As Fight Night cards go, UFC Fight Island 5 on Saturday was one of those events that looked questionable on paper — and punched way above its weight class. Look no further than the preliminary card fight between Joaquin Buckley and Impa Kasanganay for evidence thereof. Buckley pretty much entered the Matrix to pull off a jumping spinning back kick, a kick that landed flush to the face of “King” Impa.
The fact that Buckley pulled off the feat off a caught kick was even more impressive. End result, a Knockout of the Year contender that was miles ahead of the rest of the pack.
Finishes by Tom Aspinall, Chris Daukaus, and Tom Breese certainly didn’t hurt things. Though even if every other fight stunk up the joint (don’t worry, they didn’t), the card would have been worth watching for Buckley’s kick alone.
Of course, then there was the main event, which saw a key fight go down in the bantamweight division. That saw former WSOF champ Marlon Moraes going up against Cory Sandhagen, who entered the bout looking to rebound from a loss against Aljamain Sterling.
Following the event, tune in for the post-fight press conference, expected to feature the main event winner, Dana White, and other key players. The official live stream can be viewed above.