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Nate Quarry is a classy motherfucker

Nate Quarry – whose 2005 KO by Rich Franklin still gets more play at UFC events than Linkin Park and Eminem combined – has commented on Rich’s similarly brutal KO at the hands of Cung Le. Shockingly, he isn’t all ‘Neener neener neener!’ over the whole thing:

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.”

Just slightly classier than Matt Hughes’ response to Matt Serra knocking out GSP…

Do you think he LOVES IT?

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