Machida (24-8 MMA, 16-8 UFC) improved to 2-1 since coming back to the UFC from a long layoff when he defeated Belfort (26-14 MMA, 15-10 UFC) with an epic front-kick knockout in the second round of their middleweight bout, which aired on pay-per-view from Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Machida’s victory over Belfort at UFC 224.
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Belfort’s hair is a bit salt and pepper.
— MMA mania (@mmamania) May 13, 2018
Machida on the front foot early which is nice to see. Belfort happy to stand at range, both men waiting to see who pulls the trigger first. #UFC224
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) May 13, 2018
— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) May 13, 2018
Yeah guys, this fight is going as expected. #UFC224
— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) May 13, 2018
KO OF THE FREAKING YEAR!!! MACHIDA!!!
— E. Casey Leydon (@ekc) May 13, 2018
Front kick to the depths of consciousness
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) May 13, 2018
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) May 13, 2018
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) May 13, 2018
Twice. Jesus. #UFC224
— Jessy Jess (@missjessyjess) May 13, 2018
— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) May 13, 2018
The matrix. #lomachenko
— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) May 13, 2018
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
Omg Machida!!! #ufc224
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) May 13, 2018
For Vitor’s grand finale, he gets to experience his toughest loss all over again. Brutal.
— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) May 13, 2018
Practical hesitation, it makes sense but damn its a frustrating start to watch. @Ufc
— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) May 13, 2018
That was a nasty finish by Machida! Whew #UFC224
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) May 13, 2018
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) May 13, 2018
2 legends. Such a beautiful kick by @lyotomachidafw
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) May 13, 2018
That might be a double record.. First UFC fighter to ever have two front kick KO wins and first fighter to ever lose twice by a front kick #UFC224
— Shane Burgos (@HurricaneShaneB) May 13, 2018
Jokes and steroids aside, Vitor did a lot for this sport and in this sport. Best of luck in retirement (we all know he’s not retiring… Vitor vs Wanderlei on Bellator Brazil, anyone?).
— Matheus Aquino (@MatheusDCAquino) May 13, 2018
Thank you VB for a great career @ufc 🏆
— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) May 13, 2018
Most Knockdowns, UFC History
Anderson Silva, 18
Jeremy Stephens, 18
Donald Cerrone, 17
Lyoto Machida, 14
Chuck Liddell, 14#UFC224
— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) May 13, 2018
UFC 224 results: Lyoto Machida front kick flattens retiring Vitor Belfort in second https://t.co/rSyQYvoZgT
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) May 13, 2018