Nathan Quarry made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2001 as a founding member of the world famous Team Quest fight team lead by UFC legends Randy Couture and Dan Henderson in Portland Oregon. After only six professional bouts, Nate was invited by the UFC to participate in the inaugural season of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter."
After winning his first three UFC bouts by first round TKO, Nate's success was rewarded with an opportunity to compete for the UFC's middleweight title against then champion, UFC Hall of Famer Rich Franklin. This bout would prove historic as it was the first title shot ever earned by a contestant of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Following a loss, Quarry nearly had to end his career because of numerous injuries including degenerative spinal disk disease. After he was diagnosed, most doctors told him he may never walk again, a prognosis which would certainly end his fighting career as well. After a successful surgery gave Quarry the ability to walk again, he was able to continue his career as a professional athlete, fighting an amazing six more times. Quarry now serves as the official spokesperson for Nuvasive, the multi-million dollar creative spine technology company that pioneered the procedure that helped him fight again.