Waking up within the referee’s arms will not be a perfect end result for any UFC fighter within the octagon. Like a damage baby that has fallen to the bottom, the referee turns into a brief MMA guardian, telling the fighter to be nonetheless and whispering that ‘every part goes to be okay.’
Getting knocked out is a horrible solution to lose an MMA bout, however getting KO’d in spectacular style is one thing that may hang-out a fighter for the remainder of their profession. The sluggish movement video replay of misplaced consciousness spreads throughout social media, making it troublesome to erase from affiliation.
Let’s take a look at three UFC fighters who bounced again from viral knockouts.
3. Joaquin Buckley
After making his identify in Bellator and Legacy Preventing Alliance, Joaquin Buckley was signed to the UFC final 12 months. Buckley made his UFC debut in opposition to Kevin Holland at UFC Struggle Evening on August 8, 2020.
Holland caught Buckley flush with a proper hand, sending him to the canvas – with Buckley’s mouthpiece flying by way of the air simply earlier than the referee stopped proceedings.
A highlight-reel KO loss will not be the easiest way to start out your UFC profession, nevertheless it didn’t hang-out Buckley for too lengthy. Simply two months later, Buckley knocked out Impa Kasanganay with a merely unbelievable spinning again kick thought of by some to be one of the best KO in UFC historical past.
2. Impa Kasanganay
Earlier than Impa Kasanganay fought Joaquin Buckley, he was undefeated in eight skilled MMA fights, which incorporates back-to-back wins on Dana White’s Contender Sequence.
Buckley received the stoppage with a spinning again kick within the second spherical. Kasanganay was nonetheless standing when he misplaced consciousness earlier than falling to the canvas in an nearly comical style. This sensational knockout was seen by tens of millions worldwide.
To come back again from such a show-stopping knockout will not be straightforward, however Kasanganay appears to have already put it behind him. He regarded spectacular final evening in opposition to Sasha Palatnikov at UFC Vegas 23, defeating the Hong Kong native by way of rear-naked choke in spherical two.
1. Michael Bisping
Now a staple of commentary and evaluation within the UFC, Michael Bisping had an unbelievable profession contained in the octagon. So good, in truth, that he was inducted into the UFC Corridor of Fame in 2019. But it wasn’t all plain crusing for the Englishman.
Bisping constructed up a heated rivalry with Dan Henderson within the ninth season of The Final Fighter in 2009 as each fighters had been appointed opposing coaches for the present. The pair fought it out at UFC 100, Henderson KO’d Bisping with a highlight-reel overhand proper within the second spherical. Bisping wakened dazed and confused, apparently believing the struggle wasn’t occurring for one more two months.
Not solely did Bisping bounce again from this crushing defeat, ultimately avenging the loss to Henderson and even beating pound-for-pound legend Anderson Silva, he additionally received the middleweight championship with a spotlight reel KO of his personal in opposition to Luke Rockhold.