Tanner, According to Those Who Knew Him Best
MMA will never have another Evan Tanner.
To chronicle his compelling life, Sherdog.com turned to some of the people who knew him best, including those who grew up with him and watched him wrestle in high school before he began his fight career inside a rowdy rodeo coliseum in Amarillo, Texas.
A Self-Taught Texan
Deana Epperson grew up across the street from Tanner in Amarillo and kept in touch with him throughout the years: He was a good kid. He really didn’t mess with anybody. He didn’t even wrestle -- he pole-vaulted in junior high. He didn’t even start wrestling until our sophomore year in high school, and we were a big school. We were 5A. By our junior and senior year, he was a back-to-back state champion in wrestling. Texas is no joke with wrestling and for him to have never wrestled till 10th grade and then been a state champion in 11th and 12th grade -- that’s just incredible.
He was such a renaissance man on the most basic level. He didn’t really like to admit this to people, but Evan had a photographic memory, and that’s how the big legend of Evan Tanner was true. He was a big wrestler in high school and he got the Gracie jiu-jitsu videos, and whatever he would watch somebody do, he could instantly put that into his repertoire. He was genetically gifted, he was amazingly smart, and he remembered everything he read and saw. That really explains how a guy who never really went to a dojo till he was 21 was able to do what he did.
He was the first one I ever saw grab wrists to reign down elbows. And later on I saw Tito Ortiz in the corner with one of his fighters yelling, “Tanner elbows! Tanner elbows!” That’s when you know you’re the s---, is when someone is referencing you when they’re cornering someone else.
Faber May Move Up Or Down For Megafights
The latest fighter to express interest in changing weight classes for megafights is WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber. He's talking about not only moving up to 155 for a couple fights-namely a Tyson Griffin rematch-but also down to 135 for a couple fights while still making his home at 145.
Top 5 Breakthroughs In MMA
Great fighters are remembered for a collection of moments within a vast library of sights and sounds -- a record of unforgettable victories and their most stinging defeats.
But no moment stands out more than when a fighter distinguishes himself as a true force with which to be reckoned, having blossomed beyond the world of contenders and prospects.
you know this is just a list someone did in there opinion. i like it but if any of you have ones that you think should have made the list feel free to post
Interview with Lyoto Machida
There’s no way to find and opponent now, and I’ll have to wait another event to fight. I don’t know who’ll I face, UFC didn’t say anything yet, only that I won’t fight at UFC 89”, said Lyoto, sad with the scrapped fight. “It’s sad because I was focused, training hard and prepared, but this kind of things happens. I changed my training now, I’m doing more Karate and working out, doing less MMA stuff”, told Lyoto, who has no idea of who his next opponent will be.
BAS RUTTEN & IFL CREW JOIN AFFLICTION
As Affliction picks up steam heading into its Oct. 11 Las Vegas debut, the promotion continues to tweak things its roster, television deals and most recently their broadcast team as well.
Out is the initial pay-per-view broadcast group of Jay Glazer, Frank Trigg and “Big” John McCarthy; in is the familiar former International Fight League team of Kenny Rice, Ron Kruck and MMA living legend Bas “El Guapo” Rutten.
Injury strikes again: "Babalu" off Sept. 20 Strikeforce-Playboy card
A leg injury has forced Renato "Babalu" Sobral (30-7) out of his upcoming bout with Anthony Ruiz (21-11), which was set to take place Sept. 20 at "Strikeforce at the Mansion II."
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today told MMAjunkie.com that Sobral was forced off the card and said the organization is looking for a replacement.
Ruiz was actually a recent replacement for Strikeforce world light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth (9-5), who was forced off the card last month after after suffering a leg injury of his own.
Tanner was at his best with fans
"He was a person, like all of us, who didn't have all the answers but was honest enough to acknowledge it.
And he had the courage to follow his heart's compass even if he wasn't sure where it was leading. Tanner was his own man, a unique and good soul."
Pretty good article IMO
UFC signs top Euro light heavyweight Ivan Serati
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has inked a multi-fight deal with talented Italian light heavyweight Ivan Serati (10-2).
Serati, a Cage Rage veteran, joins a growing number of European fighters who have recently signed with the UFC as the organization continues to expand throughout Europe.
Sources close to Serati told MMAjunkie.com of the signing over the weekend, though terms of the deal were not disclosed
Jon Jones "I call my style of fighting look-see-do".
"I call my style of fighting look-see-do. If I can see it, I can try it. I pull off a lot of stuff that I see so what's going to separate me and hopefully move me up the ladder is my unique style," stated UFC up-and-coming light heavyweight Jon Jones as he talked about his style and what makes him unique. Check out what else he had to say about his recent win over Andre Gusmao, his future plans and more
Ortiz: Ibarra ripped off Rampage
The following is from an interview that Tito Ortiz recently did with Punch Drunk Gamer: PDG: Hopefully, what do you think of him changing trainers and camps from Juanito Ibarra to Team Wolfslair? Ortiz: Let me explain this to you because it really pisses me off that Ibarra has done what he has done, he is a thief. I have been running training camps for seven years up in Big Bear California and the most that my camp has cost a fighter to attend is $35,000. Ibarra was charging Jackson $65,000 to go to Big Bear. I don't understand that!! He was being very disrespectful and taking advantage of 'Rampage'. Including travel, training partners, food and lodging, the most ever was $35,000, maybe if you flew in more trainers...$40K. Where did that extra money go that Ibarra was charging? 'Rampage' is really pissed and he feels betrayed that he was taken advantage of and I couldn't agree more with him. I don't care if Juanito reads this or hears about it anywhere, he already knows that he is blackballed. I don't care who you are; fighters work very hard for the money they earn and I feel slighted for even knowing Juanito. There has been rumors that some funny buisness was going on between Ibarra and Jackson but it looks like Tito has numbers to back up the rumors.
With UFC 88 win, Nate Marquardt anxious for second title shot
Nate Marquardt's destruction of the very game Martin Kampmann (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC 88 has put the rest of the middleweight division on notice and cemented his status as a top contender.
It's also got Marquardt (27-8-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) thinking about a potential rematch with current champ Anderson Silva.
Marquardt discussed this past weekend's fight and the possibility of second bout with Silva while a guest on Monday’s edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"I felt good during the fight, confident during the fight," Marquardt said of his win over Kampmann. "I just went in and did my game plan."
Many had predicted Marquardt a favorite over the Danish kickboxer, but nobody could have expected the sheer ferocity and the ease with which the Team Jackson member would finish off such a seasoned fighter. Marquardt, sometimes dogged for dragging fights to decisions, has now earned stoppage victories in three of his past four victories.
"When the opportunity is there, I want to take it," Marquardt said. "I have fought a lot of tough guys, but I think I am getting a lot better at being able to finish fights."
Now a mature 29 years old, Marquardt admits he's become a lot more comfortable and patient in the cage. In the past, at the first sign of blood, Marquardt would sometimes launch into a frantic and wild game plan as he chased his opponents.
"I would hurt them, but I would get so excited and just throw wild punches and not land," he said. "In this fight when I had him hurt, I took my time and tried to land my punches."
With a UFC middleweight division thin on top talent, and with Marquardt's eights wins in his past 10 fights (which included a controversial split-decision loss to Thales Leites earlier this year), Marquardt is again in the thick of the title picture.
Having fought the current title-holder once previously, Marquardt knows exactly what Silva brings to the table. Marquardt was stopped in the first round of their encounter in 2007 at UFC 73. Not fazed by the loss, Marquardt welcomes a rematch and believes this time there would be a different outcome.
"I don’t know what the UFC's plans are," he said. "I feel I am ready for Anderson. I learned my lesson the last time I fought him. I feel like I am twice as good and twice as dangerous as before.
"I think it would turn into a war. Right now I am confident in my skills."
Spencer Fisher vs Shannon Gugerty UFC 90 fight set with Melvin Guillard out
Spencer Fisher (21-4) will take on Shannon Gugerty (11-2) -– not Melvin Guillard as originally planned — at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Ill., on October 25, according to the CEO of K.O. Dynasty Sports Mgt., Mickey Dubberly.
No reason is known at this time for the opponent switch, but it appears on the surface to be a much safer fight for “The King.”
Then again … who really knows in this sport.
Fisher is fresh off a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 Finale in June. The Miletich Fighting Systems veteran has won two of his last four bouts, including a rematch against Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 10 more than one year ago.
He is a former 155-pound contender. And he’ll need to put together back-to-back wins to prove that he still belongs among the division’s elite.
Gugerty made his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 14: “Silva vs. Irvin,” submitting fellow newcomer Dale Hartt with a rear naked choke in round one. It marked the eighth straight win for the Total Combat promotion veteran who has finished more than 70 percent of his professional fights by way of submission.
In fact, Gugerty has not lost a bout since meeting up with Cub Swanson back in 2006.
Rashad Evans clarifies nipple twisting, Bill Gates T-shirt
During this past Saturday's UFC 88 event at Atlanta's Philips Arena, as Bruce Buffer bellowed Evans' bio and name during pre-fight introductions, cameras caught Evans licking his fingers and then tweaking his nipples. The strange move has fueled more than a few forum postings -- especially since teammate and current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre did the same thing before his latest title defense over Jon Fitch.
"Georges St. Pierre was the first do it, and it's just sort of an inside joke," Evans said.
Evans said St. Pierre had heard it was supposed to bring good luck -- according to some ancient fighting myths, anyway. And if there's anything the New Mexico-based Team Jackson group knows, it's unity. Led by famed fight strategist and head trainer Greg Jackson, the team has created a sense of brotherhood among team members Evans, St. Pierre, Keith Jardine, Nate Marquardt, Joey Villasenor and others.
"Georges said it was supposed to good luck or something, so I said, 'Cool, alright,'" Evans said, laughing.
As for the T-shirt, Evans said it was also an inside joke with the team.
"That shirt, it's [Gates'] mugshot," Evans said. "He was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M. He started off Microsoft in the basement of the Bank One Building. That's right next to the (Team Jackson) gym.
UFC Event At Military Base In December?
Although the event itself is still a rumor right now, it's possible that UFC could hold an event at a military base on December 10, possibly a UFN that would air on Spike similar to an event they did a couple years back. If this event happens, the first fight could be set-Corey Hill vs. Navy veteran Dale Hartt.
Paul Daley: "I'm Going To Be Real Mean" In Title Fight
Cage Rage Welterweight Champion and EliteXC top contender Paul Daley has some choice fighting words for current EXC Champion Jake Shields ahead of their 10/4 title fight. He thinks it'll be a shock to Jake's fans & nuthuggers.
Warning: Article contains an uncensored f-word.
Urijah Faber video interview on Sherdog (Faber vs. Torres? Griffin? Penn?)
From the interview with T.J. De Santis, Things that make you go "hmm..."
Mike Brown is obviously next for you, but after that, at least Stateside, there's not too many guys left for you. A Kid Yamamoto fight has always been elusive for you. Would you ever consider going down to 135 and making a mega-fight with Miguel Torres?
I would contemplate that; I don't think now is the time, really. I feel like there's still some tough '45-pounders out there that are established but haven't been seen by the public yet. So I want to keep fighting at 145. I'd definitely be down for going down to 135, maybe go up to 155 at some point for some super-fights, but my home is the '45s.
The dream matchup for you at '55 is a rematch with Tyson Griffin. Is that something you'd be interested in?
That would be one thing that I am definitely interested in, but I would also like to do a Champion-vs-Champion thing in the UFC. Right now it's B.J., I don't know if he's planning to come back down, [or] what's going to happen with that belt. At some point before my career is over, I could see that happening, but like I said, I'm still looking to establish the 145s, and I've got a lot of guys coming after the belt.
UFC 88 Medical Suspensions
The Georgia Athletic Commission has issued medical suspensions to all fighters on UFC 88. Althought he longest was only 60 days, everyone got a minimum 7 day suspension, which is standard procedure for anyone fighting in Georgia.