UFC 129 Results: Lyoto Machida knocks out Randy Couture with a Crane KickPosted on April 30, 2011, 09:46 PM by Anton Gurevich
In one of the most spectacular moments in Mixed Martial Arts history, Lyoto Machida defeated Randy Couture with a jumping front kick.
The fight started with Randy Couture controlling the pace, chasing the fellow former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion around the Octagon. However, Couture was unable to get a hold of Machida, and to eventually utilize his gameplan. Machida was sharp, executing perfect striking combinations which prevented from "The Natural" to close distance.
Second round of the fight continued the same pattern. Randy Couture was cautiously stalking Machida, once again controlling the Octagon. The highlight reel moment came at the 1:00 minute mark, with Lyoto Machida delivering a devastating jumping front kick. Couture was immediately knocked down senseless, as the referee had to jump in to stop the contest.
In his post-fight interview, Randy Couture announced his retirement stating that we won't see him again inside the Octagon. It was a great career of a tremendous athlete and a unique human being, which couldn't have a bigger and a more spectacular ending for its conclusion.
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