Joaquin Buckley

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Alhassan next up
October 20, 2021
Buckley (eye) will take on Abdul Razak Alhassan in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Jan. 15, reports.
Buckley brought his UFC record to 3-2 with a September victory over Antonio Arroyo and has now earned a post-fight bonus in all three of his UFC victories. He did suffer an eye injury in the Arroyo fight but appears to have since been cleared. Now, in a solid bit of matchmaking, the 27-year-old now faces another knockout artist in Alhassan -- a fighter who has only achieved victory in the UFC by way of first-round stoppage. Both fighters absorb more significant strikes than they receive on average, though Buckley has a slight edge in striking volume, in addition to a three-inch reach advantage.
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Tabbed for 180-day medical ban
September 21, 2021
Buckley has been suspended for 180 days or until he gets medical clearance from a doctor for a left orbital fracture, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Buckley didn't perform particularly well in the bout but did manage to pick up the win thanks to a late TKO of Antonio Arroyo. If he requires the full six months Buckley wouldn't be clear to retake the Octagon until late March.
Wins with late knockout
September 18, 2021
Buckley defeated Antonio Arroyo via KO (punches) at 2:26 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Fresh off a defeat to Alessio Di Chirico this past January in which he entered as a -275 favorite, Buckley appeared to be well on his way to losing a -190 favorite before his trademark power saved him once again. Buckley appeared out of sorts for nearly the entirety of this bout. He leaned on his wrestling far more than usual, and it wasn't successful. Yet, a monumental uppercut connected with Arroyo's jaw midway through the final frame and turned the tide of the fight. Immediately recognizing Arroyo was in trouble, Buckley jumped on top of him and pounded away until referee Mark Smith had seen enough. It was far from a flawless effort, but Buckley got the win he came for. He improves to 3-2 in his brief UFC run. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Taking on Arroyo in September
July 22, 2021
Buckley will face Antonio Arroyo in a middleweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 18, reports.
Buckley caught the eyes of many for his spinning back kick knockout of Impa Kasanganay back in October of 2020. He then knocked out Jordan Wright in November and then was slapped with a KO in January against Alessio Di Chirico. He will be looking to move to 3-2 in the UFC.
Tables turn on Fight Island
January 16, 2021
Buckley lost to Alessio Di Chirico via KO (head kick) at 2:12 of Round 1 at UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
What a disaster. The winner of the consensus 2020 Knockout of the Year for his spinning back kick which floored Impa Kasanganay in October, Buckley found himself on the other side of the ledger on Saturday. It was a shocking result given the fact he was going up against an opponent in Di Chirico who had lost three in a row and was without a victory in nearly two and a half years. Four fights (2-2) into his UFC run, the book on Buckley appears to be pretty straightforward. He's a quality athlete with ridiculous power and a well below-average chin. There is room for improvement given the fact he won't turn 27 years of age until late April, but there isn't much that can be done if a fighter is unable to eat a strike with consistency.
Fight booked with Di Chirico
December 25, 2020
Buckley (shoulder) is slated to face Alessio Di Chirico is a middleweight fight scheduled for Jan. 16 at the UFC's event in Abu Dhabi, Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of USA Today report.
Buckley (12-3-0) was handed a six-month medical suspension in November after injuring his right shoulder in a win over Jordan Wright at UFC 255, but the fact that he'll be back in the Octagon just under two months later suggests he's been cleared by doctors to resume competing. A winner of two straight fights since dropping his promotional debut in August, Buckley will look to keep the momentum going versus Di Chirico (12-5-0), who has lost three consecutive bouts.