Decisive UFC 224 loss marks end of Vitor Belfort's rocky UFC career

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Anderson Silva put Belfort away with that technique back at UFC 126, and at last night's UFC 224, Lyoto Machida called upon the move - the most basic of karate tools - to knock "The Phenom" out.

Mackenzie Dern won against Amanda Cooper but the real drama had come at the weigh in, where Dern missed the 116lbs straweight limit for a non-title fight by a massive half a stone!

Belfort and Machida are past their primes and there are multiple ways this could end poorly, but seeing Belfort close out his career at home in Rio will be a memorable experience no matter how it plays out.

If there was ever a flawless place for Vitor Belfort to retire, then his homeland of Brazil would be the place he would have liked to end his professional career. Midway through the first round, Machida played to the crowd and attacked with some kicks, landing but having a hard time following up. 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.

Although Belfort has publicly expressed interest in competing in a so-called "UFC legends division" consisting of aging fighters if the promotion ever decides to go in that direction, it's far more likely that he'll have to sign with Bellator or join one of MMA's smaller promotions if he wishes to continue fighting past UFC 224.

"I always use my legs to retire people", Machida said. I think everything in life has a beginning middle and end. "It's time for me to think, and take care of my family and endeavours".

Following his huge win, Machida was full of respect for his Brazilian compatriot before calling out Michael Bisping; wanting to fight The Count before his eventual retirement too.

"He surprised me pretty well", Belfort said in his post-fight interview. I was looking for the right moment. I would like to fight Michael Bisping.

Earth shaking. Not at all what Belofrt had hoped for - but perhaps this will convince the former light heavyweight champion, who first fought in the UFC at just 19 years old, that retirement is indeed the correct decision.

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