"Before Matt Serra and Chris Weidman registered those improbable championship knockouts, Lee Dolowich just tried to avoid vomiting in the ring.
"Dolowich was a teenager from Bellmore who wandered into a gym in the back of an auto detailing shop in Mineola more than 20 years ago. His parents divorced. He lost his way. He identified with no one and nothing.
"That day he met Longo, who gave him purpose, gave him confidence. It shaped the course of his life. 'Every day I live, everything I do, I trace back to him teaching me,' said Dolowich, now 40 and living in California. "Ray inspired me to do things way beyond what I thought I could ever do in life.'"
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