Joaquin Buckley scored one of the most impressive knockouts in UFC history on Fight Island as he dispatched Impa Kasanganay with a spinning heel kick.
The organisation returned to Abu Dhabi in the hope of entertaining fans and Buckley has delivered a KO many believe to be one of the best in the company’s history.
Buckley was locked in a back and forth contest, (which could well win ‘Fight of The Night’) and found his ankle locked and with his back to Kasanganay.
However, using incredible technique and tae-kwon-do skills, ‘New Mansa’ unleashed a stunning spinning kick which span Kasanganay’s eyes round in his head.
As ‘Tshilobo’ fell despondently to the canvas, the cheers echoing around ‘Flash Forum’ on Fight Island will have been heard for miles as commentators and coaches alike joined in the celebrations.
Speaking after the bout, the 26-year-old American confirmed he wanted $100,000 in bonuses from Dana White.
He said: “The boss just told me that he wants to give me all of the bonuses, so I’m welcome to it, I want all of it. To be honest with you, it’s surreal; a cloud came over my head when he was talking to me, so I couldn’t hear nothing, but once that money came in, once he talked about that, then it cleared up a little bit. But it’s awesome, it’s surreal that Dana White came over and talked to me.
“It was just open. I seen that he still had my legs, I was still able to balance with him grabbing my foot, so I just spun and kicked. I aimed and I fire and it got the result we needed. I know I landed flush, I didn’t know if I knocked him out though until he locked up and I said it was game over. I train it all the time, the only thing that was different was him holding my leg, but I practice it all the time.
“It’s been cool, the first two, three days were cool, but then after a while, just being trapped and isolated, I was ready to fight. But it’s a beautiful place; they welcomed us with great warmth, just kept us safe and kept us pleased, so it was wonderful.”