The UFC billed it “THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE KO IN UFC HISTORY.” Even if that’s a slight exaggeration, Joaquin “New Mansa” Buckley did put himself in the pantheon of lights-out artists.
Buckley hit a spinning back kick to flatten Impa Kasanganay in the second round of a preliminary bout on the Fight Island 5 card Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
The middleweight from St. Louis raised his lifetime record to 11-3 with eight knockouts.
“He was coming hard, he had heavy pressure, so I said,’ Why not just throw it?’ And I got it. I landed,” Buckley said in his postfight interview in the Octagon.
His electrifying combination power and precision lit up MMA Twitter:
I mean I’ve seen some shit in mma, but that may be the craziest knockout ever!!!! Dude got some bonus money coming his way!!!!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 10, 2020
I fought Buckley as an amateur.. not proud to admit it, but he knocked me out cold too. Dude has insane power! 😩😂
— Brandon Karcher (@Brandon_Karcher) October 10, 2020
Been watching MMA for almost 20 years now. That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen 🥳
— Agreenz (@kelvahkarain) October 10, 2020
Yeah man! One of the craziest finishes I’ve ever seen! It was like something out of a video game!
— Tony Gravely (@tonygravely135) October 11, 2020
The kick also was a big hit with UFC president Dana White, who surprised Buckley with a postfight visit while the fighter was waiting to be interviewed again.
Buckley did not receive “all the bonuses,” which is what Twitter wanted White to give him, but he was awarded $50,000 for a Performance of the Night. He was angling for double that right after the fight, however.
“Make that $100,000, because that was a Fight of the Night, too,” he said in the Octagon interview.
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