UFC 279 video: Chris Barnett caps off insane comeback with ground-and-pound knockout, epic promo and flip


Chris Barnett might have stolen the whole show at UFC 279.

The veteran heavyweight pulled off one of the most unbelievable comebacks of the year, surviving an early onslaught from opponent Jake Collier (13-8) and returning fire in a wild second round before scoring a TKO victory.

Watch Barnett’s thrilling finish above.

It looked like Barnett (23-8) was done for in the opening round of his preliminary bout with Collier, as Collier got the better of the striking before threatening to finish with ground-and-pound and a rear-naked choke. Barnett somehow made it through the opening five minutes, though the damage on his face was obvious as it appeared that he had suffered injuries to his eye and jaw. Barnett was permitted to go on after he had been examined by the ringside doctor between rounds.

He didn’t waste the opportunity, coming out firing with haymakers in Round 2. Barnett landed heavy blows on Collier’s head, forcing Collier to surrender to his mount. Barnett continued to rain down strikes until referee Mark Smith stepped in for the stoppage at the 2:24 mark of Round 2.

Barnett improved to 2-2 in the UFC, bouncing back from a recent unanimous decision loss to Martin Buday. Collier sees his UFC heavyweight record drop to 2-4.