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Warrensburg's Lenny Baker prevails in his first pro MMA fight

In his first professional Mixed Martial Arts fight, Warrensburg’s own Lenny Baker delivers a punch shortly before knocking out Judah Ciervo of Philadelphia in the first round. The matchup was held June 30 in the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

In his first professional Mixed Martial Arts fight, Warrensburg’s own Lenny Baker delivers a punch shortly before knocking out Judah Ciervo of Philadelphia in the first round. The matchup was held June 30 in the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

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Warrensburg’s Lenny Baker (center), who was an NCAA National Champion wrestler, poses for a publicity photo with his father Leonard Baker Sr. (left), a Warrensburg Central wrestling coach, and his trainer — and fellow WCS graduate — Darin Rafferty, who was a Golden Gloves champion that is now a coach and trainer at at Spa City Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Ballston Spa.

— “It was a big, exciting night for all of us,” Rafferty said, noting that in Baker’s post-fight interview, he not only thanked his family and friends for their support, but he dedicated the fight to his aunt Becky Hitchcock of Thurman, who recently passed away.

“Family means everything to Lenny,” Rafferty said. “It meant a lot for him to win the match in her honor.”

Rafferty noted that Baker’s earnings are likely to build as he moves forward, getting matched up with ever more experienced fighters.

Baker is scheduled to fight again this November, either at Borgata Casino or at Resorts Casino.

Rafferty predicted that having one fight behind him would prove helpful.

“This first match was a good learning experience, but in the next fight, Lenny will be more relaxed,” Rafferty said. “He’s got a momentum going at this point.”

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