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Video: UFC veteran fights man with Down syndrome, loses by second-round submission

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight veteran Nate Quarry, who burst onto the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene as part of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1, retired in 2012 after 16 professional fights and countless battles with injuries.

But on April 18, 2015, "The Rock" returned to the cage to help a friend in need.

Quarry, who is currently suing his former employer, laced up the gloves to help a fighter with Down syndrome, Jake "The Snake" Beckmann, achieve his lifelong dream of competing in MMA. Not only did Beckmann win his pro debut at "Rumble at the Roseland," he also captured the world heavyweight championship in the process.

Have a look.


Whoop a UFC veteran and win the heavyweight title in your first fight?


"They have dreams, they have goals, just like the rest of us," Quarry said after their exhibition fight (via MMA Fighting), which also raised $1,000 for Create the Connection charity. "Why should we try to tell them how they should live their lives? If we can break them out of the box I think that's the right thing to do."

The 19-year-old "Snake" won by second-round submission.

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