by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
Since losing for only the second time in his professional career last November at UFC 56 against Rich Franklin, Nathan Quarry has been one of the most quiet fighters in MMA, leading many to wonder what he’s been up and where he’s been.

Recently, Quarry contacted MMAWeekly to give us an update on his recent activities, and it appears that he could miss the remainder of the year, if not more time, due to an impending back surgery.

For most of his life, Nate has suffered from a hereditary degenerative condition, and coupled with the physical demands of training and fighting, this has caused a disc in his back to virtually disintegrate.

This has led to vertebrae in his back rubbing together, creating excruciating and even debilitating pain.

Later this month, Quarry will travel to Las Vegas to have surgery that will fuse multiple vertebrae together, creating a singular, larger vertebra. Nate will then spend the next three weeks in Vegas until he is cleared to travel back to his native Oregon for further recovery.

Should all go well, it will be a few months before Quarry will be given clearance from doctors to train, which could potentially lead to a return to UFC action in 2007.

However, there is a slim possibility that Nate will not be able to fight ever again, which would be the case if doctors feel that the risk of further damage, including paralysis, is too great.

Quarry is very optimistic that he will be back in action and that his career will continue. Quarry also wanted to thank all of his fans, friends, and sponsors, Bet Eagle, Yok’d Clothing, Xooma, Beyond Genetics, and Sprawl for their support.

Nate further commented that he will be making a statement very soon on his official website, NathanQuarry.com, and via his MySpace page, myspace.com/rockquarry, addressing the situation and filling in more details.

On a personal note, Quarry has remained busy over the past few months recovering from various accumulated injuries, pursuing multiple real estate ventures, and raising his daughter, who just graduated from kindergarten this past week.

Nate also took part in taping an episode for an upcoming Spike TV show that will take you behind the scenes of fighters’ homes and daily lives. Think MTV’s Cribs meets The Ultimate Fighter. There has not yet been any official word on when this series will debut, or when Quarry’s episode will air.

Most recently, Nate could be seen at UFC 60, supporting former TUF 1 castmate Mike Swick and Team Quest teammate Chael Sonnen in their respective bouts against Joe Riggs and Jeremy Horn.