Belfort landed first with body shots but Machida still stayed on the back foot. Belfort couldn't pick up the win in his final fight, though, as Machida pulled off a flashy finish to get his second win in his last couple of fights.
Former UFC champion Lyoto Machida knocked out Vitor Belfort in the second round of their middleweight fight at UFC 224 on Saturday, with a kick that brought back memories of their respective careers. I want to thank my family - I'm ok. I want this fight.
That all-too-familiar crane kick looked identical to the one he delivered to Randy Couture back at UFC 129, while Belfort was on the receiving end of a strikingly similar kick at UFC 126 against Anderson Silva for the middleweight championship which created one of the most iconic images the sport has seen.
"It's been a long ride, everything in life has a beginning, a middle and end". Leading up to the card, Belfort had said he planned to exit fighting, and after the loss, the star left his gloves in the cage to symbolically wrap up his career.
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.
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"I always use my legs to retire people", Machida said. I was looking for the right moment.
"Michael Bisping, I'm still waiting for you". And I think I have come to an end.
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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.