MMA Preview – Vitor Belfort vs Lyoto Machida at UFC 224


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?



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.


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.