Lyoto Machida STUNS Vitor Belfort with HUGE Anderson Silva-Style Frontkick KO!

Kicking off the main card at UFC 225 was a clash between Brazilian legends Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida.

Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, would prove to be the location for Belfort’s last time inside the Octagon and he signed off beforehand with a classy Instagram message to fans and fighters around the world.

Vitor wrote:

“I’m over 20 years being relevant in this sport. I broke a lot of barriers and paved the way for a generation after me. I am one of the pioneers of the sport and I’m proud of it. I could not walk into the octagon for the last time without sending a relevant message to the athletes, fans and to the sport itself.

That is the reason why I chose to fight a friend of mine. An athlete that I have a lot of respect. A good person. A family man. I’m against the so famous “trash talk”. MMA is a sport!

A sport that myself and a lot of family men work really hard to support our families. Lyoto and I have known each other for many years, I know his family and we have trained together. I wanted this fight to take place in Brazil because that is where everything started and now it’s time for us to send another message to the world.

And the message is RESPECT!

May 12th @lyotomachidafw and I will step into the octagon as professionals and we still be friends.Always respecting each other and the way we will do that is giving our best in the octagon.

I want people to understand that you don’t have to be a bully to be a fighter, you have to be a real man.And that is exactly what the world is in need, real man willing to pay the price to make a difference.”

I’m over 20 years being relevant in this sport. I broke a lot barriers and paved the way for a generation after me. I am one of the pioneers of the sport and I’m proud it it. I could not walk into the octagon for the last time without sending a relevant message to the: athletes, fans and to the sport itself. That is the reason why I chose to fight a friend of mine. An athlete that I have a lot respect. A good person a family man. I’m against the so famous “trash talk”. MMA is a sport! A sport that myself and a lot of family men work really hard to support our families. Lyoto and I have known each other for many years, I know his family and we have trained together. I wanted this fight to take place in Brazil because that is where everything started and now it’s time for us to send another message to the world. And the message is: RESPECT! May 12th @lyotomachidafw and I will step into the octagon as professionals and we still be friends. Always respecting each other and the way we will do that is giving our best in the octagon. I want people to understand that you don’t have to be a bully to be a fighter, you have to be a real man. And that is exactly what the world is in need, real man willing to pay the price to make a difference.

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Vitor’s last weigh in for the UFC

Despite being nearly the same age as his outgoing friend (Machida turns 40 later this month while Belfort turned 41 in April), The Dragon insisted that he still harbours ambitions to win the middleweight title.

“My focus is to add another win to my record, and to go up the rankings,” Machida said beforehand. “I want to do four fights this year. Considering the breaks I plan to take, and how much time I’ll have, I think it would be a good number of bouts. My goal is to earn my way to another [title shot].”

Hespect

The bookmakers made Lychida the favourite for this one; he was paying $1.48 to get the win while Belfort was at $2.65 to walk away from his UFC career with one, final victory to savour.

Round one saw both fighters show a tremendous amount of respect for each other; Machida hung out on the outside and looked to counter while Belfort found his way inside a couple of times. It really could have gone either way, however.

Round two started and the crowd was beginning to get restless until Machida finished the fight in stunning fashion; a precision front kick knocked Belfort out cold!

Incredible!

He faked the front leg and then came through with the rear leg. Such misdirection is usually the purview of magicians but the Brazilian pulled it off with aplomb.

Afterwards, The Phenom called time on his storied career, the future Hall-of-Famer not going out the way he would have wanted but when the dust settles, he would be able to look back with pride on a remarkable MMA career.

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