Lyoto Machida Produces KO Of The Year Contender With Insane Front Kick

Sherman Parsons
May 14, 2018

After the knockout occurred, Machida was reluctant to celebrate crazily as most fighters do - instead kneeling in front of Belfort and watching intently as medical personnel attended to him.

"The Phenom" fought the final fight of his UFC contract, and likely the final fight of his career, opposite Lyoto Machida. Machida knocked out Vitor Belfort in spectacular fashion with a front kick to the chin.

The action took place as the opening fight on the UFC 224 pay-per-view (PPV) main card.

How did Belfort's fellow pros react to the finish? 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. He called out former middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who has been flirting with the idea of retirement himself after a knockout loss last November. "I want to thank my team, Tristar".

Belfort advanced early in the second round but couldn't get very close to Machida.

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"Live is about beginning, middle and end", he said.

Bisping has also said he doesn't ever plan on making the 185-pound weight limit ever again, as the weight cut is strenuous.

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.

The knockout was reminiscent of Anderson Silva's famous finish of Belfort in 2011. This fight couldn't happen back in the day, so I think this is a a great matchup for both of us. "It's time for me to take care of my family and endeavors". "He might retire sometime soon, I could retire sometime soon, and people asked for that fight, so it's a fight that interests me".

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