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Lyoto Machida scores 2nd-round KO of Vitor Belfort, who then retires

14 May, 2018, 20:43 | Author: Delia Walker
  • UFC 224 Results: Lyoto Machida Lands Front Kick KO and Sends Off Vitor Belfort

Machida needed less than two full rounds to finish his fellow countrymen with a nasty head-kick that put an end to Belfort's night, closing the final chapter of a UFC career that's had more than its share of unexpected ups and downs. And when it comes to sending veterans into retirement via a hellacious front kick, Lyoto Machida is hoping Michael Bisping will join the tour.

Although Belfort has publicly expressed interest in competing in a so-called "UFC legends division" consisting of aging fighters if the promotion ever decides to go in that direction, it's far more likely that he'll have to sign with Bellator or join one of MMA's smaller promotions if he wishes to continue fighting past UFC 224. Belfort was knocked out in the exact same way and fashion against The Spider. It just so happened that fight was to be the last in Belfort's career, and he confirmed his retirement after the bout in a post-fight interview, leaving his gloves in the Octagon. This was a quick fight with just a few sets of blows in the first round and a quick unbelievable KO by Lyoto Machida in the second round.

Bisping is also contemplating retirement at the moment. I want this fight.

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.

"And I think it's time for me to take care of my family and my endeavours".

"First of all, congratulations to Machida's team, they fought pretty well", he said.

"I always use my legs to retire people".

What are your thoughts on Machida calling out Bisping after his vicious knockout win over Belfort?

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