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Morning Report: Nate Quarry comes out of retirement to help make one young man's dream come true

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It's always nice to see former UFC middleweight Nate Quarry in the cage, especially for a good cause.

Quarry retired from fighting in 2010, but he accepted a challenge to help a young man with Down syndrome achieve the dream of competing in MMA.

Having spent four years on the mat, 19-year-old Jake 'The Snake' Beckmann had been pressing his coach Greg Walker to allow him to fight.

"As he would train with me he would ask me all the time, he would say, ‘Hey, when can I compete?' or ‘When can I fight?' said Walker. "And so over the years I would tell him 'Keep training, we'll get there.' Over the years he has worked his butt off. He is probably one of the hardest working students I've ever had."

Walker wasn't sure where to turn, so he made a Facebook post asking if anyone in the Oregon MMA community would help. According to Walker, Quarry replied just two days later.

The pair were then booked in an exhibition match for Apr. 18 at the 'Rumble at the Roseland' in Portland, Oregon.

Clearly a fan Rousimar Palhares, Beckmann dropped down for a leg lock after hitting a takedown, tapping Quarry in the second round.

"Throughout my life, over and over again, I've been given an opportunity to live my dreams," Quarry said after the match. "If I can make the slightest effort to help a young man, not only live his dream but also show his mother, what it could be like to see him follow in his dreams."

Beckmann was crowned 'world heavyweight champion,' adorned with a replica UFC title belt purchased with the help of a Go Fund Me page.

"If I can affect the entire community and let everyone know that special needs people are just a little different. They're just that: they're a little different. They have dreams. They have goals, just like the rest of us. Why should we try to tell them how they should live their lives? If we can break them out of the box I think that's the right thing to do."

The match also raised $1,000 for Create the Connection, an organization working to create meaningful employment opportunities for people in need.

(via WHOATV)

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Post show. Ariel Helwani and Chuck Mindenhall break down the top storylines coming out of UFC on FOX 15.

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MEDIA STEW

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Luke Rockhold's Octagon interview.

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Rockhold and Weidman talking about fighting each other.

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Dana White talks Rockhold, Jacare and Paige VanZant.

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Post-fight presser highlights. (Full presser here)

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Khabib Nurmagomedov mic'd up for Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez at UFC 178.

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Gokhan Saki vs. Sebastian Ciobanu at GFC 3 this weekend.

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Long watches.

Countdown to UFC 186: Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horighuchi

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Knuckle Up #369: HAHA... Lyoto, Luke, UFC on Fox 15

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TWEETS

See how the pros reacted to Rockhold submitting Machida at UFC on FOX 15.

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

Total failure game! It is now up at the rout of. Thank you to everyone supporting me!

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Beef.

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Get well soon.

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Great shot.

High class cornermen, step your game up people. @dc_mma haha victory is sweet.

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Cool.

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This guy.

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Asking for a friend.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (April 17-19 2015)

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via D'arce Coke.

Sunday Morning Matchmaker: UFC on Fox 15 Edition

Well, folks. I think we can all agree that the latest installment of the UFC on Fox series was a great night of fights. Featuring some of the greatest matchmaking in recent history, it gave us a great mixture of prospects making much-needed statements, and veterans reestablishing their place in the greatest MMA promotion. Without further ado, let's see who should fight who next.

Main Card

Paige VanZant def. Felice Herrig

"12 Gauge" Paige really put on a stellar performance on Saturday night, making the best out of her 15 minutes in the spotlight (and surely, there will be more than 15 minutes for her, given her fan friendly style and her looks). Her technical flaws are masked by a relentless style of attack and raw aggressiveness. She will most likely be fast tracked to a bout with champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk due to her popularity and marketability, but I believe she should first face one more test before a shot at the champ. A title eliminator against either Cláudia Gadelha or Maryna Moroz should give us a clear cut #1 contender. As for Felice Herrig, the Lil' Bulldog gave it the ol' college try, but ultimately succumbed to the frantic pace of PVZ. Joanne Calderwood could be next for her, a bout that would reestablish the winner as a top 10 straweight, and most likely send the loser to the bottom of the top 15 and in need for a big step down in competition.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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