Ben Quarmby passes away aged 29

Fight News Australia would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of fighter and MMA United gym owner Ben Quarmby who passed away yesterday morning after a battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a rare skin cancer.

The talented welterweight prospect was undefeated in MMA as both an amateur and professional with all seven of his wins coming via a stoppage. Quarmby impressed on the local scene, and with mentor, Muay Thai veteran Bruce “Preacher” Macfie in his corner, he captured the XFC amateur title before turning pro. Impressive wins against Chris Johnstone, James Klingner and Damien Fraser followed with the Orange, New South Wales based fighter also spending time assisting Brian Ebersole to prepare for his UFC 178 bout.

XFC has introduced the Ben Quarmby award which will be awarded to the fighter who rises above all others with their performance, both in & out of the cage. The first award is set to be handed out at the promotions next event on November 7.

Rest in Peace Ben!

Started Martial Arts training after watching Mr Miyagi and Daniel-son in Karate Kid back in 1987. By the time MMA arrived many years later, I was hooked. Coverage of local MMA was via scarce posts on forums like the Underground and Sherdog. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010. Outside the site, I dream of riding in an F1 car.

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