Joaquin Buckley didn’t need a spider’s tool to stop Jordan Wright – just heavy hands to add another clip to his highlight role at UFC 255 on Saturday.
Buckley injured Wright at the end of the first round of his preliminary round game and quit the job 18 seconds into the second round for his second knockout win in a row.
A left hook took Wright off his feet and a second shot hit him on the way down as Referee Herb Dean stepped in to end the fight.
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Wright made good use of himself against Buckley at first and hushed himself up when his opponent dropped large bombs nearby. « The Beverly Hills Ninja » even managed to measure a couple of well-placed counters when Buckley’s wide hooks exposed him. Neither of the two fighters got too creative with attacks, preferring to face each other rather than trying something too flashy.
Rather than swinging for the stands right away, Buckley tied Wright down for some strength before increasing the pace with his swing. At the end of the opening frame, he found his way onto a series of hooks that Wright used to dive after a takedown. If there were a few seconds left Wright likely would not have survived.
By the time the second frame started, it was clear that Wright hadn’t completely cleared his head and he went straight to the path of the blow that took him off his feet. It was his first loss as a professional.
Buckley, meanwhile, took his second UFC win after a setback in his debut against Kevin Holland. He then got heated when he called for a fight with online rival James Krause in January, whom he refused to name. 23.
Ultimate Fighting Championship, Mixed Martial Arts
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