Long time trainer of MMA champions, Robert Follis, passes away.

Long time trainer of MMA champions, Robert Follis, passes away.

You may not know the name, but you for sure know the face. You have seen Robert Follis hundreds of times, if you are an MMA fan. Sadly, the news came in that he has passed away at the age of 48.

Robert wasn’t a coach at some rinky-dink gym, he was a coach at the highest level. He trained the top athletes in MMA to become world champions.

When he started out as a trainer in the sport, Robert was at Team Quest in Oregon. This was at the time when it was Hendo, Lindland, Randy, Chael, and Nate Quarry. Robert moved to Vegas and was the head coach at Xtreme Couture. He was in Miesha Tate’s corner when she won the UFC bantamweight title from Holly Holm. Most recently, he was the guy behind Kevin Lee and his rise to the top. In other words, Robert has been training the elite for his entire career.

In a post from his girlfriend, Myra Fukuno,

“Robert Follis, a man who has touched and changed so many lives, passed away on Dec. 15, 2017.

He was kind. He was loving. He was compassionate. Robert was an incredible teacher, who opened our minds and created a space where we knew learning was possible. He had a way of pulling the best out of us. He will be remembered as a beloved friend, brother, son, mentor, and coach by many.

If he touched your life, if he helped changed your life, please be kinder. Be gentler. Be more compassionate. You may change someone else’s life, and that’s how Robert will continue to live through all of us. He wanted to live his life with passion and energy, and he should be remembered for the way he motivated and inspired those around him.

Robert was my best friend, my therapist, and the absolute love of my life. He was my favorite adventure partner, in life and love. He was my better half, and my whole heart. He gave me the best years of my life, and I am deeply honored that he chose to spend the rest of his life with me. He was a big believer in reincarnation, and I cannot wait to

Please know that the Follis Family will need considerable time. We would like to request peace and privacy at this time.”

Fighters also weighed in on the impact that Follis had on them in the sport and as people.

As one of the founding members of Team Quest and Xtreme Couture MMA it is with great sorrow that we say good bye to Robert Follis. Robert was a friend, coach, mentor, and philosopher of martial arts to many of us. It is with a very heavy heart that I write this tribute to a man that touched so many. Death is like the sun. There is no escaping it. It infuses every part of our lives, but it doesn’t make sense to stare at it too long. That becomes a real challenge when someone you know, love, and respect ends their life. This is where Robert has been since his brothers passing a couple years ago and where we are left now. It is very easy to get caught up in the urgency that comes from the limited span of our lives. It can push us to obsess over life’s meaning in the time we have. But obsessing over it, and staring directly at it too long can blind us to the possibilities of living. Robert was a Hero to many. Heroes have the whole earth as their tomb . . . There is, enshrined in the chest of every person he touched, a record unwritten with no tablet to preserve it. It’s that which he imprinted on our hearts. What lives on is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what he has woven into the lives of others. Those who have lived with us become a part of us. We honor the dead by living their values. Through our efforts, we ensure that the good things they stood for continue to stand even when they are gone. Robert stood for many good things. Let’s let Our actions become a living memorial to Robert Follis. R

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