Watch: Lyoto Machida Produces KO Of The Year Contender With Insane Front Kick
Lyoto Machida was responsible for one of the greatest knockouts in recent memory last night when he put away Victor Belfort in devastating fashion.
The two Brazilians met in a Middleweight clash on the undercard of UFC 224, where Amanda Nunes successfully defended her Women's Bantamweight Championship against Raquel Pennington in Rio de Janiero.
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.
Damn, son. Lyoto Machida front-kicked Vitor Belfort into the dark lands so hard that he kind of made himself sad?- Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) May 13, 2018
"i dunno man, we were fighting and he just like, died." -Lyoto Machida pic.twitter.com/oHZTZjmOxF- MacMally:four_leaf_clover: (@MacMallyMMA) May 13, 2018
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No ground and pound needed, the kick was so clean that Belfort was done and dusted.
The dominant display was the former Light Heavyweight Champion's second win this year, following on from a split decision victory over Eryk Anders back in February.
Machida, who is now 24-8 in MMA, recreated his famous KO to Randy Couture in the Brazilian capital, while it was a familiar sight for Belfort, who was memorably on the receiving end of a brutal front kick from Anderson Silva many moons ago at UFC 126 in 2011.
Lyoto Machida recreates the Randy Couture KO front kick to the grill. Vitor Belfort recreates the Anderson Silva KO loss front kick to the grill. Wow wow wow.- Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 13, 2018
Belfort retired on 26-14 after the fight, while Machida called out Michael Bisping and says he can't retire until they've slugged it out.
"Michael Bisping, I'm still waiting for you man. I want to do this fight. If you want to retire, you gotta fight me first." :speaking_head:- #UFCChile: Maia vs. Usman on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 13, 2018
Lyoto Machida has a message for The Count... @bisping :eyes: #UFC224 pic.twitter.com/WWn8LNgS5N