Craziest KO ever? Joaquin Buckley obliterates opponent with absurd spinning back kick
There have been many dramatic and devastating KOs in MMA history, but few have been as remarkable and forceful as Joaquin Buckley's knock-back against Impa Kasanganay on Saturday at UFC Fight Island 5 in Abu Dhabi.
Shortly after the middle of the second round of a stellar middleweight bout, Buckley threw a left kick against the body that Kasanganay had caught.
When Kasanganay held Buckley's foot, Buckley twisted and turned 360 degrees and when he returned to his starting point, he kicked Kasanganay with his other foot directly in Kasanganay's face. Kasanganay fell back dead and referee Kevin Sataki immediately waved it off.
UFC President Dana White, who was watching in the background in his locker room, said it had broken out.
"We were just talking about whether we should give him all the bonuses now," White told Yahoo Sports over the phone from Buckley.
The knockout is one of the best placements in MMA history. One of the best UFC / WEC results, alongside Anthony "Showtime" Pettis' Showtime, is the starting shot against Benson Henderson in the last WEC fight of all time. Gabriel Gonzaga's headbutt KO from Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic; Edson Barboza's headbutt KO of Terry Etim; Uriah Hall's setback KO Adam Cella on "The Ultimate Fighter"; and Yves Edwards' KO Josh Thomson at UFC 49.
"The level of athleticism it takes to do what he's done is insane," said White.
Buckley opened the fight strong, attacking Kasanganay with a series of punches and landing several hooks that injured him.
But that was nothing compared to the goal.
"We drill to kill, but I've never landed that in a fight," said Buckley after the win in the cage.
Few had ever done this. This one will be part of the UFC highlight roles for years, if not decades.
(R-L) Joaquin Buckley knocks out Middleweight Impa Kasanganay during the UFC Fight Night event at the Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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