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Quote of the Day: Nate Quarry Has What The UFC Needs, Commentating-Wise


(When The Walking Dead didn’t call him back, Quarry knew he was bound for the UFC once again.) 

Nate Quarry has always been a charismatic guy; not only was he the first fighter ever to ink a sponsorship with a basketball shoe company, but anyone who’s ever seen his epic clowning of Kalib Starnes and post-fight speech thereafter knows the man has character in spades. More aware of this than anyone is Quarry himself, who recently began angling for a UFC commentating job on the popular mixed martial arts forum The UG:

I want to be an on-air personality for the UFC. There I said it … My qualifications? Well, I’ve been a fighter for the past 14 years. I’ve trained with some of the legends of the sport and even cornered them for some of the greatest fights in UFC history. I was there when the UFC went from 5 shows a year to being in every home in America. And, I know my ish. Plus, I’ve been a public speaker since I was 7 years old, standing up in Church and giving Bible readings. Last year I spoke at a TEDx conference where it was me, a mike and 300 business people for 18 minutes. And now I travel around the country speaking on behalf of my XLIF back surgery that game me my life back. Not to mention I hosted my own tv show on Comcast called American Cage Fighter. It was only broadcast in Nor Cal but was really well received and replayed every day of the week. Do I have your support?

Simply put, yes Mr. Quarry. Though it is a shame to know that we likely won’t ever see him fight again (he hasn’t competed since a second round TKO loss to Jorge Rivera back at UFN 21 in 2010), it would be nice to hear an actual fighter’s take for once when it comes to the action unfolding inside the octagon. Kenny Florian provides this from time to time, but establishing a fighter on a more permanent basis would be a great move for the UFC.

For those of you who might have forgotten, Quarry was a contestant on the very first season of The Ultimate Fighter and could add an interesting perspective when it comes to the ever growing number of TUFees fighting in the octagon. The man is also a ten fight UFC veteran who has overcome near insurmountable odds in order to continue competing professionally.

But the problem here is Quarry’s timing. Aside from their recent signing of former MMA Live host Jon Anik to cover various UFC related gigs, including a role as play-by-play announcer for the UFC’s fights on FX and FuelTV, the UFC has also brought over commentator Todd Harris to handle their pre-fight shows since their absorption of the WEC. So where exactly could Quarry fit in? Perhaps Anik needs a color commentator for the FX and FuelTV shows, and there’s no way Quarry could be any worse at it than Troy Aikman.

So what say you, Potato Nation, would you like a little more of “The Rock” in your lives?

-Danga  

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RSparrow- December 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Dude's been hit in the head wayyy too many times. Xeno, too. I've never seen another fighter come out and use his face as a weapon, like Quarry.
XENOPHON- December 3, 2011 at 10:24 am
On second thought, Pat Berry would make for an exceptional TV personality as his is "illuminating" for a choice of better words.
XENOPHON- December 3, 2011 at 10:22 am
Too bad Kalib Starnes didn't wise up, and charge Quarry with a power shot to the side of his noggin when Nate was pulling his "elephant technique" bullshit instead of trying to finish his bout.
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Sure Nat could be allowed to speak for a few events, but as a mainline host at every event. Forget it, until he has some experience under his belt.
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Reading his admission that he was one of that stupid kids who read during their church indoctrination - says NO FUCKING WAY, yet see that he was invited to speak at TED is a honor. So its a wash from my neck of sunny California.
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Danga...bigger question is why do feel you need to hype others. You said your a graduate student, learn to write objectively with some critical analysis bro....I've see you do it before.

Don't get caught up with the MMA readers quest for more..and new angles. Their much like heroin addicts. You can pump shit into the veins and they will always come back for - even when they know its stepped on - like this piece reflects.
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If you want to build your own greatness as sports writer....don't allow shit like this to become the bulk of your portfolio.
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On a positive note, at least the morons stopped posting their random Captcha passcodes! Like stepped in heroin, they've now got conditioned.
Deadpanda- December 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm
The dude invented the rock-hammer. You've got to let him do what ever he wants.
Liverpunch- December 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Quote of the day...and yet the quote you're referencing doesn't appear in this article or the one from UG...If you want to play with the big boys you really gotta learn about this thing called attribution...or maybe what a quote means. Jesus titty-fucking Christ, Danga! Do you even own an Associated Press Style Guide?
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And yes, I think Nate would make a great addition to Anik. I just can't stand to see good warriors fade away.
avaholic46- December 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Buck and Aikman are Fox's top crew by far.

Maybe attach that to ESPN's Keyshawn Johnson.
FilmDrunk- December 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm
My friend is a doctor and a fighter who heard Nate speak at one of those back surgery seminars, and they were trying to explain the appeal of fighting to the other doctors, and Nate, trying to explain the thrill of knocking someone out, said, "It's amazing. You could take his shoes."
SnakeJake- December 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm
And I really love his deep manly voice. No homo.
fightfan9- December 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm
I think it would be awesome to have a guy like Nate as a color commentator, very smart and quick whitted
skeletor- December 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm
no thanks
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And, fuck you Danga
skeletor- December 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm
no thanks
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And, you Danga
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