Joaquin Buckley Gets Quick Turnaround After Viral KO, Meets Jordan Wright at UFC 255

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 15, 2020


Joaquin Buckley won’t have to wait too long to capitalize on the momentum of his “Knockout of the Year” contender at UFC Fight Night 179.

According to ESPN, Buckley will square off against Jordan Wright in a middleweight bout at UFC 255 on Nov. 21. The card is expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a flyweight title bout between Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez.

Buckley went viral with his spinning back kick KO of Impa Kasanganay on Oct. 10 in Abu Dhabi. The LFA and Bellator MMA veteran debuted in the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 174, where he suffered a third-round TKO loss to Kevin Holland. “New Mansa” 11-3 with eight KO/TKO wins over the course of his pro career.

Wright, meanwhile, is unbeaten in 12 professional outings, though a TKO loss to Anthony Hernandez on Season 2 of the Contender Series was overturned to a no contest. “The Beverly Hills Ninja” made his promotional debut at UFC on ESPN 15, where he scored a doctor stoppage victory over Isaac Villanueva on Aug. 22.

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