After knockout loss at UFC Fight Island 7, where does Joaquin Buckley go from here?

Joaquin Buckley

One of the UFC‘s most hyped prospects entering 2021 was Joaquin Buckley (12-4). Buckley had perhaps the viral knockout of the decade back in 2020 and he followed that up with another brutal knockout win back at UFC 255.

Dana White has said in multiple interviews that he was one of the fighters to watch in 2021. The promotion decided to throw Buckley on the main card for their debut on ABC. They gave Buckley, Alessio Di Chirico (13-5), as an opponent at UFC Fight Island 7.

Di Chirico is a tough fighter, however, he had lost three straight entering Saturday. To me, this had a UFC showcase fight written all over it. In the past, Di Chirico had struggled against powerful punchers who pushed the pace.

Well, that’s exactly who Joaquin Buckley is. That said, I figured Buckley would storm through Di Chirico on Saturday as did most of the MMA community. Boy, was everyone wrong about that one.

Di Chirico looked incredibly sharp striking from the outside. Buckley looked frustrated and he wasn’t able to get in on Di Chirico during the exchanges. Di Chirico was sharp and was throwing shots down the middle that continuously popped Buckley.

Then out of no where, Di Chirico landed a beautiful headkick that sent Buckley crashing down. A few follow up shots later the referee called a stop to the fight and Alessio Di Chirico stopped the UFC hype train of Joaquin Buckley.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7?

Joaquin Buckley is still a very exciting prospect for the UFC, but let’s be honest, this was a big setback. He was given this opportunity against a guy who had lost three straight fights. Buckley was supposed to deliver and further push his stock.

However, the exact opposite happen. He lost in devastating fashion when he was a big favorite. Now, the UFC is going to have to figure out a good opponent to assist Buckley in regaining some of the steam that he had.

I thought for sure that the next fight would come against James Krause (28-8). Those two are from the same area in the US and they have major beef. However, with this loss, I’m not sure that Krause will be as interested as he was before.

The UFC needs to look for an opponent that will stand in trade with Buckley for his next fight. Win or lose, the fight will need to be entertaining. I like Jamie Pickett (11-5) as a potential option for Buckley’s next matchup.

After winning at UFC Fight Island 7, what’s next for Carlos Condit?

Carlos Condit

At UFC Fight Island 7, fight fans finally got to see a welterweight showdown that we’ve waited years for. The Natural Born Killer, Carlos Condit (32-13), took on Matt “The Immortal” Brown (22-18) in the co-main event of the evening.

The fight went a little differently than I thought it would, however, it was still very entertaining. Both men battled for fifteen minutes and in the end, the judges gave the decision to the former interim UFC champion, Carlos Condit.

Condit definitely won the fight, although, I was a little surprised by the scores. All three judges gave Condit every round. I personally thought Matt Brown should have won the first round with his top control, but it was close.

I was surprised that not one judge gave it to him. Nevertheless, Condit walked away with his second straight UFC victory. After Condit had lost five in a row, he’s bounced back for two wins over the last few months.

This was a very important fight for Condit. Not only was he looking to win his second straight, but the fight was the final one on his UFC contract. There were a lot of question marks about what would be next if he lost.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7?

Dana White said in the post-fight press conference that he loves Carlos Condit. Factoring in the UFC‘s relationship with Condit and the fact that he’s on a winning streak and I don’t believe he’s going to be going anywhere.

I fully expect the promotion to resign Condit and I don’t think Condit wants to go anywhere. Counting his WEC days, Condit has fought under Zuffa since 2007 and he didn’t sound like a fighter who was interested in testing the waters.

Having won two in a row, I’m curious to see what the UFC does with Condit next. I don’t think he will get a ranked opponent in his next fight, but someone on the broadcast did have a really good suggestion.

Someone mentioned James Krause (28-8) as a possibility and I love that fight. It would be an entertaining scrap between the two and Krause is 7-1 since 2015. If Condit could pickup another win over someone like Krause, then you could start to talk about a ranked opponent.

The UFC’s Budding Midwest Rivalry

On the UFC‘s last trip to Fight Island, Joaquin Buckley (12-3) delivered arguably the knockout of the decade when he defeated Impa Kasanganay. Kasanganay had caught a kick of Buckley’s, but Buckley then spun and heel kicked Kasanganay to knock him out.

The MMA world was buzzing about the knockout which you can relive here. One week later James Krause (28-8) made the walk against Claudio Silva. Krause was able to pickup the unanimous decision win. His seventh UFC win in his last eight fights.

The welterweight from Kansas City then took to the microphone in his post-fight press conference. At the press conference he had some very strong words for the man who had captivated the world the week before.

Krause said of Buckley, “The dude’s a clown, man. People just know him from his viral video, for his viral knockout. It was a beautiful knockout. The dude’s a s–t box. He’s from my neck of the woods and all he does is sit on social media and talk s–t all day.”

These comments obviously didn’t sit well with Buckley. Buckley just competed at UFC 255 where he scored a brutal knockout over Jordan Wright. It was the first professional loss for Wright.

After the fight, Buckley told Joe Rogan, “There’s other dudes out there that I want to fight. Talking that non-sense, and I really want to give it to him. Because when I hurt him, the referee can’t save him. Y’all know who I’m talking about.”

Will the UFC make the matchup?

Dana White was asked in his post-fight press conference if he thought the UFC would make this fight happen. White acknowledged that he love when two guys want the same fight and hinted that they would make it work.

Krause is traditionally a welterweight while Buckley has competed at middleweight. Now, Buckley did come in at 182 pounds for this last fight and Krause has competed before at 185 so I don’t think weight will get in the way of this potential UFC matchup.

This is a good ole fashion mid-card beef fight. These are the kind of fights that won’t headline a card, but they can steal the show. Both of these guys are from the same area of the US and both cannot stand the other.

Buckley has called for the fight to take place on January 23rd which would be UFC 257. I can imagine that the promotion will look to book this fight, but a lot will come down to Krause’s health. He tweaked his knee in his last fight, but if he’s ready, I think the fight gets made quickly.

James Krause calls out Joaquin Buckley after UFC Fight Island 6

One of the fighters on the main card of last Saturday’s UFC Fight Island 6 card that picked up a win was James Krause (28-8). Krause picked up his seventh victory in his last eight fights with the only fight he’s lost being a fight he took on one days notice.

Quietly, Krause has turned himself into one of the more solid fighters in the UFC. Krause has also developed into quite the coach and he’s developed a solid stable of fighters. Being a coach seems to be his main focus at the moment, but he’s always down to fight.

Last Saturday he took on Claudio Silva. Silva was pressing forward the entire time, however, Krause was able to use slick movement and counters all night. In the end, it was a shutout victory for Krause who had some strong words for another UFC fighter in the post-fight press conference.

Krause was asked on if there was an issue between himself and Joaquin Buckley. Buckley has gone viral over the past couple of weeks due to his highlight reel knockout at UFC Fight Island 5. Buckley already has his next fight booked, but it didn’t stop Krause from talking about him.

“The dude’s a clown, man. People just know him from his viral video, for his viral knockout. It was a beautiful knockout. I’m not going to rag on that. The dude’s a s–t box. He’s from my neck of the woods and all he does is sit on social media and talk s–t all day. He called me to come train and I told him to get f–ked,” Krause told reporters

UFC Midwest Rivalry?

Krause went on to talk about the fact that he would love to face Buckley in the UFC. “I’ll go back up to middleweight and whoop his ass. He can get it. I know he’s got a fight set, but I’ll go back up middleweight for that. No problem. Easy work, Krause told reporters.

Buckley is set to take on Jordan Wright at UFC 255 in November. If Buckley gets through that fight with a victory, it might make sense for the UFC to book these two against each other. There is personal beef which always leads to a great build up.

Krause is a veteran in all aspects and it’s clear that Buckley has rubbed him the wrong way. A fight between the two just makes total sense, and Krause would take that fight on a moments notice given his history.