Vitor Belfort retires after brutal KO loss at UFC 224

Vitor Belfort retires after brutal KO loss at UFC 224

UFC 224 kicked off with a legacy matchup between Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida as the first fight on the main card from Rio de Janiero, Brazil. There wasn't much action in the opening frame, but Machida's kicks may have taken the round.

For the better part of over 20 years, Belfort (26-14-1) continued to stay among the elite of many weight classes which included heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight.

Machida would fire off some solid low kicks before switching his stance and then promptly landing a sensational front kick to the face of Belfort. Belfort was the one moving backward at the end of the round, and even though Machida finished the round with kicks, the crowd booed the early performance.


Here is how the MMA community reacted to Machida's awesome knockout and the retirement of a legend in Vitor Belfort. 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.

Machida opens with a front kick that instantly KO's Belfort. Machida took to his post-fight interview and called out Bisping, so we'll have to see if the fight actually materializes. Lyoto Machida had other plans at UFC 224, however. It was also reminiscent of Anderson Silva's finish of Belfort several years back.

Machida wins by second-round knockout 1:00 rd 2.

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