Tributes pour in for respected MMA coach Robert Follis

Tributes pour in for respected MMA coach Robert Follis

The mixed martial arts community has united in its mourning for Robert Follis.

By John Balfe - 18 Dec 2017

The worldwide mixed martial arts community is reeling following the passing of hugely respected coach Robert Follis.

Follis, who was a coach at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas for four years before leaving last month, passed away last Friday. The news was confirmed by Follis’ girlfriend on social media on Sunday. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

“Robert Follis, a man who has touched and changed so many lives, passed away on Dec. 15, 2017,” wrote Follis’ girlfriend Myra Fukuno. “He was kind. He was loving. He was compassionate. Robert was an incredible teacher, who opened our minds and created a space where we knew learning was possible. He had a way of pulling the best out of us. He will be remembered as a beloved friend, brother, son, mentor, and coach by many.”

She added that Follis’ family had requested privacy at this time.

Follis was the primary coach for a number of UFC fighters, including Kevin Lee and Bryan Carraway. Prior to his time at Xtreme Couture, Follis was co-founder at the famed Team Quest where he worked alongside the likes of Dan Henderson an Randy Couture.

Such was Follis’ standing in the sport which he dedicated his life to, tributes have been pouring in from all four corners of the globe.