Former Xtreme Couture Coach Robert Follis Dies

Robert Follis, who most recently was the head coach at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, passed away on December 15th, his girlfriend Myra Fukuno confirmed Sunday on Facebook.

“Robert Follis, a man who has touched and changed so many lives, passed away on Dec. 15, 2017,” she wrote. “He was kind. He was loving. He was compassionate. Robert was an incredible teacher, who opened our minds and created a space where we knew learning was possible. He had a way of pulling the best out of us. He will be remembered as a beloved friend, brother, son, mentor, and coach by many.”


Per the Clark County Coroner’s office, Follis death has been ruled a suicide, per MMA Fighting.

Follis, the former coach at Xtreme Couture and a founding member of Team Quest, died Friday of a gunshot wound to the head, the spokesperson said. The place of death was Nevada State Route 160. Follis was 48 years old.

Fukuno wrote that Follis’ family has asked for privacy during this difficult time. However, an e-mail address has been set up for those who knew Follis to share stories and photos:

“We may not be able to respond, but please know that we will sort through them as part of our healing process,” Fukuno wrote. “Thank you for your patience and understanding. Memorial service information will follow at a later time.”

Follis coached at Xtreme Couture for four years, but left the gym in early December. During his career, Follis served as head coach for the likes of UFC fighters Miesha Tate, Kevin Lee and Bryan Caraway.

Prior to his tenure at Xtreme Couture, the Oregon native was the longtime coach and co-owner of Team Quest in Portland, helping guide Randy Couture, Dan Henderson and many more MMA luminaries from early on in their careers. Follis was partners with Couture and Matt Lindland starting in 1998 and was with the Gresham, Ore., team for 10 years.

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