Vitor Belfort vs Lyoto Machida set for UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro

The UFC have confirmed that two Brazilian MMA legends will go head to head at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Vitor Belfort (26-13-1) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 in June. This win put a stop to his three fight losing streak, however his loss to Kelvin Gastelumn was overturned to a no contest due to Gastelumn testing positive for marijuana back in March last year.

Vitor Belfort has confirmed that this will be his last bout after a long and successful career in MMA. His retirement fight was originally scheduled for UFC Fight Night 124 against Uriah Hall but Hall was unable to make weight due to medical reasons.

“I’m over 20 years being relevant in this sport,” he said via his instagram. “I broke a lot barriers and paved the way for a generation after me. I am one of the pioneers of the sport and I’m proud it it.
I could not walk into the octagon for the last time without sending a relevant message to the: athletes, fans and to the sport itself.
That is the reason why I chose to fight a friend of mine. An athlete that I have a lot respect. A good person a family man. I’m against the so famous “trash talk”. MMA is a sport!
A sport that myself and a lot of family men work really hard to support our families. Lyoto and I have known each other for many years, I know his family and we have trained together. I wanted this fight to take place in Brazil because that is where everything started and now it’s time for us to send another message to the world.
And the message is:
RESPECT!”

I’m over 20 years being relevant in this sport. I broke a lot barriers and paved the way for a generation after me. I am one of the pioneers of the sport and I’m proud it it. I could not walk into the octagon for the last time without sending a relevant message to the: athletes, fans and to the sport itself. That is the reason why I chose to fight a friend of mine. An athlete that I have a lot respect. A good person a family man. I’m against the so famous “trash talk”. MMA is a sport! A sport that myself and a lot of family men work really hard to support our families. Lyoto and I have known each other for many years, I know his family and we have trained together. I wanted this fight to take place in Brazil because that is where everything started and now it’s time for us to send another message to the world. And the message is: RESPECT! May 12th @lyotomachidafw and I will step into the octagon as professionals and we still be friends. Always respecting each other and the way we will do that is giving our best in the octagon. I want people to understand that you don’t have to be a bully to be a fighter, you have to be a real man. And that is exactly what the world is in need, real man willing to pay the price to make a difference.

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Lyoto Machida (23-8) recently returned to the octagon with a win over Eryk Anders after an 18 month suspension from USADA. This win also put a stop to a three fight losing streak with losses to Derek Brunson, Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold.

Both men will be keen to stay in the win column as they face at UFC 224, taking place at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, May 12.

Louise Green

Writer/Contributor, Co-Owner and Co-Creator of MMA Crazy

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