Vitor Belfort Makes It Official, Leaves His Gloves In The Octagon

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The Octagon returned to Brazil for the fifth times in four years on Saturday and UFC fans were not left disappointed after a stunning knockout for Lyoto Machida ended Vitor Belfort's career in the middleweight division.

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After the loss, former UFC champion Belfort placed his gloves down on the mat to signify he was retiring from the sport.

As you'll be able to see below, Machida took his time to pick his spot perfectly. The Brazilian legend was on the final fight of his UFC contract and is not expected to re-sign with the promotion.

Mackenzie Dern won against Amanda Cooper but the real drama had come at the weigh in, where Dern missed the 116lbs straweight limit for a non-title fight by a massive half a stone! "Congratulations to Machida and I will put my gloves here". I'm OK. I think everything in life has a beginning, middle and end. I want to thank my family, I'm okay.

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The UFC also released a short tribute to Belfort on their Twitter account, highlighting the longevity of his wonderful career from stepping into the Octagon at UFC 12, right through to 224.

He went on to claim the UFC light-heavyweight title in the second of his three fights opposite Couture, but would relinquish the title to the American seven months later.

Speaking via a translator, he said: "I have a lot of respect for Vitor Belfort". Tonight I was better than he was.

Now 41, Belfort had memorable trilogies against Couture and Dan Henderson and fought a who's who of MMA stars including Tank Abbott, Chuck Lidell, Tito Ortiz, Alistair Overeem, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, Jacare and Gegard Mousasi. "Before you retire, you've got to fight me first". Machida delivered a rear kick to Belfort's face and did not continue with punches after seeing his opponent was out, ESPN reported.