After a decade-long career, Nate Quarry has formally announced his retirement. Having last appeared at UFC Fight Night 21 in March 2010, Quarry retires with a 7-3 record in the UFC, dating back to his appearance on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Quarry, 39, was a middleweight contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, and was actually the first fighter from the show to fight for a UFC title. After starting his UFC career 3-0, Quarry lost to Rich Franklin at UFC 56 in November 2005. After the loss, Quarry would not be seen in the cage for nearly another two years due to back surgery.
Nicknamed “Rock” for his attitude and demeanor while on the show, Quarry suffered an ankle injury during filming, and was forced to withdraw from the competition. Following his loss to Jorge Rivera in March 2010, which forced him to undergo facial reconstruction surgery, Quarry contemplated retirement shortly thereafter.
He has since become a staple on multiple television programs, including G4’s Attack of the Show and Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored Live, where he is host and announced his decision last night.
The Bloody Elbow posted a transcription of Quarry’s statement:
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.