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

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

While all eyes were on Saturday's UFC 224 women's bantamweight battle between reigning 135-pound queen Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington, fight fans witnessed a relatively significant moment in MMA history when Brazil's Vitor Belfort suffered a devastating, knockout loss to fellow countrymen Lyoto Machida.

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. Midway through the first round, Machida played to the crowd and attacked with some kicks, landing but having a hard time following up.

The two veterans opened the pay-per-view portion of the card, with Machida planting a powerful front kick to Belfort's chin a minute into the second round. The second he saw a slight opening in Belfort's guard, he landed the crane kick beautifully which spelt the end for Belfort and his career in the UFC.

"I always use my legs to retire people", Machida said.

"I want to thank you all, my family". I think everything in life has a beginning middle and end.

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Following his huge win, Machida was full of respect for his Brazilian compatriot before calling out Michael Bisping; wanting to fight The Count before his eventual retirement too. "All I need is one strike to end the fight", Machida said. Tonight I was better than he was.

"Michael Bisping, I'm still waiting for you".

First and foremost, this weekend's lineup is solid from top to bottom, offering a nice collection of familiar names, fringe contenders and important scraps, capped by a championship fight. This was most likely the last bout inside an Octagon for Belfort's 26-fight UFC career.

Former lightweight champion Vitor Belfort announced his retirement Saturday after losing to former champion Lyota Machida at UFC 224.

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