After a lengthy career in the UFC, Nate Quarry has decided to retire from the Octagon. For the 39 year-old middleweight, it was family obligations and the wear and tear of ten years inside the cage that prompted him to step away. Quarry made the announcement on the most recent episode of "MMA Uncensored" on Spike TV where he serves as a co-host.
"I didn't ever want to be one of those fighters [about whom] people said, 'Why is he still here?' said Quarry. "I wanted to leave when people still wanted me to fight. I hate to say it, but I'm going to have to exit from fighting."
"Rock's" decision comes on the heels of a TKO loss to Jorge Rivera one year ago that resulted in facial reconstructive surgery. Quarry has also been plagued by back problems that sidelined his career for almost two years. Considering his health concerns and family responsibilities, retiring seems like a logical choice for the UFC veteran.
"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," Quarry explained. "But after my last fight, when I came home and saw the look in my little girl's eyes, I could see how upset she was at how damaged I was. I knew I wanted to leave when I could still take care of her."
Quarry will be remembered for his appearance on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter as well as impressive victories over Jason McDonald, Pete Sell, and Shonie Carter. His ten appearances inside the Octagon included a title shot against Rich Franklin at UFC 56. While he was dropped by "Ace" in the first round, his solid record of 12-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC speaks for itself.
The former Team Quest member will now look to juggle his responsibilities with "MMA Uncensored" and his clothing line, Zombie Cage fighter in addition to focusing on his family.
"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. Thank you, Spike TV, and 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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