Former lightweight champion Vitor Belfort announced his retirement Saturday after losing to former champion Lyota Machida at UFC 224.
So with yet another former titleholder - Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) - expecting to retire following his next bout, Machida again pushed for the fight, just as he did earlier this year (Bisping has seemed receptive). Machida answers back with a body kick.
It was the second round, however, that completely took mixed martial arts (MMA) fans off their feet.
Machida throws a pair of front kicks followed by a low kick.
Lyoto Machida had other plans at UFC 224, however.
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I want to thank him for the chance and confidence, for the information and expertise, however most significantly for his friendship.
In the build-up to his clash with his fellow future Hall of Famer, Belfort repeatedly hinted that retirement was right around the corner.
In any case, Machida's finish of Belfort was stunning.
Machida handled himself with nothing but class and showed respect to his fellow Brazilian.
It was also a mirror image of the kick that Anderson Silva used to knock Belfort out at UFC 126. Machida called out former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping to square off with him next.
The Count has recently denied rumors that he'd be fighting Nick Diaz or Luke Rockhold, but has noted that he's likely already retired but hasn't made it official yet. Bisping has also shot down a few potential opponents because he said he doesn't want bad blood with a heated rival to make his final fight camp an emotional and unpleasant experience. I would like to fight Michael Bisping. I want this fight. Do you think that Bisping will take this fight before calling it a career? "He might retire sometime soon, I could retire sometime soon, and people asked for that fight, so it's a fight that interests me". Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!