The former UFC light heayvweight champion put the finishing touches on his all-Brazilian battle early in the second round with a kick that his opponent, Vitor Belfort, is all too familiar with. And while there were several fights over the course of the event that had bigger implications for the divisìons concerned, the showdown between the legendary Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida was a pairing that the Brazilian fans in attendance were positively ecstatic for. It's hard to say who's better than who, but tonight I was better than he was.
"It's been a long ride", Belfort said.
The knockout was reminiscent of Anderson Silva's famous finish of Belfort in 2011.
With the crowd chanting his name, Belfort dropped his gloves to the Octagon floor.
"Life is about beginning, middle and end". And I think I have come to an end.
"First of all, congratulations to Machida's team, they fought pretty well", he said.
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If you want to tell me that you'd pick anything other than UFC 224 if given a choice of those three fight cards this weekend, I'm going to need a thousand words explaining your logic because it doesn't make sense to me.
"Life is about the beginning, middle and end and everything comes to an end".
"And I think it's time for me to take care of my family and my endeavours". However, Belfort was always a knockout threat.
As for Machida's next step, he called out another UFC veteran, this time speaking English to deliver a challenge. I still want to do this fight.
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.