MMA Community Pay Respect To Robert Follis Who Passed Away Today

The sad news broke this morning that former Xtreme Couture coach Robert Follis has passed away.

The MMA community woke up to the sad news this morning that Robert Follis has passed away.

Up until November, Follis had been one of the figurehead coaches at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas where he worked for years coaching the likes of Miesha Tate, Kevin Lee and Heather Jo Clark.

No details have yet been come out regarding his passing, but several members of the MMA community have paid their respects on social media. We will update this report when there is further news.

Heart Broken to hear the news about Coach Robert Follis. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the fighters he trained. I remember his voice during my pro debut as he coached against me, and how kind he was after the fight. He was a father/mentor to so many of his athletes. Coach Follis always made time to talk to me about his athletes and their development. The way he spoke about them was the way a parent boasts about their children. We lost a big piece of our MMA community. He was both a pioneer in the beginning of MMA and an innovator in today’s evolving sport. My heart is with Ed Herman, Ryan Schultz, Chris Leben, Meisha Tate, Tim Elliott, and so many other fighters who are devastated right now. We won’t forget you Coach Follis. RIP

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Authors Note: I was lucky enough to be introduced to Rob back in 2015 by my good friend Dan Tom when shooting documentary video at Xtreme Couture. From then on, he was always one to come say hello if our paths crossed at shows and when your travelling on your own frequently, it means a lot to see a friendly face. 

I didn’t know Rob that well, but my lasting memory of him will be at UFC Belfast in Nov. 2016 when he was in the corner of Kevin Lee as he beat Magomed Mustafaev. After the show, I caught up with him in the bar and he spent a good hour telling me how Kevin was training at a different level and how he was convinced that he would one day be a world champion. Coaches often tell you that about their fighters, but the sincerity in his voice was deep and you could tell that he was delighted to see one of his guys put on the performance of a lifetime. 

Another one of my good journalist friends Jonathan Shrager got to know Rob a whole lot better than I ever did and here’s an excellent documentary with him and Heather Jo Clark ahead of UFC Rotterdam. Rest in peace Rob.

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