Joaquin Buckley
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Tables turn on Fight Island
MiddleweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Fight booked with Di Chirico
MiddleweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Suffers shoulder injury
MiddleweightUFC
November 23, 2020
Buckley has been suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending a physician's clearance of a right shoulder injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Buckley knocked Jordan Wright out early in Round 2 on Saturday but evidently got banged up in the process. He won't fight again until late May unless cleared by a doctor.
Blasts Jordan Wright in Vegas
MiddleweightUFC
November 21, 2020
Buckley defeated Jordan Wright via KO (punches) at 0:18 of Round 2 at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Terrifying. Buckley was in deep trouble following a knockout loss at the hands of Kevin Holland in his UFC debut this past August but has since scored two highlight-reel knockouts of his own in the span of less than six weeks. Buckley blasted Wright with countless, unanswered power shots late in Round 1. Referee Herb Dean let Wright see the bell, so Buckley went out and knocked him into next week just seconds into Round 2. It was enough to earn Buckley his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus. The obvious concern regarding Buckley going forward is how he's going to look when these power shots aren't landing. Although he refused to mention him by name, Buckley called out fellow Missouri native James Krause in his post-fight interview. Krause never turns down a fight, so don't be surprised if that one gets booked for the early stages of 2021.
Set to fight Wright on Nov. 21
MiddleweightUFC
October 14, 2020
Buckley will fight Jordan Wright at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This will be one of the more intriguing matches of 2020, as Buckley is coming off a fantastic victory over Impa Kasanganay via KO (face kick) at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi last Saturday. On the other hand, Buckley's counterpart, Wright, is currently undefeated with 11 UFC wins. 10 of those victories have come in the first round.
Epic knockout in Abu Dhabi
MiddleweightUFC
October 10, 2020
Buckley defeated Impa Kasanganay via KO (face kick) at 2:03 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
This one is on the short list for Knockout of the Year and will certainly result in Buckley obtaining a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. He fired off a high kick which Kasanganay blocked before immediately adjusting and smashing his opponent with a spinning kick to the face. Referee Kevin Sataki was in proper position, but Kasanganay was out before he hit the mat and there was nothing for Sataki to do. It's a much needed victory for Buckley on the heels of his knockout loss to Kevin Holland in his UFC debut in August. We'll see if this highlight-reel knockout is the start of something big for Buckley.