Tape rankings @ Middleweight
Who won Machida vs Belfort?
Lyoto Machida beat Vitor Belfort by , during the main card of UFC 224, on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Lyoto Machida.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Machida vs Belfort stats
Lyoto Machida stepped into the ring with a record of 23 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Vitor Belfort made his way to the ring with a record of 26 wins, 13 loses and 0 draws, with 18 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Belfort had a large advantage in power over Machida, boosting at 69% knock out percentage over Machida's 39%.
Lyoto Machida was the younger man by 1 year, at 43 years old.
Machida had a height advantage of 1 inch over Belfort. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Machida was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 8 less fights, and made his debut in 2003, 6 year and 6 months later than Belfort, whose first professional fight was in 1996. He had fought 25 more professional rounds, 93 to Belfort's 68.
Machida vs Belfort form
Machida had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 228 on 28th September 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at The Forum, Inglewood, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Chael Sonnen at Bellator 222 on 14th June 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Going into that contest, he had beat Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 213 on 15th December 2018 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu.
Before that, he had defeated Vitor Belfort at UFC 224 on 12th May 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He had won against Eryk Anders at UFC Fight Night 125 on 3rd February 2018 by split decision in their 5 round contest at Mangueirinho Gymnasium, Belem.
Machida's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Belfort's last 2 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 years, 3 months and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 4 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.