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SmileR » Posted 12/17/07 8:56:00PM

An Amarillo, Texas native, Evan Tanner was a high school wrestling stand out who won the state championships his junior and senior years despite entering the sport as a sophomore. He began mixed martial arts in 1997 encouraged by friends.

Tanner rose to the top of the mixed martial arts world by winning the UFC middleweight title over David Terrell at UFC 51: "Super Saturday" on Feb. 5, 2005. He last competed in the UFC on June 21 losing to Kendall Grove by split decision.

“He will obviously be sorely missed,” said Douglas Vincitorio of Tanner’s management agency, Driving Force Sports. Adding, “I think that Evan would want to be remembered as a very complex man with many layers, not just a fighter.”

“Evan was a dear friend to us and an important part of the DFS family,” says Driving Force Sports owner John Hayner. “He was so much more than a fighter. He was an individual we appreciated and cared a lot about. He marched to a drum only he could hear, and he was happy with that – so were we and so were his fans. He worked so hard to get fans more involved in the industry and be a part of his team. He was the kind of guy who kept on trying every day to improve… not just in fighting but in his life as a whole.”

“Believe in yourself. Believe in your own potential for greatness. Believe that you can change the world. It is something that is within each of us.”

– Evan Michael Tanner 1971-2008


"RIP Evan Tanner, a real life trail blazer."

I was born to lead, not to read!!!!

Jimbo » Posted 4/18/07 11:22:00PM

that is one SWEET beard!!! he will be missed.

JoeySteel » Posted 10/25/07 11:12:00PM

Seriously though, he was a great fighter, and by all accounts a great person. His blog was awesome, and his fights always had 100 % effort. That man gave everything he could, all the time. It's too bad, I think he had some good fights, and some good life left in him. The world could use a few more Evan Tanners.

Jimbo » Posted 4/18/07 11:22:00PM

heres a good pic of him

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Raykill » Posted 4/2/08 11:29:00AM

I am in shock. I happened to be up pretty late last night and read about his death about 9 min after it was released. I have to say It was not easy to get to sleep after that.
The only thing I can say is that at least he was doing something that brought a type of peace to his life when he passed.


Kracker_Jap » Posted 12/27/07 9:23:00PM

Over the years I have become very attached to alot of the fighters I watch....

Win or lose some are just plain enjoyable to watch Tanner was one of those guys....

Like Raykill I read about it minutes from going to bed and I too found it hard to sleep

May God Bless Evan Tanner and his Beard and his massive Fro, I pray that he had found his peace before going to that great octagon in the sky

jiujitsufreak74 » Posted 9/24/07 7:28:00PM

Posted by Jimbo

that is one SWEET beard!!! he will be missed.

you know, i picked him to beat Grove solely based on the fact that he had that beard...good times

Jackelope » Posted 1/30/07 10:59:00AM

Posted by jiujitsufreak74

Posted by Jimbo

that is one SWEET beard!!! he will be missed.

you know, i picked him to beat Grove solely based on the fact that he had that beard...good times

Haha I remember and can vouch for that

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