With double deja-vu and respect all around, Vitor Belfort’s swan song at UFC 224 was oddly poetic

RIO DE JANEIRO – Vitor Belfort’s last fight was filled with the type of the odd poetry that only MMA can provide us.

As Belfort (26-14 MMA, 15-11 UFC) collapsed from Lyoto Machida’s (24-8 MMA, 16-8 UFC) perfectly placed front kick, a single thought went through our minds: We’ve seen this before. Specifically, when Anderson Silva knocked him out in the first round of that UFC 216 meeting that really shot MMA to new mainstream heights in Brazil.

Hell, Machida was even wearing yellow shorts, too.

Belfort lay there for a scary few seconds, recovering in time to put down his gloves and confirm – for now, anyway – what he’d been saying all week: This was his final fight. We’re still trying to figure out what exactly having the most important fight of your life end the same way your last one does means – but it must mean something.

The deja-vu was twofold. We’d seen Machida in that same scenario before, in what turned out to be the final fight of his MMA career. So, basically, Machida brought the same end to the swan songs of two different former UFC champions.

That Belfort career ended on such a sour note could have been a sad situation but, for some reason, it kind

Article source: https://mmajunkie.com/2018/05/with-double-deja-vu-and-respect-all-around-vitor-belforts-swan-song-at-ufc-224-was-oddly-poetic

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