Joaquin Buckley become the proud owner of one of, if not the greatest knockout in UFC history earlier this year.
The 26-year-old devastated Impa Kasangnay at Fight Island back in October with a reverse two-touch taekwondo kick and it immediately went viral.
Joaquin Buckley was at it again at UFC 255 with another highlight KO
The UFC tweet with the video of the KO was the most-liked (359,000), most-retweeted (143,000) and most-viewed (12.8 million) tweet in UFC history.
The KO was the focal point of the UFC’s most-watched Instagram video ever with 17.8 million views. Also, across three tweets, three Instagram posts, four Facebook posts and a TikTok, the Buckley knockout video has generated more than 65 million views and 83 million impressions for the UFC to take the middleweight from an unknown to a sensation.
He earned a Performance of the Night bonus in the process of this KO and he was at it again at UFC 255.
Buckley produced another second round stoppage when he faced Jordan Wright, but this time it was with a beautiful left-hand. Check it out below:
Joaquin Buckley has ANOTHER knockout to add to his highlight reel
He finishes Jordan Wright in the second round! #UFC255 pic.twitter.com/N8rSRJZE6s
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) November 22, 2020
Speaking after his original knockout, Buckley was blown away by the response.
“Now people know my name,” laughed Buckley. “The outpouring from thousands of people from all over the world, all messaging me at once… I never expected it to take storm like it did.”
Hip-hop icon Kanye West even wrote a track on the spur of the moment because the kick inspired him so much.
“That was awesome,” said Buckley. “I’m appreciative of Kanye West for throwing that out there. He’s a legend in the hip-hop community and for him to be inspired by my kick and come out with a classy hit like that is pretty cool. I’m grateful.”
It’s not just Joaquin Buckley’s feet people need to worry about
“People have seen me throw that kick before, they’ve seen me practise it,” said Buckley. “Everybody else was shocked – but they were just like ‘about time’.
“I can’t help but run through it, all the time people are tagging me in it. But I’m not really tripping off it. It was just a moment and now it’s time to make another one.”
Joaquin Buckley made it two in a row at UFC 255 and picked up the win