Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

UFC 224 Primer: Vitor Belfort Could Actually Retire This Time - No, Really

UFC 224 Primer: Vitor Belfort Could Actually Retire This Time - No, Really

It's UFC 224 Embedded 5 and the Brazilians on the card shine for the cameras, as Vitor Belfort, John Lineker, Lyoto Machida, Jacare Souza and Amanda Nunes do photos and interviews. There wasn't much action in the opening frame, but Machida's kicks may have taken the round.

The second round began with Lyoto Machida continuing to keep Vitor Belfort on the outside and land kicks. Belfort couldn't pick up the win in his final fight, though, as Machida pulled off a flashy finish to get his second win in his last couple of fights.

With Machida still keeping Belfort at distance, the former light heavyweight champion measured his opponent before unleashing a front kick that slammed his foot into the jaw of the future UFC Hall of Famer. A ridiculous front kick from Machida knocked Belfort out cold.

More than anything, I think there are just scores of people out there who are nowhere near as interested in the UFC now as they were six, eight, 10 years ago, and who only care about a handful of competitors but still fancy themselves hardcore fans - and the two just don't compute. Lyoto looked to work the body and land kicks as he moved forward on Vitor.

"I have a lot of respect for Vitor Belfort". Thanfkully, he already knows exactly who he'd like to face next and it is none other than former UFC middleweight champion Michael "The Count" Bisping. "I want to thank my team, Tristar".

As for Belfort, his legendary career will come to an end after suffering the knockout loss to Machida on Saturday night. In my opinion the first round definitely goes to Lyoto Machida for activity and landing the hook kick.

"It's been a long ride", Belfort said before leaving his gloves in the middle of the cage. Life is about beginning, middle and end. "I'm leaving my glove here".

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