Nathan Parker Quarry is a retired American mixed martial arts fighter who is most notable for his appearance in The Ultimate Fighter, a reality show from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as well as co-hosting the show MMA Uncensored Live.Nate Quarry grew up as a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which he later characterized as a cult that controls its members 24 hours a day. Quarry grew up in a sheltered lifestyle and did not even participate in organized sports until age 24, when he first became exposed to mixed martial arts. After a period of self-discovery, Quarry rejected his Jehovah's Witness upbringing, which caused him to become alienated from his family and former friends. He began to associate with others outside of the church and along the way 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.
Long before Quarry decided to make a career of kicking ass inside of a steel cage, he was the one getting harassed and bullied. Being a scrawny, four-eyed kid raised in a Jehovah’s Witness household didn’t give him much hope of just being one of the guys.
“I had teachers that couldn’t stand me because I couldn’t celebrate the holidays,” Quarry says. “I couldn’t compete in athletics and I couldn’t go to birthday parties. I really stood out. I had one teacher that hated me, and he had a son in my year that would torture me and make fun of me. I remember being spit on.”
“I’ve been able to let the past go,” he says. “I’m not that scared little kid anymore. Now I can stand up for myself.”
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