Sure, both men are well and truly past their respective primes at this stage but with the meeting of such iconic figures comes an expectation that the resulting bout will deliver something that lives up to the heights these guys have reached.
MMA icon Vitor Belfort has officially retired, leaving his gloves in the Octagon after being knocked out by fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro. They were clearly respectful of each other's finishing prowess, which was evident by the finish in the second round.
The finishing kick was eerily similar to the one Machida landed on Randy Couture in what turned out to be the last time "The Natural" stepped foot in an Octagon at UFC 129 in 2011.
Dern is one of the most hyped prospects to arrive in the sport in some time - a 25-year-old, multi-time Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion with a flawless 6-0 record - and she's jumping back into the cage two months after her promotional debut in a tough contest against Amanda Cooper, a scrappy, more experienced fighter. Entering that fight, Belfort had dropped four of his previous five bouts beginning with his title fight loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 187, and it's been painfully clear for quite some time that the Brazilian no longer possesses the tools that once made him a feared knockout artist.
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"Michael Bisping, I'm still waiting for you". "So, I would like this fight because Michael Bisping is a former champion, and this is a fight that could happen in the future". It's another fight that could have happened and did not.
Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12 and went on to become the UFC light heavyweight champion. I want this fight. He confirmed this in his Octagon interview. "Before you retire, you've got to fight me first".
Thanks for the memories, Vitor.