Vitor Belfort retires after brutal KO loss at UFC 224

Vitor Belfort retires after brutal KO loss at UFC 224

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.

Here is how the MMA community reacted to Machida's unbelievable knockout and the retirement of a legend in Vitor Belfort. After a tentative first round, Machida landed a front kick to the face of Belfort that sent him crashing down onto the canvas 1 minute into the second round.

Machida's jaw-dropping knockout of Belfort was very reminiscent of when Anderson Silva knocked out "The Phenom" at UFC 126 in February of 2011.

Following his loss, he said: "It's been a long ride". It's hard to say who's better than who, but tonight I was better than he was.

On a night packed full of drama, where only two bouts went to the judges decision, the knockout of Belfort was the highlight.

Greg Norman's 54-hole Players record matched by leader Webb Simpson
Meanwhile, Simpson tied Greg Norman's 54-hole scoring record, as the American remained in cruise control atop the on day three. He was in third place, nine shots behind and figured all he could do Sunday was go as low as he could and see where it led.

"Life is about beginning, middle and end". I'm OK. I think everything in life has a beginning, middle and end. And I think I've come to the end. So congratulations to Machida. "And it's time for me to take care of my family and my endeavors", Belfort said.

Belfort retires with a 26-15 MMA record including 18 wins by knockout and three by submission.

Mackenzie Dern (right, delivering a high kick at Ashley Yoder at UFC 222 in Las Vegas in March) is a 25-year-old, multi-time Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion with a flawless 6-0 record. "I want to fight a few more times this year".

Lineker and Kelleher are rarely in boring fights when they're facing other people and now they're sharing the cage together, jockeying for position in the deeper-than-you-realize bantamweight ranks.

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