Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

MMA Community reacts to Lyoto Machida's insane knockout of Vitor Belfort

MMA Community reacts to Lyoto Machida's insane knockout of Vitor Belfort

In the opening bout of the pay-per-view event that is UFC 224, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort fought in a clash of Brazilian titans.

Both fighters sizing each other up from range here to start and given their respective styles that could become a familiar sight during the fight. Machida realised this and showed unreal restraint not to follow up with ground and pound. Over a minute gone and that's the only action so far, which brings some jeers from the crowd, though they quickly settle down. That strike sent "The Phenom" crashing to the canvas and Machida mercifully opted against following up with any more punishment. Machida was able to land a hook kick to Vitor Belfort's chin which seemed to wobble him a bit. Another head kick from Machida and it's blocked this time.

Machida with a couple of kicks, one downstairs and one up. His left hook beinhg described as one of the best in MMA.

Machida would fire off some solid low kicks before switching his stance and then promptly landing a sensational front kick to the face of Belfort.

Belfort advanced early in the second round but couldn't get very close to Machida.

Although it was clear Belfort was retiring, there were still questions regarding Machida's next win.

Earth shaking. Not at all what Belofrt had hoped for - but perhaps this will convince the former light heavyweight champion, who first fought in the UFC at just 19 years old, that retirement is indeed the correct decision.

Incredible highlight reel finish for "The Dragon" here, but what a brutal way for Belfort's career to end - just as Machida did to Randy Couture too.

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