As you can see from the headline, I have my priorities. First, let’s get the bad news out of the way. UFC veteran and TUF 1 alumni, Nate “The Rock” Quarry recently appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour. Quarry was recently cleared to train again six months after undergoing major facial reconstruction surgery following his loss to Jorge Rivera in March, but sadly it might be the end of the road for Quarry as he sees retirement looming.
“We’ll see,” Quarry responded when asked by Ariel Helwani if he will ever fight again. “It’s kind of nice, actually, taking this time off, waking up in the morning knowing that I don’t necessarily have to get punched today and I’ve got so many other incredible opportunities going on, so we’ll see where my career takes me. I’ve been fighting for 12 years, training for 14. So 12 years, that’s a lot. I started with absolutely nothing, literally living the American Dream. I saw the UFC on TV when I was 24, opened up the phone book, found a gym and started training. I didn’t have any wrestling experience … I was the guy sitting on the couch watching the fights, got up, went out, joined a gym. If I can do it, anybody can because I had no athletic ability from day one. Just willing to take my beating and move forward.”
That is the bad news, and it really is since Quarry is a solid fighter who never got the chance to shine that he deserved due to injuries and other bad luck. On the plus side, Nate is working on his new Zombie Cage Fighter line, which is nothing more than a static image right now. Quarry is hopeful this will become a TV series, comic book, movie and clothing line. I am hopeful too because MMA needs much more zombie memes. Zombies are iffy for me though, and I hope Nate handles the subject matter the right way and doesn’t skip out and get some cheap looking zombie art. I trust him though, since he’s been on this zombie thing for awhile, like back when he appeared on G4 to discuss his undead character in “Left 4 Dead 2”. Just to be safe though, Nate should hire me to add some style and class to his designs.
Hit the jump to see Nate speaking with Ariel Helwani on the MMA hour for more on his thoughts on retirement and his new business venture!