VIDEO: 64-Second Knockout by Jordan Wright Lights up UFC 262 Preliminary Card

Published 05/15/2021, 9:37 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Jordan Wright kicks Joaquin Buckley in their middleweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC 262 got off to an amazing start as four of the first five fights ended with finishes. However, the most spectacular finish of them all came in the fifth fight on the night. The middleweight bout between Jordan Wright and Jamie Pickett lasted just 64 seconds before referee Kerry Hatley stepped in and ended proceedings.

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Pickett ‘The Nightwolf’ started the fight positively with some shots here and there, but Wright looked like he had the upper hand. However, once the fight went to the fence, Wright looked out of depth. Unfortunately, in a slight lapse of concentration, Pickett kept his head out, thus allowing his compatriot to capitalize.

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Wright rained heavy elbows on Pickett’s head and dropped him. Though ‘The Nightwolf’ stood up, he couldn’t offer much resistance. He ate a knee to the head for his efforts. ‘The Beverly Hills Ninja’ finally finished the fight with multiple shots on the ground to go 12-1-1.

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With the win, he maintained his impressive 100% win rate in finishes – 12 wins (7 T/KO 5 submissions). His one loss also came via knockout, and that was against another fighter known for his finishing skills in Joaquin Buckley.

Jordan Wright will look to use his win to break into the rankings

Wright headed into this fight on the back of a brutal KO against ‘New Mansa’. His performance tonight brushed off that dismal outing and did his confidence a world of good.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: (R-L) Joaquin Buckley punches Jordan Wright in their middleweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, this was another preliminary card appearance for Wright. Highlight-reel finishes like this could be what he needs to break into the main card and secure a number next to his name. ‘The Beverly Hills Ninja’ certainly took a giant step towards that at the Toyota Center.

Do you think Jordan Wright is good enough to be in the top 15 in the UFC official rankings for middleweight? What did you make of his UFC 262 finish?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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