If there's anyone in MMA who could possibly have felt a sense of relief watching Rich Franklin drop the Octagon floor in an unconscious heap this past Saturday (Nov. 10, 2012) in the main event of UFC Macau, it would be Nate Quarry.
"The Rock" was the first cast member of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) to receive a title shot following three first round knockouts to open his UFC career, battling then then-UFC Middleweight Champion Franklin for the belt at UFC 56. If you're an MMA historian, you know what happened next, Quarry was stopped in perhaps one of the most vicious one punch knockouts in MMA history.
An inquisitive fan wanted to hear the current co-host of MMA Uncensored Live's take on Franklin's devastating knockout loss at the hands of Cung Le, a one-punch blow for the ages, asking what he felt upon viewing it: empathy, vengeance, perhaps even regret?
"I've had a few people ask me this. I'd say I feel the same way that I feel whenever I see anyone get knocked out or even lose, I'd say it borders on empathy.
See, that's one thing I dislike about fighting, it's that someone has to lose for one person to win. Don't get me wrong, that's also what I love about fighting and there's nothing like having a defeated warrior at your feet. But I don't generally feel joy at seeing someone lose.
I've made the joke a few times as I see those that have wronged me throughout the years crash and burn - 'Since I feel guilty I'm enjoying watching them fall off their ivory tower that means I'm still a good person.' But in reality, I have no desire to be the type of person that gains pleasure in watching others fail.
Rich is no exception. Other than one night about seven years ago, he's always been nothing but nice to me.
What a petty, childish person I would be if after all these years I took pleasure in seeing someone fail who simply showed up to do his job and I was on the receiving end. In fact, the night that Rich lost his title I went to his hotel room to express my condolences. I even told him, 'Rich, if you gave me the choice of never fighting for the title or getting brutally knocked out and seeing it over and over again, I wouldn't change a thing.'
I'm not going to bitch about the journey because I'm happy with where I'm at. And I'm not going to be joyful in other people's sorrows.
At least that's the goal. That's the person I want to be."
Actually, it's not so surprising. Quarry has for a long time been one of the classiest fighters and now ex-fighters in the business.
How would you have reacted if you were in the similar shoes, Maniacs?