On April 18, 2015, Nate Quarry emerged from retirement for one more round in the UFC cage, reported USA Today. His opponent Jake “The Snake” Beckmann, has been waiting a long time for this opportunity. The 19-year-old has Down syndrome and has been training in Mixed Martial Arts for four years. When he asked his coach for an opportunity to fight, Greg Walker posted a Facebook appeal, reaching out to the Oregon MMA community for help.
It took only two days for Quarry to respond, according to MMA Fighting. He met his match at Portland’s “Rumble at the Roseland,” where Beckmann proved to be a formidable adversary. The teenager defeated Quarry in the second round, after a takedown and leg lock. Beckmann was awarded a replica UFC title belt and named “world heavyweight champion.”
Quarry said he felt it was his duty to help Beckmann realize his hopes. Recognizing that he’s been lucky enough to live out his dreams, he wanted to pay kindness forward.
In addition to helping Beckmann achieve greatness, the match also raised $1,000 for Create the Connection, an organization that aids those in search of fulfilling employment.