was ever a ideal place for Vitor Belfort to retire, then his homeland of Brazil would be the place he would have liked to end his professional career.

It was also a mirror image of the kick that Anderson Silva used to knock Belfort out at UFC 126.

Secondly, the make-up of this card is pretty much identical to the May pay-per-view offerings from 2010 (UFC 113) and significantly better than the final main card lineup from 2011 (UFC 130), the last two years before the UFC's television deal with FOX kicked in, which is often held out as where things started to go south for the UFC.

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Dern is one of the most hyped prospects to arrive in the sport in some time - a 25-year-old, multi-time Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion with a ideal 6-0 record - and she's jumping back into the cage two months after her promotional debut in a tough contest against Amanda Cooper, a scrappy, more experienced fighter. I want to thank my family - I'm ok.

"I always use my legs to retire people", Machida said. I'm OK. I think everything in life has a beginning, middle and end.

Well, after the win, Machida repeated his call out of Michael Bisping. "I know it was a lot like the kick I got in Randy Couture when he retired, with the difference that his was right and that was left, so maybe it is the history repeating itself". I would like to fight Michael Bisping. This was most likely the last bout inside an Octagon for Belfort's 26-fight UFC career.

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Earth shaking. Not at all what Belofrt had hoped for - but perhaps this will convince the former light heavyweight champion, who first fought in the UFC at just 19 years old, that retirement is indeed the correct decision.

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