The death of former Team Quest and Xtreme Couture coach Robert Follis has been declared a suicide.
Follis died of a gunshot wound to his head last Friday, December 15 on State Route 160, Colleen Downey, a representative for the Coroner's Office / Medical Examiner of Clark County told MMAjunkie.
He was 48 years old. No additional details found.
State Route 160 begins in Las Vegas and crosses the Red Rock Canyon National Park.
MMA The community regrets the death of coach Robert Follis
Follis's girlfriend, Myrna Fukuno, confirmed Follis' death on Sunday, calling him "my best friend, my therapist and the absolute love of my life". He encouraged his friend and family to share his experiences with him and said that a memorial service will be held in his honor.
The manner of Follis' death was reported for the first time by MMAFighting.com.
The news of the well-known MMA trainer caused great affliction online, with dozens of fighters and industr and professionals expressing shock at his passing and sharing stories of his time with him.
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture wrote a tribute to Follis, whom he called a "martial arts philosopher" and a "hero to many." 19659002] Follis coached for a long time with the famous Team Quest in Gresham, Oregon, and was a regular at the corner of the founders Randy Couture, Dan Henderson and Matt Lindland. After a disorderly separation of the principals, Follis spent several years out of the sport before accepting a coaching position at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas in 2013.
For the next four years, Follis helped rebuild the team in a moment in which I suffered from a critical lack of leadership. He also began working with several notable wrestlers, including former UFC female bantamweight champion Miesha Tate and interim lightweight challenger Kevin Lee.
Follis was effusive in his praise for the wrestlers with whom he worked and was a reassuring presence in the bombastic world of MMA.