Decisive UFC 224 loss marks end of Vitor Belfort's rocky UFC career

  • Decisive UFC 224 loss marks end of Vitor Belfort's rocky UFC career

Decisive UFC 224 loss marks end of Vitor Belfort's rocky UFC career

Belfort and Machida are past their primes and there are multiple ways this could end poorly, but seeing Belfort close out his career at home in Rio will be a memorable experience no matter how it plays out.

No ground and pound needed, the kick was so clean that Belfort was done and dusted.

However, when taking on fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night at the UFC 224 event, The Phenom perhaps didn't envisage his career ending with a lovely crane kick from The Dragon which saw him suffer a brutal knockout loss that had fans reminiscing about two memorable fights from their careers.

Machida, who now fights out of Los Angeles, is now on a two-fight win streak.

The two veterans opened the pay-per-view portion of the card, with Machida planting a powerful front kick to Belfort's chin a minute into the second round.

"I want to thank my team".

Following his loss, he said: "It's been a long ride".

Lyoto Machida turned back the clock at UFC 224.

Machida showed respect for Belfort in his post-fight interview, and Belfort's career will end with a 26-14-1 record. So congratulations to Machida. "All I need is one strike to end the fight", Machida said. "I know it was a lot like the kick I got in Randy Couture when he retired, with the difference that his was right and that was left, so maybe it is the history repeating itself". "So, I would like this fight because Michael Bisping is a former champion, and this is a fight that could happen in the future". Both fighters have held the light heavyweight championship in the past, and Belfort came in with the crowd on his side because of fighting in his hometown.

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.