Joaquin Buckley
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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.
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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.
Gets new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
September 26, 2020
Buckley will now fight Impa Kasanganay at the UFC event Oct. 10, Jon Anik of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Buckley's original opponent, Abu Azaitar, was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. Buckley is making his first appearance since a loss against Kevin Holland back in August.
Booked against Azaitar
MiddleweightUFC
August 22, 2020
Buckley has been booked to take on Abu Azaitar in a middleweight matchup scheduled for Oct. 10, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Buckley is coming off a loss in his debut UFC fight to Kevin Holland via a Round 3 TKO. He will look to bounce back against Azaitar, who just defeated Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 134, and now sports a 14-1-1 MMA record.
Stopped in Round 3
MiddleweightUFC
August 9, 2020
Buckley lost to Kevin Holland via TKO (punch) at 0:32 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Buckley looked to be game in his UFC debut, but it was clear who the better fighter here was. Buckley tended to load up on all of his shots and could have done some damage, but Holland was patient and evasive while looking to counter. By the time the final blow landed, Holland had the edge in significant strikes by a count of 79 to 40, while also being credited with two knockdowns. Buckley failed on both of his takedown attempts. Despite the loss, Buckley is exciting enough that the UFC may consider taking another look. The deck was definitely stacked against him here as the biggest betting underdog on the card (+380).
Fighting Holland in UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
August 3, 2020
Buckley will face Kevin Holland at the UFC event on August 8, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Buckley will make his UFC debut on short notice after Kevin Holland had to push his fight back one week. Buckley notched a pair of knockout fights in his past two wins in LFA.