Lyoto Machida ended Vitor Belfort’s night and likely his career with a booming front kick at UFC 224, and afterwards, “The Dragon” reminded folks that’s not the first time he’s done so.
After a fairly, uneventful first round, Machida cracked Belfort right to the jaw with a front kick from his back leg, which appeared to KO the legend instantly. Leading up to the card, Belfort had said he planned to exit fighting, and after the loss, the star left his gloves in the cage to symbolically wrap up his career.
The highlight reel finish and circumstances surrounding last night’s bout were very similar to Machida’s 2011 bout with Randy Couture. At UFC 129, Machida finished Couture in the second round with a front kick, in what marked the final fight of that legend’s career.
Well, after the win, Machida repeated his call out of Michael Bisping. The latter has also said that if he fights again, the bout will be his last. So, while speaking to the media afterwards, Machida fired off a zinger, before outlining why he wants to face Bisping (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I always use my legs to retire people,” Machida said. “So, I would like this fight because Michael Bisping is a former champion, and this is a fight that could happen in the future. This fight couldn’t happen back in the day, so I think this is (now) a great matchup for both of us.
“And the fans want to see this fight. It would be a great fight if he accepts this fight.”
We shall see. More recently, Bisping has said that he’s likely done fighting, so, it’s not clear whether this bout would get him back in the cage. Would Bisping – Machida draw well? You would think so. Would it be a massive fight at this stage of the game? It’s unlikely.
But, when Machida first called out Bisping earlier this year, following his split decision win over Eryk Anders, the British star didn’t outright dismiss it. Bisping has talked about wanting to fight someone that he doesn’t have animosity with, and Machida is one of the most respectful fighters in the game.
So, maybe now that Machida has scored a highlight reel finish, over a dude Bisping loathes, maybe this could happen?