Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veterans Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort threw down last night (May 12, 2018) at UFC 224 from inside Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both of these men once wore UFC gold, but they are fast approaching the end of the respective careers. Machida avoided retirement last time out by out-pointing a dangerous young fighter, whereas Belfort came into this bout remarking that it would be his last … while also showing interest in fighting Fedor Emelianenko. Either way, it may not have been relevant, but the Rio de Janeiro fans were treated to a classic match up of Brazilian legends.
As expected, this bout opened with a lot of patience and feints from both men. Machida began to open up with some reasonably effective kicks about two minutes in, and Belfort attempted to answer with a flurry. Mostly, however, Machida fought from his distance and scored with kicks.
Machida did an excellent job of picking his kicks in the first round. From the Southpaw stance, he mostly worked on his foe’s lead leg, but he also switched Orthodox to work the body kick. Belfort actually landed reasonably well with a flurry with about 60 seconds remaining, but Belfort
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