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Joaquin Buckley beats Impa Kasanganay with UFC knockout of the year

This is the best KO we’ve seen in mixed martial arts in some time.

Joaquin Buckley celebrates his KO victory over Impa Kasanganay in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside 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

It’s safe to say Joaquin Buckley is going to take home the $50,000 bonus for knockout of the night this evening.

Buckley beat Impa Kasanganay at UFC Fight Island 5 via second round knockout, and it was an impressive move. Buckley unleashed a roundhouse that Kasanganay blocked with relative ease. Kasanganay held on to Buckley’s foot, and so the latter leverage that into an unbelievable spinning back kick with a bit of a jump.

You’ll for sure find this on the list of the most impressive knockouts ever in the octagon.

Buckley was 11-3 in his MMA career entering this fight, and lost his only UFC fight to this point when he was stopped by Kevin Holland on August 8th. But any doubts about his status in the promotion were ended before Kasanganay hit the mat.

For a fighter on the fringes of the promotion, an additional $50,000 can be very helpful, and Dana White can go ahead and hit send on that direct deposit immediately because this isn’t being topped. The first four fights on tonight’s card went the distance, but ESPN+ subscribers certainly got their money’s worth during the fifth bout.