It was recently reported that longtime mixed martial arts coach Robert Follis has passed away. Now members of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) have decided to come forward with a few words concerning the recent news over social media.
Robert Follis was the head coach of Xtreme Couture, before leaving the position in November. Follis filled the head coach position at Team Quest in Portland, Oregon, which he co-owned, before joining the Xtreme Couture team. However, according to multiple reports from the coaching legend’s friends and teammates, Follis has now passed away. Still, the coache’s memory remains in the minds of countless budding mixed martial artists, friends and family.
Taking to Twitter, some of the toughest competitors from the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion have decided to come forward with their feelings. Former UFC title challenger and current UFC analyst Kenny Florian has come forward with a statement. Fellow UFC veteran Matt Brown and competitor Michael Chiesa have also decided to let their voices be heard on the coach’s passing. Check it out in the social media posts below:
I became good friends with Robert Follis throughout filming of TUF 25 I just stayed at his house last week I haven’t heard what happened can anyone fill me in? He was an awesome guy and the more I got to know him the more respect I had for him
— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) December 17, 2017
"It is the space between the notes that makes the music"
— Tim Elliott (@TElliott125) December 17, 2017
Absolutely awful to hear that Robert Follis passed away ? That man helped a ton of fighters, directly and indirectly. Hard to think of all the loved ones he leaves behind. ? for everyone that was close to him, I’m so sorry.
— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) December 17, 2017
Extremely saddened to hear the news about Robert Follis. Heartbroken for his family and close friends. He was truly one of the good guys in the sport.
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) December 17, 2017
I am in Finland at this moment and got word that Robert Follis has passed away. Hoping this is wrong!! This is a huge loss if true. One of the finest trainers and men in the world of MMA. Please, please be fake news
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) December 17, 2017
@MoTownPhenom All bullshit side, I send my condolences man. My prayers go out to you and those affected by Robert’s passing.
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) December 17, 2017