Nate Quarry definitely has a life story worthy of an autobiography.
A cast member during the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Quarry eventually went onto battle for the UFC title. He was a mainstay on the UFC roster for several years, enduring numerous injuries including a severe back issue that required spinal surgery.
Quarry also spent most of his career as a single dad raising a daughter, which kept him scratching and clawing his way to every single victory he earned in the octagon
After he hung up his gloves, Quarry began focusing on endeavors outside the cage. But he always wanted the chance to look back and reflect on his career. Rather than penning a novel, the former Team Quest fighter decided to transform his life into a comic book.
It might have seemed like an odd choice at the time. But according to Quarry, the decision was actually an easy one. Comic books had served as an escape through a tumultuous childhood, and he couldn’t imagine a better way to tell his life story. The end result was “Zombie Cage Fighter,” a multi-issue comic book that Quarry is now collecting in a graphic novel.
“The story itself, what I like to describe to people, is my life, what I’ve been through as a fighter and as a single father and then I threw in zombies,” Quarry told MMA Fighting. “So think ‘Rocky’ meets ‘The Walking Dead.’
“If you look at something like ‘Rocky,’ is it about boxing? Well, boxing is in it, but it’s about this loser who finally has one last chance to try and make something of himself to prove he’s not nothing. All he wants to do is go the distance with the champ. That could have been about somebody wanting to get a raise at the local supermarket but it’s just not as compelling.
“With ‘Zombie Cage Fighter,’ if you take away the cage fighting and you take away the zombies, the core of the story is a father, myself, trying to provide for my little girl. That’s been my journey since day one when I started fighting. I’m going to give her a life and better opportunities than I’ve had.”