Nathan Quarry is a 9 year veteran of the pinnacle of combat sports: Mixed Martial Arts. As a fighter he holds a 7-2 Ultimate Fighting Champion record, and has been awarded many honors. Quarry grew up as a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a sheltered lifestyle and did not even participate in organized sports until age 24, when he first became exposed to mixed martial arts. He began to train in mixed martial arts fighting. Eventually, Quarry made his way to Team Quest, out of Gresham, Oregon, where he continued to train until mid-2007. After suffering major injuries and undergoing surgery, he wrote a book chronicling his journey back to the ring.
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