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Joaquin Buckley

American mixed martial arts fighter

Joaquin Buckley
Born (1994-04-27) April 27, 1994 (age 26)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Other namesNew Mansa
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) [1]
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Reach76.0 in (193 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofSt. Louis, Missouri
TeamFinney's HIT Squad
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout9
By decision3
By knockout2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Joaquin Buckley (born April 27, 1994) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Starting his career in 2014, Buckley compiled a 10–2 record fighting for Shamrock FC, Bellator MMA, and Legacy Fighting Alliance. During that time, he most notably faced Logan Storley on April 13, 2018 at Bellator 197. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[3] After two straight TKO wins in LFA, Buckley was signed to the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Buckley made his UFC debut against Kevin Holland on August 8, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 174.[4] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.[5]

A middleweight bout between Abu Azaitar and Buckley was expected to take place on October 11, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen.[6] However, Azaitar pulled out on September 26 due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Impa Kasanganay.[7] Buckley won the fight in spectacular fashion via spinning back kick after Impa had caught one of his kicks. For this knockout, Buckley not only earned the Performance of the Night bonus, but the video of his knockout win went viral on the internet. The UFC tweet with the video was the most-liked (359,000), most-retweeted (143,000) and most-viewed (12.8 million) tweet in UFC history. The knockout became the UFC's most-watched Instagram video ever with over 17.8 million views. Across three tweets, three Instagram posts, four Facebook posts and a TikTok video, the Buckley knockout video has generated more than 65 million views and 83 million impressions for the UFC.[8] Rapper Kanye West even used the footage of the knockout to promote the release of a new song.[9]

In a quick return to the Octagon, Buckley faced Jordan Wright at UFC 255 on November 21, 2020.[10] He won the fight via knockout in round two.[11] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[12]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
15 matches 12 wins 3 losses
By knockout 9 2
By decision 3 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–3 Jordan Wright KO (punches) UFC 255 November 21, 2020 2 0:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 11–3 Impa Kasanganay KO (spinning back kick) UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen October 11, 2020 2 2:03 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Performance of the Night.
Loss 10–3 Kevin Holland TKO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik August 8, 2020 3 0:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Jackie Gosh TKO (punches) LFA 87 July 31, 2020 2 1:47 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Win 9–2 Chris Harris TKO (punches) LFA 76 September 13, 2019 1 1:08 Park City, Kansas, United States Middleweight debut.
Loss 8–2 Logan Storley Decision (unanimous) Bellator 197 April 13, 2018 3 5:00 St. Charles, Missouri, United States
Win 8–1 Vinicius de Jesus Decision (split) Bellator 185 October 20, 2017 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 7–1 Justin Patterson Decision (unanimous) Bellator 175 March 31, 2017 3 5:00 Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Loss 6–1 Jackie Gosh TKO (punches) Bellator 164 November 10, 2016 2 2:44 Tel Aviv, Israel
Win 6–0 Chris Heatherly KO (Knee) Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 June 24, 2016 2 4:14 St. Louis, Missouri, United States Catchweight (180 lb) bout.
Win 5–0 Kyle Kurtz TKO (knee and punches) Shamrock FC: Fuel September 11, 2015 1 4:34 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 4–0 Stacy Bacon Decision (unanimous) Shamrock FC: Throwdown July 25, 2015 3 5:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 3–0 Kalel Robinson TKO (punches) Shamrock FC: Showdown March 21, 2015 3 4:01 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 2–0 Bryant West TKO (punches) Shamrock FC: Xtreme Fight Night 2 February 21, 2015 1 2:28 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 1–0 Wesley Sullivan TKO (punches) Shamrock FC: Nemesis September 13, 2014 1 3:46 St. Louis, Missouri, United States Welterweight debut.


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