MMA Preview – Vitor Belfort vs Lyoto Machida at UFC 224

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 224? Sunday 13th May, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 224? Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What channel is UFC 224 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 224? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 224? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The perfect way to kick off the main card in Rio de Janeiro, two Brazilian legends square off in an appropriate match-up. They have both seen and done it all but father time is catching up on them so it is good to see them matched up together as opposed to fighting a young gun looking to bag a big name on their record.

They both scraped a win in their last outing after a string of devastating losses. Vitor Belfort surprisingly went to a decision for once against Nate Marquardt and Lyoto Machida managed to squeak a decision of his own over Eryk Anders.

THE PREDICTION

If we see just glimpses of the performances that made them champions then we will be in for a great fight, especially as their styles create fireworks on paper as elite yet contrasting strikers. Belfort is ultra-aggressive and violently hunts the knockout whereas Machida is a karate expert and calmly waits to counter-attack with destructive accuracy.

As they are both at the end of their careers and this could be Belfort’s retirement fight, the Phenom may be intent on putting on a vintage show to please the Brazilian faithful. This will fall into the hands of the Dragon who will look to assassinate the rush attacks.

Winner: Machida via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.