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

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

It surely wasn't the way Belfort imagined he'd transition into retirement; fellow ex-UFC champ Couture likely didn't expect it either when Machida did the same to him in 2011.

And it was 39-year old Machida who emerged victorious courtesy of a stunning front kick that sent compatriot Belfort into retirement in round two.

Since 1996, Vitor Belfort has been a force in MMA.

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UFC 224 is underway live now, and the main card is about to kick off. Belfort was knocked out in the exact same way and fashion against The Spider.

Following the defeat, the Brazilian made it official, leaving his gloves inside the Octagon and confirming his plans to retire from MMA. Machida called out former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping to square off with him next.

"Everything in life has a beginning, middle and end", Belfort 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".

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We're sure Bisping is under no illusions about his abilities as a title-threat these days and for what it's worth, this could well be the fight to make - if all of the relevant pieces fall into place. "So, I would like this fight because Michael Bisping is a former champion, and this is a fight that could happen in the future".

What are your thoughts on Machida calling out Bisping after his vicious knockout win over Belfort? This fight couldn't happen back in the day, so I think this is a a great matchup for both of us. "I want to thank my team, my family and my fans".

Five years ago, a fight between Machida and Belfort would've headlined its own pay-per-view. Do you think that Bisping will take this fight before calling it a career? "Before you retire, you've got to fight me first".

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