Keyboard Kimura: Weekend's UFC 224 card more killer than filler

Keyboard Kimura: Weekend's UFC 224 card more killer than filler

Lyoto Machida ended Vitor Belfort's night and likely his career with a booming front kick at UFC 224, and afterwards, "The Dragon" reminded folks that's not the first time he's done so. And I think I have come to an end.

Five years ago, a fight between Machida and Belfort would've headlined its own pay-per-view. Machida answers back with a body kick.

If there was ever a ideal place for Vitor Belfort to retire, then his homeland of Brazil would be the place he would have liked to end his professional career. It was similar to his front kick knockout of Randy Couture in 2011 and Belfort's infamous front kick knockout loss to Anderson Silva in 2011.

Dern is one of the most hyped prospects to arrive in the sport in some time - a 25-year-old, multi-time Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion with a flawless 6-0 record - and she's jumping back into the cage two months after her promotional debut in a tough contest against Amanda Cooper, a scrappy, more experienced fighter.

At the one minute mark in the second round, Machida set up a devastating crane kick that sent Belfort crashing to the canvas and the referee immediately waved off the fight and called for medical assistance, with Machida remaining respectful in the middle of the Octagon. "Congratulations to Machida and I will put my gloves here". I want this fight. "It's time for me to think, and take care of my family and endeavours".

"He surprised me pretty well", Belfort said in his post-fight interview. I would like to fight Michael Bisping.

Amanda Nunes (right, taking down Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215 in Edmonton last year) has kept improving from fight to fight and should be regarded as an MMA superstar.

After a fairly, uneventful first round, Machida cracked Belfort right to the jaw with a front kick from his back leg, which appeared to KO the legend instantly.

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