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World stunned by ‘most unbelievable KO in UFC history’

Fights fans reckon Joaquin Buckley may have pulled off the greatest knockout in UFC history.The 26-year-old delivered a spectacular spinning back kick to the head to floor Impa Kasanganay in Round 2 of their bout on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.Watch UFC action with ESPN on KAYO. Stream full Fight Night events live plus…

Fights fans reckon Joaquin Buckley may have pulled off the greatest knockout in UFC history.

The 26-year-old delivered a spectacular spinning back kick to the head to floor Impa Kasanganay in Round 2 of their bout on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

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Kasanganay blocked an attempted kick and grabbed Buckley’s left ankle, but the American worked his way out of the jam with a move that stunned the world.

A common theme emerged in the frenzied reaction that followed.

ESPN commentator Dan Hardy called it “the most spectacular knockout we have ever seen” while renowned MMA reporter Ariel Helwani was spruiking the KO as the best of the century.

Combat sports analyst and podcaster Luke Thomas tweeted: “That’s one of the best KOs in UFC history.”

Sports writer Sam Vecenie said: “That Joaquin Buckley knockout is one of the best I’ve ever seen in the UFC. Oh my god.

“I honestly didn’t know people could do this outside of movie fight choreography. What in the world.”

MMA writer Jose Youngs added: “OH. MY. GOD. Joaquin Buckley just scored one of the most spectacular headkick knockouts I have ever seen.”

ESPN’s Marc Raimondi wrote: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before in MMA. Take a bow, Joaquin Buckley. KO of the Year candidate.”

The UFC’s official Twitter account called it “the most unbelievable KO in UFC history” while president Dana White asked his 5.4 million followers: “Is this the greatest KO in UFC history?”

Heavyweight Daniel Cormier also chimed in. “I mean I’ve seen some s**t in MMA, but that may be the craziest knockout ever!!!! Dude got some bonus money coming his way!!!!” he wrote.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, White said the UFC’s tweet of Buckley’s KO is the most retweeted clip in the promotion’s history. It surged past Conor McGregor’s finish of Donald Cerrone in January, which was retweeted 27,000 times.

The violence kept coming on the preliminary card as Chris Daukaus nailed Rodrigo Nascimento with a left hook then followed up with a flurry of punches and elbows to the head that forced the referee to call their fight off after just 45 seconds.

Next up was Tom Breese, who knocked KB Bhullar down early in Round 1 with a jab, then finished the fight off on the ground.

RESULTS

Main Card

Cory Sandhagen defeated Marlon Moraes via TKO (R2, 1:03)

Edson Barboza defeated Makwan Amirkhani via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)

Marcin Tybura defeated Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (29-27 x 3)

Dricus Du Plessis defeated Markus Perez via KO (R1, 3:22)

Tom Aspinall defeated Alan Baudot via TKO (R1, 1:35)

Ilia Topuria defeated Youssef Zalal via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

Preliminary Card

Tom Breese defeated KB Bhullar via TKO (R1, 1:42)

Chris Daukaus defeated Rodrigo Nascimento via KO (R1, 0:45)

Joaquin Buckley defeated Impa Kasanganay via KO (R2, 2:03)

Tony Kelley defeated Ali Alqaisi via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)

Giga Chikadze defeated Omar Morales via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Tracy Cortez defeated Stephanie Egger via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Tagir Ulanbekov defeated Bruno Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)

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