Vitor Belfort vs Lyoto Machida – UFC 224 : Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida face off at UFC 224 on this Saturday night in the UFC.
This will be an historical fight because besides involving 2 of the biggest fighters in the history of Brazilian MMA. This will probably be the last fight for Vitor Belfort who will very likely retire.
The fighter still hasn’t confirmed it but there are signs that this fight against Lyoto will be his last, at least in the UFC.
Belfort is one of the greatest fighters in the history of Brazilian sport. However, he has been dropping a lot in terms of performance on his last few fights. That is especially due to the fact that the UFC has forbidden the restitution of testosterone for athletes. Belfort used to do that, which means he got the short end of the stick there.
The Brazilian has 41 years of age and is coming off a controversial win over Nate Marquandt, but on the last couple of fights before that he suffered heavy losses to Jacaré, Mousassi and Gastelum.
That spectacular streak where he defeated Rockhold, Bisping and Henderson happened precisely on his peak of testosterone restitution.
Therefore, many are accusing the Brazilian of doping during that period.
Belfort’s career is long and victorious. He was a champion in several weight categories and events and he was always a very complete fighter with a lot of explosion but also a very effective BJJ.
Maybe less of a legend but not at all less of a fighter is Lyoto Machida that was also already a UFC champion and is also considered one of the greatest fighters of Brazilian MMA.
Vitor Belfort vs Lyoto Machida – Betting Tip and Prediction:
When he became Light Heavyweight Champion, many expected a “Machida Era” on the UFC but that didn’t end up happening. Machida brought an evasive style, of counter-punch and a lot of movement that was very difficult to read.
But despite everyone recognizing Machida’s technique, he stayed on the top but was never able to win a belt once again. That’s because he
was caught during the Jon Jones Era that ended up dominating the actions on that weight category.
About the fight, Belfort no longer has the power he had, especially during the initial moments where he used to be explosive. In the same way, Machida isn’t no kid and his style was always of a more strategical than explosive fighter.
Besides that, there is the aspect of the potential goodbye and I don’t believe that Belfort will expose himself too much.
Therefore, I believe that this round over is an interesting bet for this fight.
PREDICTION AND BETTING TIP
|Over 1.5 rounds||