This is a brutal, abrupt end for an MMA legend


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

Belfort was knocked out by Machida in the second round of their middleweight fight, the opening of the event’s main card at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Machida delivered a rear kick to Belfort’s face and did not continue with punches after seeing his opponent was out, ESPN reported.

The 41-year-old Brazilian legend then took off his gloves and placed them in the Octagon, signaling that he was retiring.

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