Many fans were quick to hail Joaquin Buckley’s freakish spinning back kick at UFC Fight Island 5 as the greatest knockout in UFC history, so it should be no surprise that this was voted The Body Lock’s Knockout of the Year for 2020.
Buckley’s knockout win against Impa Kasanganay was everything that an award-winning knockout should be: creative, violent, and simply unforgettable.
Four of six members here at The Body Lock considered Buckley’s KO as the best of the year. Other first-place votes came in for Kevin Holland’s vicious knockout against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Mamed Khalidov’s exquisite knockout against Scott Askham.
Full results for The Body Lock’s 2020 Knockout of the Year award:
- Joaquin Buckley def. Kasanganay (16)
- Kevin Holland def. Souza (6)
- Mamed Khalidov def. Askham (5)
In a video posted to The Body Lock’s YouTube channel, Ant Walker and Patrick Auger discussed Joaquin Buckley’s fantastic knockout and how it compares to the rest of the competition, including Kevin Holland’s stunning knockout of “Jacare” and Mamed Khalidov’s beautiful knockout.
- Walker voted Holland (#1), Buckley (#2), and Garbrandt (#3)
- Auger voted Buckley (#1), Khalidov (#2), and Pereira (#3)
Walker speaks to the rarity of Holland’s knockout and that’s why he rated it higher than the Buckley KO. We’ve seen plenty of spinning kick knockouts in the UFC but we’ve never really seen a fighter knock someone out from their back like that. He believes it was the most amazing sequence of mixed martial arts in 2020.
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.