Joaquin Buckley definitely knows how to deliver a highlight reel finish.
Following a pair of stunning knockouts to cap off his 2020, Buckley returned on Saturday at UFC Vegas 37 where he flattened Antonio Arroyo with a combinations of punches that ended with an uppercut that put the down on the canvas where he remained for several moments. The stoppage came at 2:26 in the third round as Buckley earned the TKO victory.
“That was a beautiful fight between me and Antonio,” Buckley said while paying homage to his opponent. “I was just swinging, I was just throwing. Coach told me to keep bobbing and weaving and we got it done.”
After watching Buckley get knocked out in his last fight by a head kick, Arroyo was looking for the same kind of ending as he kept flicking out his right leg with several near misses in the opening round. While Buckley was throwing with a lot of power behind his punches, Arroyo was doing a good job sitting down on his counter strikes as he did his best to avoid the flurries coming from his opponent.
Aware of Arroyo’s game plan, Buckley was constantly moving forward and closing the distance to make the kicks that much harder for him to land. Buckley was consistently throwing more strikes but it was Arroyo who was landing with better power and doing more damage including a perfectly timed jumping knee that appeared to land flush.
To his credit, Buckley ate the shot and worked into the clinch to avoid any further damage.
As the fight moved into the third round, Buckley was still swinging with bad intentions and throwing with a lot more volume than Arroyo, who was seemingly looking for the one perfect shot.
The ability to throw combinations really paid off once Buckley unleashed a huge hook that appeared to rattle Arroyo momentarily and that’s when he threw the uppercut that ultimately brought an end to the contest. Once Arroyo fell to the canvas, the fight was stopped immediately as Buckley began to celebrate following his third UFC win by knockout.
Buckley has yet to see the judges’ scorecards in his UFC career and now that he’s back in the win column he’ll look to build on this latest victory when he books his next fight in the octagon.