Both fighters approached the fight like a chess match, with the pace slow and calculated in the opening round.
The Octagon returned to Brazil for the fifth times in four years on Saturday and UFC fans were not left disappointed after a stunning knockout for Lyoto Machida ended Vitor Belfort's career in the middleweight division. They were clearly respectful of each other's finishing prowess, which was evident by the finish in the second round. In my opinion the first round definitely goes to Lyoto Machida for activity and landing the hook kick.
Belfort began his career more than two decades ago, and entered the Octagon in only the second fight of his career.
The highlight reel finish and circumstances surrounding last night's bout were very similar to Machida's 2011 bout with Randy Couture.
If you still want to skip it and lament the "sad state of fight cards these days", so be it; I'll be at home enjoying a quality night of fights.
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It was also a mirror image of the kick that Anderson Silva used to knock Belfort out at UFC 126. It's another fight that could have happened and did not.
"So, I want to thank you all, my family, I'm all right".
It was a flawless result for the former light heavyweight champion, in front of a friendly crowd in Rio de Janeiro. He confirmed this in his Octagon interview.
"Life is about the beginning, middle and end and everything comes to an end".
The co-main event victor could - and should - end up facing the victor of the UFC 225 middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero for the belt later this year, which should be a terrific scrap regardless of the stakes.
"I was looking for the right moment, all I need is one strike to end the fight", Machida said.