Middleweights Joaquin Buckley, Abdul Razak Alhassan to Meet on Jan. 15

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 20, 2021

A matchup of middleweight knockout artists is on tap for an Ultimate Fighting Championship event on Jan. 15, as Joaquin Buckley will lock horns with Abdul Razak Alhassan.

Multiple outlets confirmed the booking following an initial report by MMA Ideas. The card is headlined by a featherweight showdown between Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze but does not yet have an official venue or location.

Buckley rose to prominence on the strength of a 2020 “Knockout of the Year” victory against Impa Kasanganay at UFC Fight Night 179. The 27-year-old Missouri native is 3-2 in the Las Vegas-based promotion, with additional KO wins against Jordan Wright and Antonio Arroyo to his credit.

Alhassan, meanwhile snapped a three-bout skid with a 17-second head kick knockout of Alessio Di Chirico at UFC on ESPN 30 on Aug. 28. The 36-year-old Fortis MMA product won four of his first five Octagon outings — all inside of a round — before dropping successive fights against Mounir Lazzez, Kalinn Williams and Jacob Malkoun.

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