Retired U.F.C. and T.U.F. alumni, Nate “The Rock” Quarry returned to the cage at local Oregon promotion, Full Contact Fighting Federation – Rumble at the Roseland for a very special occasion. Jake “The Snake” Beckmann, a 19 year old young man with Down’s syndrome had been training at Walker’s Martial Arts Academy in Newburg, Oregon for four years and egarly waited for his opportunity to compete in the cage. After a few phone calls and posts on Facebook, Nate Quarry decided to step up and take the challenge from Beckmann giving the young man the opportunity to fulfill his dream. However, putting the bout together was a difficult task. Quarry, Beckmann and F.C.F.F. promoter Kevin Keeney needed to jump through several hoops to get the bout sanctioned by the Oregon State Athletic Commission. It could have been rejected outright; Garrett Holeve, another M.M.A. hopeful with Down’s syndrome, was actively discouraged from competing before convincing a promoter to stage an amateur bout. The bout was held as an exhibition and the winner would recieve a replica U.F.C. championship belt.
Beckmann would go on to defeat the U.F.C. veteran in the second round by an ankle lock submission hold. As Beckmann proudly held is championship belt, he told reporters, “I kind of like it! I can’t wait to show my dad!”
When reporters aske Quarry why he stepped out of retirement and took this bout he said, “We just need to educate people out there, let everyone know that that which makes us different is not nearly as important as that which makes us the same. Jacob is a young man with dreams, goals, desires, and he won that victory graciously, and wearing that strap made him and made his mother proud. I think everyone at the FCFF really understood what we were trying to do and their support for him was just incredible.”
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