Belfort and Machida are past their primes and there are multiple ways this could end poorly, but seeing Belfort close out his career at home in Rio will be a memorable experience no matter how it plays out.
Machida opens with a front kick that instantly KO's Belfort.
In the second round both fighters came out circling the center of the octagon again for only 10 to 15 seconds when Lyoto Machida starting turning his leg as if he was going to throw a front high kick, and out of nowhere he threw a front kick with his back leg straight to Vitor Belfort's chin, knocking him out.
Following his loss, he said: "It's been a long ride. Congratulations to Machida and I will put my gloves here".
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 want this fight. I'm OK. I think everything in life has a beginning, middle and end.
Machida showed respect for Belfort in his post-fight interview, and Belfort's career will end with a 26-14-1 record. "I know it was a lot like the kick I got in Randy Couture when he retired, with the difference that his was right and that was left, so maybe it is the history repeating itself". I want this fight.
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.
Lyoto Machida managed to recreate one of the most famous UFC knockouts of all-time on the very same person who fell victim to it the first time around.