Impa Kasanganay (8-1) was a part of Joaquin Buckley‘s (12-4) viral knockout video in October 2020. Almost six months removed from the event, Kasanganay reflected on the defeat and revealed how it helped his career.
The duo collided at UFC on ESPN+ 37. After losing the first round to Buckley, Kasanganay caught one of Buckley’s kicks in the second. This move proved fatal for Kasanganay, as Buckley threw a spinning back kick that knocked out the former on his feet.
Buckley won the 2020 Knockout of the Year award from the UFC and many media houses. Unfortunately for Impa Kasanganay, he became a part of someone else’s highlight reel. In a recent interview with The Schmo, Kasanganay detailed his life after his first-ever professional MMA loss.
“It’s all good. It’s fighting man. Ready to get back to work. So tell people, man, replay the highlight as many times as they want. The day I get the belt, replay the highlight too.”
Kasanganay said he did not let the defeat affect him negatively.
“I think we all have responsibilities as fighters, man. You can use this platform to raise yourself, raise other people up, or you can get down on yourself for having a bad day at work. Everybody has a bad day at work at one time in their life. For me, it’s like get right back to it.”
Impa Kasanganay Is Not Worried About a Rematch with Joaquin Buckley
Kasanganay stated he would be better in his next bout. The American fighter will take on Sasha Palatnikov (6-2) of Hong Kong on April 10, 2021 (UFC on ABC 2).
As far as a rematch with Buckley is concerned, Kasanganay was seemingly not bothered. Moreover, he also felt the loss brought a positive change in his career.
“Shout-out to Buckley. He’s doing well. I know he lost his last fight, but he’s still a good fighter. Not really too concerned about a rematch. We have it, we have it. But I think that stuff propelled me because If I had never lost that fight, I would never reassess my life.”
Unlike his last fight, Kasanganay will battle Palatnikov at welterweight. That’s not the only change he has made. “Tshilobo” also moved to Sanford MMA. He now trains with coach Henri Hooft and fighters like Gilbert Burns.