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Joaquin Buckley followed up brilliant Fight Night move last week by returning to work at US pharmacy


Joaquin Buckley followed up sensational UFC knockout kick against Impa Kasanganay last weekend… by returning to work at his Walgreens pharmacy branch in America despite collecting £57,000 in prize money

  • Joaquin Buckley pulled off a brilliant flying air kick at Fight Night last weekend
  • The American’s stunning move knocked out Impa Kasanganay in Abu Dhabi
  • Buckley returned to work at his American Walgreens pharmacy branch this week
  • The 26-year-old works there for extra money as a shift leader for the company 

UFC star Joaquin Buckley celebrated pulling off one of the greatest MMA knockouts in history – by going back to work at his American pharmacy. 

The American fighter produced a stunning flying air kick to knock out Impa Kasanganay in the middleweight clash in last weekend’s Fight Island clashes which went viral across the MMA community. 

Buckley picked up around £57,000 in prize money from the stunning win in Abu Dhabi over Kasanganay, but still works at Walgreens pharmacy back home in the United States. 

Joaquin Buckley (right) pulled off a stunning flying kick last weekend to beat Impa Kasanganay

Joaquin Buckley (right) pulled off a stunning flying kick last weekend to beat Impa Kasanganay

But the New Mansa returned to his Walgreens pharmacy job back home in America this week

But the New Mansa returned to his Walgreens pharmacy job back home in America this week 

Speaking to Kevin Iole, the 26-year-old said of his second job: ‘I got free time so I might as well be making money. 

‘I’m just a shift lead so I run the night shift there. So I just make sure that everybody stays happy, man. You know, give them some points if they get mad.’

Seconds before Buckley pulled of the sensational winning move in the octagon, the American fighter looked in a spot of bother as Kasanganay grabbed hold of ‘The New Mansa’s’ left ankle. 

With one foot out of action, Buckley showed incredible athleticism to swing a his right foot around his body to strike Kasanganay, who collapsed to the floor sparking wild celebrations in the 26-year-old’s camp. 

Kasanganay (left) managed to grab hold of Buckley's ankle just seconds before losing the fight

Kasanganay (left) managed to grab hold of Buckley’s ankle just seconds before losing the fight

But Buckley pulled off a stunning athletic move to strike down his opponent and win the fight

But Buckley pulled off a stunning athletic move to strike down his opponent and win the fight

On social media, Justin Gaethje described the action as ‘the best KO of 2020’ while UFC icon Nate Diaz also applauded the move online. 

Daniel Cormier added: ‘I mean I’ve seen some s*** in MMA, but that may be the craziest knockout ever!!!! Dude got some bonus money coming his way!!!!’ 

It is reported that out of Buckley’s £57,000 prize money from the win, £38,000 was performance-related which could be put down to that move alone.

Kasanganay (above) was crestfallen after the contest and was clearly hurt on impact

Kasanganay (above) was crestfallen after the contest and was clearly hurt on impact

Some of UFC's biggest stars congratulated Buckley for the stunning victory in Abu Dhabi

Some of UFC’s biggest stars congratulated Buckley for the stunning victory in Abu Dhabi

Speaking about the fight-winning strike, Buckley said: ‘It (his face) was just open. I saw that he still had my legs, I was still able to balance with him grabbing my foot, so I just spun and kicked. 

‘I aimed and I fire and it got the result we needed. I know I landed flush, I didn’t know if I knocked him out though until he locked up and I said it was game over.

‘I train it all the time, the only thing that was different was him holding my leg, but I practice it all the time.’

Buckley is ranked at 47 in the middleweight class, with 11 wins from his 14 MMA career fights. 

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