UFC 224 Results: Lyoto Machida Uses Karate to Retire Vitor Belfort

UFC 224 Results: Lyoto Machida Lands Front Kick KO and Sends Off Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort retires after being knocked out by Lyoto Machida at UFC 224

Slow round for both men.

Who will win in this battle of UFC legends and former champions Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort? They were clearly respectful of each other's finishing prowess, which was evident by the finish in the second round. The second he saw a slight opening in Belfort's guard, he landed the crane kick beautifully which spelt the end for Belfort and his career in the UFC.

Machida landing some more kicks. He called out former middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who has been flirting with the idea of retirement himself, following a knockout loss last November.

"Michael Bisping, I'm still waiting for you".

If you still want to skip it and lament the "sad state of fight cards these days", so be it; I'll be at home enjoying a quality night of fights.

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On a night packed full of drama, where only two bouts went to the judges decision, the knockout of Belfort was the highlight. It's another fight that could have happened and did not.

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.

He added: "I want to thank you, all my family". He confirmed this in his Octagon interview.

Life is about beginning, middle and end.

Mackenzie Dern won against Amanda Cooper but the real drama had come at the weigh in, where Dern missed the 116lbs straweight limit for a non-title fight by a massive half a stone! And while there were several fights over the course of the event that had bigger implications for the divis├Čons concerned, the showdown between the legendary Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida was a pairing that the Brazilian fans in attendance were positively ecstatic for.

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