Fight Path: Joaquin Buckley finds support from new family at Finney’s MMA gym

March 21, 2015 by
Filed under: MMA News, Press Release 

By: Kyle Nagel March 20, 2015, MMA Junkie

When Joaquin Buckley left high school, he was ready to grow up quickly.

He had lived with his grandmother for as long as he could remember, and it had been just the two of them since sixth grade, when an existing heart condition took his mother’s life. Athletics, and wrestling in particular, had helped to bring him out of his shell in high school, and he was ready to move on.

With a head start from some cash from his mother’s life insurance policy and an interest in martial arts with roots in cartoons and movies from years before, he went to look for a place he might be able to train. The first place he found, after a quick Internet search, ended up becoming his family.

“I just looked up how to get started,” Buckley old MMAjunkie. “Finney’s gym popped up in the search. I called them up, and the guy told me to come down.”

Finney is Jesse Finney, a former fighter and St. Louis-area MMA stalwart, and his support and the family atmosphere of his gym have helped Buckley start his career strong. The 20-year-old is 2-0 with two first-round knockouts heading into his third fight at Saturday at “Shamrock FC: Showdown” at River City Casino in St. Louis, broadcast live at

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