It’s very possible Joaquin Buckley changed his life in the early hours of Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi.
The UFC middleweight landed an absolute pearler of a spinning back kick to knockout Impa Kasanganay in their preliminary fight at UFC Fight Island 5, and within a matter of moments the entire sequence was going viral across the internet.
Indeed, so widespread did the clip go, it became the most shared on official UFC channels in history.
— UFC (@ufc) October 10, 2020
If the strike itself wasn’t enough to take home, Buckley was given a $50,000 performance bonus — one awarded to him in person by UFC president in a segment seen on the live broadcast.
“Aw naw, you gonna make me cry,” Buckley said as the boss approached.
“I always talk about when you’re on a card, right?” White said. “How do you stand out? My phone is blowing up. Kevin Iole fucked hit me up for a quote because he’s already doing a story on you. Everybody is saying, ‘Just give him $200,000 tonight. Give him every bonus.’ Nobody has ever seen anything like that. Sean Shelby texted me and said, ‘Write him a check right now for $50,000 and go give it to him before he gets out of there.
"Aw naw, you gonna make me cry."
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 11, 2020