Team Quest Founding Member, Robert Follis, Dead At 48

Over the weekend, the mixed martial arts world lost true a pioneer of the sport with the passing of Robert Follis. As one of the founding members of Team Quest in Oregon, Follis was responsible for shaping the landscape of the UFC for many years. Fighters like Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Evan Tanner, Chael Sonnen, Nate Quarry, and so many others relied on the guidance of Follis at a time when the UFC plucked much of its talent directly from the Gresham gym. After leaving Oregon, he headed to Las Vegas to take on a coaching role at Xtreme Couture with longtime friend, Randy Couture. There, he would broaden his horizons becoming mentor, coach, and motivator for even more future UFC fighters and champions. Follis’ DNA is tied to this sport and his fingerprints exist at the core of modern mixed martial arts.

Many fighters took to social media to share their thoughts on the passing of this legendary coach.

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David Golden is the Senior MMA Columnist for Oregon Sports News. David’s articles have been featured on,,, among other major websites. David has covered mixed martial arts since 2013 and in addition to his work with OSN David is a past contributor at Cagepotato.