In the second episode of Spike Television's new rapid fire panel show 'MMA Uncensored', last night UFC veteran Nate Quarry officially retired from the sport when he made an emotional address at the end of the show.
Struggling to hold back tears, Quarry reminisced on when he first watched the UFC, how fighting has provided for him and how ultimately his love for his daughter was the deciding factor in hanging up the gloves.
Quarry, one of the more respected veterans of the sport from the original TUF era, was a training partner and student of Randy Couture and co at the original Team Quest gym in Oregon, and went 5-1 in the first two years of his career before rising to prominence as a cast member on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Sidelined by an accidental injury on the show, TUF Coach Randy Couture put him to good use as an assistant coach and became a 'Rock' his team mates could depend on.
Winning his first 3 fights in the UFC by way of TKO, Quarry was the first TUF cast member to receive a title shot when he faced newly crowned champion Rich Franklin for the Middleweight title, who knocked Quarry out in the first round.
Due to surgery required for chronic back problems, Quarry would not fight again for another two years before amassing a further 4 wins and 2 losses, including a victory in his infamously bad fight with Kalib Starnes that saw Starnes retreating for the majority of the match, and Quarry openly mocking him for doing so in an attempt to get Starnes to engage.
After the jump, transcription of Nate Quarry's retirement announcement.
Guys, this is kind of hard for me. It was 16 years ago that I saw the UFC on TV, and it changed my life. Everything I have besides my little girl has come from fighting. But after my last fight, when I came home and saw the look in my little girl's eyes and could see how upset she was at how damaged I was, that I knew I wanted to leave when I could still take care of her, and I didn't ever want to be one of those fighters that people said "Why is he still here?". I wanted to leave when people still wanted me to fight.
So, I hate to say it but, I'm going to have to exit from fighting. I'm just glad that I get the opportunity to be here and continue the love for this sport that I've had, that has given me everything. So, thank you Spike TV, thank you to my hosts for giving me this opportunity. Thank you to the fans, and thank you to my little girl for making it so easy for me to follow my dream.
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