A longtime fixture among the elite in MMA’s coaching ranks, Robert Follis, appears to have taken his own life on Friday, December 15th.
For much of the post-SEG era of the UFC Robert Follis has been one of the premiere coaches in MMA. Originally a founding member of Team Quest, he was one of the principal figures behind the legendary career of multiple-time UFC champion Randy Couture. He was trainer to Dan Henderson and Evan Tanner, among others in the classic Team Quest stable.
In the last half-decade, he became head coach at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, where he helped lead Miesha Tate to a UFC title and Kevin Lee to a shot at the interim lightweight belt. His impact on MMA and its fighters has been wide ranging over his 20-years in the sport.
Reports of his passing were an unexpected tragedy over the last weekend. A sudden shock to many in the MMA community. Now, MMA Fighting reports that, according to the Clark County Coroner’s office, Follis’ death has been ruled a suicide.
Follis reportedly died Friday, December 15th, on Nevada State Route 160 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 48 years old.
An email address ([email protected]) has been established, for those who wish to share personal stories, photos, or other thoughts on his passing with Follis’ family.
“If you have a story about him or pictures you would like to share, please do so here so that all of us can may visit different parts of his life,” Follis’ girlfriend wrote in a post on social media. “If you would like to share something more privately, I’ve set up an email address that some family members will be able to access. Stories, photos, etc are welcome. We may not be able to respond, but please know that we will sort through them as part of our healing process. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Memorial service information will follow at a later time.”
Robert Follis you will be missed! These little speeches people take for granted. As an teacher and student I will always remember and learn what you have taught. #youwillbemissed #rip #xtremecouture #follismma pic.twitter.com/NMHTSOhmRo
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) December 17, 2017