Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (24-8 MMA) added another spectacular knockout to his highlight reel at last night’s UFC 224 event in Brazil.
“The Dragon” starched former UFC champion Vitor Belfort with a front kick that sent “The Phenom” crashing to the canvas and into retirement.
The victory marked Machida’s second in a row, as he had previously defeated Eryk Anders by way of split-decision this past February in Belem, Brazil.
Prior to the aforementioned pair of wins, Machida had suffered three straight stoppage losses at the hands of opponents Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Derek Brunson respectively.
That losing skid had some fight fans clamoring for “The Dragon” to call it a career and hang up his gloves.
Now, after scoring one of the most signature wins of his illustrious career, Lyoto Machida still has some unfinished business he must see completed before discussing any talk of retirement.
“The Dragon” has set his sights on former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
“The Count” has been pondering his own retirement in recent weeks but has yet to make anything official.
Machida discussed his desire to fight Bisping in a post-fight interview with MMAJunkie:
“I always use my legs to retire people,” Machida said. “So, I would like this fight because Michael Bisping is a former champion, and this is a fight that could happen in the future. This fight couldn’t happen back in the day, so I think this is (now) a great matchup for both of us. And the fans want to see this fight. It would be a great fight if he accepts this fight.”
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