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UFC 224 Play-By-Play: Lyoto Machida Front Kick KO's Vitor Belfort

UFC 224 Play-By-Play: Lyoto Machida Front Kick KO's Vitor Belfort

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. "I will stop fighting here because I think I reached the end".

If there was ever a flawless place for Vitor Belfort to retire, then his homeland of Brazil would be the place he would have liked to end his professional career. I want to thank my family - I'm ok.

In the second round both fighters came out circling the center of the octagon again for only 10 to 15 seconds when Lyoto Machida starting turning his leg as if he was going to throw a front high kick, and out of nowhere he threw a front kick with his back leg straight to Vitor Belfort's chin, knocking him out. I want this fight.

No ground and pound needed, the kick was so clean that Belfort was done and dusted. So congratulations to Machida. I'm OK. I think everything in life has a beginning, middle and end.

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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.

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. I was looking for the right moment.

"He surprised me pretty well", Belfort said in his post-fight interview. This was most likely the last bout inside an Octagon for Belfort's 26-fight UFC career.

Lyoto Machida managed to recreate one of the most famous UFC knockouts of all-time on the very same person who fell victim to it the first time around.


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