Joaquin Buckley became the proud owner of one, if not the biggest knockout in UFC history earlier this year.
The 26-year-old devastated Impa Kasangnay at Fight Island in October with a two-touch taekwondo reverse kick and he immediately went viral.
The UFC tweet with the video of the knockout was the most liked (359,000), most retweeted (143,000) and most viewed (12.8 million) tweet in UFC history.
The knockout was the focal point of the UFC’s most viewed Instagram video with 17.8 million views. Additionally, across three tweets, three Instagram posts, four Facebook posts, and a TikTok, the Buckley knockout video generated over 65 million views and 83 million impressions for the UFC to pass the average weight of a. unknown to a sensation.
He earned a Performance of the Night bonus in the process of that knockout and was again at UFC 255.
Buckley produced another save in the second round when he faced Jordan Wright, but this time it was with a nice left hand. Check it out below:
Speaking after his original knockout, Buckley was blown away by the response.
“Now people know my name, ”Buckley said with a laugh. “The outpouring of thousands of people all over the world, all conveying messages to me at once… I didn’t expect her to storm like she did.”
Hip-hop icon Kanye West even wrote a spur of the moment track because the kick inspired him so much.
“It was awesome,” Buckley said. “I appreciate Kanye West for throwing this over 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 am grateful.”