Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Vitor Belfort knocked out by Lyota Machida in last career fight

Vitor Belfort knocked out by Lyota Machida in last career fight

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.

"The Phenom" fought the final fight of his UFC contract, and likely the final fight of his career, opposite Lyoto Machida. Not long after the start of the round, he found himself within the flawless range to take down Belfort with a head kick, dropping him with that one move and ending the fight.

So with yet another former titleholder - Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) - expecting to retire following his next bout, Machida again pushed for the fight, just as he did earlier this year (Bisping has seemed receptive).

Following the defeat, the Brazilian made it official, leaving his gloves inside the Octagon and confirming his plans to retire from MMA. He called out former middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who has been flirting with the idea of retirement himself after a knockout loss last November. "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". He lost the 185-pound title to Georges St-Pierre this past November and was subsequently knocked out by Kelvin Gastelum in the first round just a few weeks alter.

"And I think it's time for me to take care of my family and my endeavours".

"Michael Bisping, I'm still waiting for you, man".

"He surprised me pretty well", Belfort said in his post-fight interview. I want this fight. And is this a fight you're interested in seeing?

On a night packed full of drama, where only two bouts went to the judges decision, the knockout of Belfort was the highlight. Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!

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