Joaquin Yuconri Buckley[1] (born April 27, 1994) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2014, he has also formerly competed for Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Joaquin Buckley
Joaquin Buckley in 2022
BornJoaquin Yuconri Buckley[1]
(1994-04-27) April 27, 1994 (age 29)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Other namesNew Mansa
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionMiddleweight (2019-2022)
Welterweight (2014-2018, 2023-present)
Reach76.0 in (193 cm)[3]
Fighting out ofSt. Louis, Missouri
TeamFinney's MMA (2012–present)[4]
Murcielago MMA (2020–present)[5]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout12
By decision4
By knockout4
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background Edit

Buckley was born and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.[6] His father never in the picture, Joaquin and his mother lived in his grandmother's house for the most part of his youth.[6] Joaquin's mother passed away due to a heart condition when he was in the sixth grade.[6] He started wrestling in Marquette High School, growing interested in mixed martial arts and eventually started training in it after graduating.[6][4]

Mixed martial arts career Edit

Early career Edit

Starting his professional 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.[7] After two straight TKO wins in LFA, Buckley was signed to the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship Edit

Buckley made his UFC debut against Kevin Holland on August 8, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 174, just one week after picking up a win in LFA.[8] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.[9]

A middleweight bout between Abu Azaitar and Joaquin Buckley was expected to take place on October 11, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen.[10] However, Azaitar pulled out on September 26 due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Impa Kasanganay.[11] He won the bout via knockout in two in highlight reel fashion, delivering a jumping spinning back kick after Kasangany had caught one of his kicks, knocking him out cold. 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.[12] Rapper Kanye West even used the footage of the knockout to promote the release of a new song.[13]

In a quick return to the Octagon, Buckley faced Jordan Wright at UFC 255 on November 21, 2020.[14] He won the fight via knockout in round two.[15] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[16]

Buckley faced Alessio Di Chirico on January 16, 2021 at UFC on ABC 1.[17] He lost the fight in the first round via a head kick knockout.[18]

Buckley faced Antônio Arroyo on September 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann.[19] He won the fight via knockout in round three.[20] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[21]

Buckley was scheduled to face Abdul Razak Alhassan on January 15, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 32.[22] However, the pairing was cancelled after Alhassan withdrew for undisclosed reasons[23] and the pair was rescheduled to UFC Fight Night 201.[24] Buckley won the fight via split decision.[25]

Buckley was scheduled to face Abusupiyan Magomedov on June 4, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 207.[26] However, the bout was cancelled for unknown reasons.[27]

Buckley faced Albert Duraev on June 18, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 37.[27] He won the fight via TKO before the third round after the ringside doctor stopped the fight due to Duraev's eye swelling shut.[28] This win earned him his fourth Performance of the Night award.[29]

Buckley faced Nassourdine Imavov on September 3, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 209.[30] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[31]

Buckley faced Chris Curtis on December 10, 2022 at UFC 282.[32] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round two.[33]

Buckley faced André Fialho on May 20, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 223.[34] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[35]

Championships and accomplishments Edit

^ Voting period for 2021 awards ran through July 2020 to July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mixed martial arts record Edit

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 16 wins 6 losses
By knockout 12 4
By decision 4 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–6 André Fialho TKO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Hill May 20, 2023 2 4:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Welterweight.
Loss 15–6 Chris Curtis KO (punches) UFC 282 December 10, 2022 2 2:49 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–5 Nassourdine Imavov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Tuivasa September 3, 2022 3 5:00 Paris, France
Win 15–4 Albert Duraev TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Emmett June 18, 2022 2 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 14–4 Abdul Razak Alhassan Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Walker vs. Hill February 19, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–4 Antônio Arroyo KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann September 18, 2021 3 2:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 12–4 Alessio Di Chirico KO (head kick) UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar January 16, 2021 1 2:12 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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


See also Edit

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