Lyoto Machida demonstrated that he remains a very, very dangerous fighter tonight at UFC 224, by knocking out Vitor Belfort with a vicious kick.
The first round didn’t feature a ton of action, but Machida fired off kicks somewhat frequently, while Belfort threw a few, heavy punches. Not long into round two, however, Machida crushed Belfort with a rear kick to the face, which KO’d the legend instantly.
After the loss, Belfort left his gloves in the cage, and, as expected, he relayed this is likely the end of his career.
Lyoto Machida def. Vitor Belfort via KO (kick) R2, 1:00
Cezar Ferreira def. Karl Roberson via technical submission (arm-triangle-choke) R1, 4:45
Aleksei Oleinik def. Junior Albini via submission (ezekiel choke) R1, 1:45
Davi Ramos def. Nick Hein via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 4:15
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Sean Strickland via KO (wheel kick and punches) R1, 3:12
Warlley Alves def. Sultan Aliev via TKO (corner stoppage) R2, 5:00
Jack Hermansson def. Thales Leites via TKO (punches) R3, 2:10
Ramazan Emeev def. Alberto Mina via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Markus Perez def. James Bochnovic via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 4:28