|Born|| (1994-04-27) April 27, 1994|
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
|Other names||New Mansa|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) |
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||76.0 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Team||Finney's HIT Squad|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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
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. After two straight TKO wins in LFA, Buckley was signed to the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Buckley made his UFC debut against Kevin Holland on August 8, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 174. He lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.
A middleweight bout between Abu Azaitar and Buckley was expected to take place on October 11, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen. However, Azaitar pulled out on September 26 due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Impa Kasanganay. 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. Rapper Kanye West even used the footage of the knockout to promote the release of a new song.
In a quick return to the Octagon, Buckley faced Jordan Wright at UFC 255 on November 21, 2020. He won the fight via knockout in round two. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|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.|