“I was pretty much dead broke,” he said. “I had no money, I had a bum knee and doctors told me I can’t fight for a year. For two, three weeks, I was really depressed and uncertain about what I was doing with myself. I thought I blew the whole thing. It took a little while to get out of that.”
That’s when the late nights / early mornings came into play. Unable to sleep as he recovered from the knee injury, Quarantillo eventually started getting up and working out at three or four in the morning.
“I built a habit,” he said. “That was the turning point in these last few years.”
In February of this year, he returned to active duty and picked up where he left off, knocking out Adrian Vilaca in two rounds. Then came the call for the Contender Series and he made the most of that opportunity. Now he’s a UFC fighter, and the glow hasn’t worn off yet.
“A lot of people ask me, ‘Has it hit you yet?’ And it has and it hasn’t. I’m still waiting to make it official and get that debut underway, but it’s definitely been a good feeling, and I’ve been working for this. I watched The Ultimate Fighter when I was 16 and thought it was so cool. And then I really started getting after it in 2010, so it’s basically been a ten-year goal that I was able to accomplish, and now the real work begins.”