Vitor Belfort suffers a brutal knockout at UFC 224 against Lyoto Machida

Lynette Rowe
May 14, 2018

Every time an event like this weekend's UFC 224 pay-per-view in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil rolls around, certain pockets of the MMA audience start to wax nostalgic about the good old days when pay-per-view lineups were all killer, no filler, as if Saturday's main card lineup is some kind of subpar offering. Belfort ended his career with a 26-15 MMA record. In my opinion the first round definitely goes to Lyoto Machida for activity and landing the hook kick. I want to thank my family, I'm okay.

At the one minute mark in the second round, Machida set up a devastating crane kick that sent Belfort crashing to the canvas and the referee immediately waved off the fight and called for medical assistance, with Machida remaining respectful in the middle of the Octagon. It was similar to his front kick knockout of Randy Couture in 2011 and Belfort's infamous front kick knockout loss to Anderson Silva in 2011. "Congratulations to Machida and I will put my gloves here".

More than anything, I think there are just scores of people out there who are nowhere near as interested in the UFC now as they were six, eight, 10 years ago, and who only care about a handful of competitors but still fancy themselves hardcore fans - and the two just don't compute.

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The UFC also released a short tribute to Belfort on their Twitter account, highlighting the longevity of his wonderful career from stepping into the Octagon at UFC 12, right through to 224. Everyone needs to respect him. All I need is one strike to end the fight. I would like to fight Michael Bisping. I want this fight.

If this proves to be Belfort's last fight, it marks the end of a long, brilliant career.

At last June's UFC 212, Belfort temporarily quieted his critics by earning a unanimous decision win over former contender Nate Marquardt for his first victory since defeating Henderson in 2015.

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