‘I mean I’ve seen some s*** in MMA, but that may be the CRAZIEST knockout ever’: Joaquin Buckley hailed by Daniel Cormier and fellow UFC stars for incredible KO by unleashing stunning spinning kick on Impa Kasanganay
- Joaquin Buckley was locked in an even fight with Impa Kasangany in Abu Dhabi
- The advantage appeared to be with Kasanganay as he grabbed Buckley’s ankle
- But the American, 26, with stunning technique spun and performed a heel kick
- Kasanganay looked startled as the crowd and commentators went into a frenzy
Joaquin Buckley’s produced one of the most incredible knockouts in UFC history after a mesmerising spinning kick put a devastating end to his fight with Impa Kasanganay and drew praise from the likes of Daniel Cormier.
The duo were battling out what was proving to be a very even contest in Abu Dhabi when Kasanganay grabbed hold of Buckley’s ankle.
Nevertheless, Buckley was not alarmed and courtesy of some unbelievable technique he spun to his left and performed a brutal heel kick into the face of Kasanganay which knocked out his opponent flat on the canvas of the octagon.
Joaquin Buckley performed a stunning knockout of Impa Kasanganay with a brutal spin kick
The heel kick came after his ankle was grabbed, but his incredible technique saw him pull it off
The two fighters were battling out what was proving to be a very even contest on Fight Island
And speaking after the fight, retired MMA star Cormier posted on Twitter: ‘I mean I’ve seen some s*** in MMA, but that may be the craziest knockout ever!!!! Dude got some bonus money coming his way!!!!’.
In contrasting scenes to Kasangany lying on the floor, cheers were heard around the octagon and commentators went into a frenzy having been left aghast and in shock at what they had just seen as Buckley went over to his camp to celebrate.
Current UFC stars Justin Gaethje and Israel Adesanya were also left amazed at the decisive kick, with the Gaethje writing: ‘Wow we just witnessed the best KO of 2020,’ while the Adesanya added: ‘That move. That’s 50 G’s!’
But things appeared to get interesting when Kasanganay grabbed hold of Buckley’s ankle
But just moments later Kasanganay had fallen flat on the floor and looked visibly shaken
While he lay on the floor Buckley celebrated and fellow stars congratulated him on the kick
Adesanya’s comment appeared to refer to the kick being worth $50,000 (£38,000), but speaking after his unforgettable win, Buckley, 26, reportedly confirmed he wanted $100,000 (£76,000) in bonuses from Dana White.
As reported by talkSPORT, Buckley said: ‘The boss just told me that he wants to give me all of the bonuses, so I’m welcome to it, I want all of it.
‘To be honest with you, it’s surreal; a cloud came over my head when he was talking to me, so I couldn’t hear nothing, but once that money came in, once he talked about that, then it cleared up a little bit.
Buckley was visibly ecstatic at pulling off the stunning move resulting in the knockout victory
‘But it’s awesome, it’s surreal that Dana White came over and talked to me.’
On the kick itself, Buckley is quoted as saying: ‘It was just open. I seen that he still had my legs, I was still able to balance with him grabbing my foot, so I just spun and kicked.
‘I aimed and I fired and it got the result we needed. I know I landed flush, I didn’t know if I knocked him out though until he locked up and I said it was game over.
‘I train it all the time, the only thing that was different was him holding my leg, but I practice it all the time.’
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