Monday, September 08, 2008

RIP Evan - BELIEVE in the POWER of ONE - Part 1

RIP Evan - BELIEVE in the POWER of ONE

NEWS FOR 2009 - New shirts designed by Evan's family are being sold HERE . The profits raised will go to the Team Tanner Foundation which has also been set up by his family.
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“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 Tanner

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THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS WERE WRITTEN SOME OF EVAN CLOSEST FRIENDS, FANS, AND PEOPLE FROM THE MMA COMMUNITY.

"There are no words to explain how I feel right now.

I had seen the threads on the internet about Evans disappearance earlier today and thought nothing of it. Over the past year and a half Evan and I spent a lot of time traveling, training, and living together. Just recently Evan made the trip from California to Quebec to corner me, he hadn't even moved into his apartment yet. That is just an example of the type of friend Evan was.

After my fight Evan and I spent the entire night talking about women, motorcycles, and supplies for his trip. I knew how well prepared he was for this excursion. Although Evan was somewhat of a nomad, he was also very meticulous and organized. He kept a notepad full of  tasks that needed to be accomplished for the day, and as most of you know, a very detailed journal.

Evan meant a lot of things to a lot of people. To some he was a drifter, a poet, a warriror. To others he was a world champion and source of inspiration, he was my best friend. More importantly, Evan was his own man. He knew his path, and he walked it, as he will continue to walk in our hearts.

Please leave comments of memories or stories you have of Evan.
 
BELIEVE in the POWER of ONE."

Ian Dawe
http://www.iandawe.com

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"He would write with painful honesty and admirable vision about every aspect of his journey through this life, and when I would read his words I would always get food for thought.
Sometimes when I write, it’s like I’m reaching out to an old friend without a name or a face. I think of it as some new form of non-physical intimacy....

Reading Evan Tanner’s blog has on many occasions inspired me into that conclusion.
His blog was a porthole into the window of his soul, and reading his brave, uncensored thoughts gave me an invigorated sense of purpose to do the same.
Evan’s take on life was like that of a character in an adventure novel, and his thirst for experience was actually what lead him into fighting in the first place.

I can remember the first time I watched him fight, when I read that he learned his techniques from a video tape and was self trained. I thought that it takes a really unusual person to enter into the toughest sport in the world that way. He took that unusual energy and channeled it to become the UFC middleweight champion of the world.
He was that, and more."

Joe Rogan

http://blog.joerogan.net/


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"...perhaps Tanner's biggest accomplishment wasn't what he did inside the ring but how he connected with people. From writing his "Tanner Chronicles" for InsideFighting to his MySpace blogs and his writing for Spike.com, Tanner brought fans into the intimate details of his life in truly remarkable ways.

He may not have been the most famous fighter in the world but he was one of the most loved and those who did know of him never forgot him. Tanner spent time with fans. He ate with them, drank with them, and hung out with them.

And those out of his immediate range found themselves caring about him after reading his diary-like writing. It was likely not his historically long winning streaks — at one point, spanning 13 fights and two years — or title fight performances that made fans love Tanner but rather the way he shared his life with them.

In a day and age when some pro stars charge fans for autographs, Tanner was more likely to invite one of them along for a ride and tell them a story. Speaking with him before his last fight, Tanner's closing words to me were that he wanted to "thank all the fans for making it possible and making this sport real."

And fans have plenty to thank Evan Tanner for. By bringing them in, Evan made himself and the sport he represented more real.

From his relationships to travels to business ideas to his struggles with alcohol to philosophy, nothing seemed out of bounds for Tanner as he wrote and made each reader feel close to him. Tanner was beyond tough inside the ring and didn't know the word quit, but he was a true warrior because he wasn't afraid to be vulnerable outside of it."


Elias Cepeda

http://www.insidefighting.com


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I talked to Evan on the phone for close to an hour shortly before he left last week to go out into the desert. We spoke mostly about how excited he was for the trip, but we also talked about what to do with this website now that his blog had moved over to Spike.com.

Over the past few years I became good friends with Evan while helping him with his web blog, shirt designs, and few other things. When we last talked about this website there were a lot of ideas thrown around about what to do with it and a lot of stuff was still up in the air. One thing was for sure; Evan wanted to use his name and the exposure that this site receives to do something good for people, especially all the MMA fans and Team Tanner members.

I'm not great with words, and there is nothing that I can say about Evan that hasn't been said more elegantly above this by people like my brother Ian Dawe, Joe Rogan or Elias Cepeda. What I can do is promise to do everything in my power to work with Evan's friends, family, fans, the UFC, and all other interested parties over the coming weeks, months, and years to make this website into something Evan would have wanted, what exactly that will be is still to be discovered.

Evan was a great man and a great friend, he will truly be missed.
Alan Dawe

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"...No matter what the challenges were or how difficult the obstacle, Evan always kept his word....Evan was a great man of honesty, integrity, and substance. Evan always went above and beyond to help a friend, and yet he never met a stranger. He lived life to the fullest as only he could have done. Evan’s grave stone will have two dates separated by a dash, February 11, 1971 - September 8, 2008, but the DASH is what is most important. This represents all the lives he touched, all the adventures he experienced, and most importantly the life he lived. Evan has always believed in the power of one, one person can make a difference, and he did in so many ways.

I am a better person for having had the opportunity to have a friend like Evan. I just want everyone to know we are all devastated with Evan's passing. The memories I have with Evan will live forever. I am extremely proud of all that he accomplished in his short time here. God called home a warrior, a friend, a brother, and an amazing human being. Our prayers are with Jeff and the rest of Evan’s family, friends, and fans."

John Hendrickson

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Posted: September 8, 2008 at 11:12 PM
By: evantanner



Comments (Add)


chris fabulich said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:16 PM

evan tanner

wildman evan tanner , will will misss you buddy , where ever you are keep living your adventours! rip


John R said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Take Care

Thanks for the awesome memories Evan. Be in peace.


Jamie Yetman said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:22 PM

Believe in the Power of One!

You will be missed in and outside the Octagon

R.I.P. Evan Tanner


Joe said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Thanks for everything Evan

I will always be a fan of yours. You lived life to the fullest and I appreciate everything you did for the sport of MMA. You will be missed.


Dominic said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:23 PM

RIP

i did not know you personally, but i enjoyed reading about your travels both though ur personal life and this world.
i believe we had common intrests both with mma and out side it as well you live in the back of my head where i will be reminded of you and what you represented



Jayyet said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:24 PM

Believe in the Power of One!

You will be missed in and outside the Octagon

R.I.P. Evan Tanner


Krupp said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:25 PM

Take care, Champ...

R.I.P. Evan...you were a warrior in and out of the cage. You're still a champion in my eyes..


Joe said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Thanks for everything Evan

I will always be a fan of yours. You lived life to the fullest and I appreciate everything you did for the sport of MMA. You will be missed.


Steve Talbott said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Cage Fighter

Rest in peace brother.


Joe said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Thanks for everything Evan

I will always be a fan of yours. You lived life to the fullest and I appreciate everything you did for the sport of MMA. You will be missed.


Greg carson said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:28 PM

RIP

tanner was a huge inspiration and an incredible individual.. hope that wherever you are right now its something amazing.. peace


Aaron Landers said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:29 PM

RIP, Thanks For The Memories.

True inspiration to all Evan. One of my heroes for the things you did in, and outside the cage. Rest In Peace Evan Tanner.


Lauren said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:32 PM

You were my hero

Believe in the power of One, right Evan? You are my hero. Thanks for everything you did to make me believe again. You will be missed.

<3 td="">


Brandon said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:33 PM

R.I.P. Friend

Evan you were a great guy, you did so much for the sport and were a great role model, you will be greatly missed by many friends, fans and mostly your family. life is one big adventure and you lived it to the fullest, rest in peace friend, you may be gone from this world, but nothing can take away the memories you left us, thank you for everything, you will always be loved and missed.


Sean Sherk said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:37 PM

RIP

Thanks for all the great memories bro, you will be greatly missed Evan!


Sean Bresnahan said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:38 PM

A Full Life

Dear Evan, You embodied the American Spirit. 37 adventurous, gung-ho, head-first, marvelous years. Good for you, Man.


Chris said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:38 PM

We will miss you

To the future hall of famer. You will be missed very much. But your memory will live on in the octagon


Toni said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:38 PM

Rest In Peace

Wow.. I am at a loss for words. May the wings of Angels guide your way to heavan's gate and may your life always be remembered for the postive impact you had on those around you.. Peace and love


BrianC974 said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:39 PM

RIP

An inspiration to many inside and outside of the cage and an all around great guy.

RIP Evan


MISSY aka ilovetortilas said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:44 PM

RIP

I LOVE U FOREVER

FOREVER


Shane Watson [url] said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:52 PM

I Hope You Found It

Evan,

You were always looking for something. Always searching. Always pursuing. Never stopping.

I hope you found whatever it was.

I hope you found peace, friend.

-Shane


Patrick T.O. said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:52 PM

R.I.P.

R.I.P. champ.


Toni said, on: September 8, 2008 at 11:59 PM

Rest In Peace

Wow.. I am at a loss for words. May the wings of Angels guide your way to heaven's gate and may your life always be remembered for the postive impact you had on those around you.. Peace and love


A said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:21 AM

RIP

I never thought I would ever be so depressed about the death of someone I never met. You were a unique personality and there will probably never be someone like you in the MMA world ever again. You will be sorely missed. R.I.P.
-Andrew


Kris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:26 AM

rip

way to be inspirational! you were truly a great human, and while you became a fighter, a philosopher is what you were - a seeker of wisdom. Some of the things you wrote will and have changed peoples lives. thank you for that! rest in peace!


A said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:29 AM

RIP

I never thought I would ever be so depressed about the death of someone I never met. You were a unique personality and there will probably never be someone like you in the MMA world ever again. You will be sorely missed. R.I.P.
-Andrew


pikamookie [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:30 AM

RIP

You were such a unique individual, especially in the MMA world. Hope you're in a happy place now.


Kris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:32 AM

rip

way to be inspirational! you were truly a great human, and while you became a fighter, a philosopher is what you were - a seeker of wisdom. Some of the things you wrote will and have changed peoples lives. thank you for that! rest in peace!


A said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:33 AM

RIP

I never thought I would ever be so depressed about the death of someone I never met. You were a unique personality and there will probably never be someone like you in the MMA world ever again. You will be sorely missed. R.I.P.
-Andrew


Brady Gillihan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:40 AM

I get it

Evan, there are few among us who feel that pull, that call.

Your death tonight reminds me much of how I felt when "The Crocodile Hunter", Steve Irwin died.

There are men in this world who jump in and look around and experience it.

Life is meant to be lived and you did it brother.

Thank you for the example.


Dawn said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:42 AM

RIP

RIP mate you'll be missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends


brett johnson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:44 AM

wold lost a great person

Good luck on your next journey

Godspeed


troy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:53 AM

rip

A true warrior in the ring and a true gentleman out of it. Evan always showed heart and courage in the face of adversity. You sir, will be missed.


Terri Montes said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:05 AM

I am so sorry for the Tanner Family

We have known Evan and Jeff Tanner for several years here in Amarillo TX, we have followed Evan's career from the beginning...he was a one of a kind person and a great motivation to anyone who knew him. I pray to GOD for strength for those he left behind in this time, he and his family were very close and I know this is not only shocking but painfully difficult for them. May his spirit be at peace..Love and miss you always Evan, the Monteses...


Bill said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:09 AM

RIP

Evan had shortcomings like all people do, but he was exemplar on how to live life to its fullest. His blogs provided incomparable inspiration to those who have suffered through their own similar trials and tribulations. His candor about life was sincere and benefical to many more then just one person, which ultimiately was the driving force behind it. The vulnerability displayed along with the triumph achieved will never be forgotten. Thank you for the life lessons Evan, your purpose shall live on through those you have touched. I hope you have finally reached the place of enlightenment you have been relentlessly pursuing.


Steven said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:10 AM

Believe in the power of one.

Evan,

You will be greatly missed. Your words have touched many and will continue to do so even though you are gone. Thanks for the memories.

BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF ONE.


Steven said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:11 AM

Believe in the power of one.

Evan,

You will be greatly missed. Your words have touched many and will continue to do so even though you are gone. Thanks for the memories.

BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF ONE.


Bryan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:15 AM

Thanks

Thanks for everything you've shared with us from your lifes adventures to your lifes struggles. You've been very inspirational to many.


Adriel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:15 AM

Change from within

Evan,
You will be missed.


John Chandler [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:27 AM

RIP Evan

I started writing about the sport of MMA in the spring of 2006. I was really excited about it because I found that I would have quite the avenue for myself to voice my opinions on the sport. Once I figured out that getting in contact with fighters for interviews and to create stories was part of the job description, I became pretty nervous.

One of those fighters that helped quell my fears was Evan Tanner. He quickly became my favorite fighter once I started watching the sport years ago and was one of the first fighters I contacted once I started writing. It couldn’t have been a better choice. Easily one of the nicest guys that I’ve ever spoken to, Tanner, who was admittedly a shy guy himself, calmed me down as I stumbled on the phone with him for the first time. It’s something I’ll never forget.

While it may have been Evan’s urge to push things to the limit that ultimately led to his untimely death, something tells me that he probably wouldn’t have had it any other way. Tanner wanted his life to be filled with stories and adventures. I want Evan to be assured that he got those stories that he wanted. His life could easily be made a movie someday and I’m sure that he’d get a kick out of it. Who knows, anything is possible. Like he always said, you just have to believe.

If his goal was to inspire others, whether through words or actions, you can count me as one of the many. He did it his way and that’s all that counted. The MMA community has truly lost of it’s most beloved and I’m sure he’ll be honored as such.

Rest in peace my friend.



johnny said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:27 AM

where here for a good time not a long time :) so have a good time the sun dont shine every day

evan was an inspiration and a mentor to many he had so much courage and moxie....he always was willing to throw down, never running from a fight.. he showed us what it ment to have true guts and i will always respect him and admire him for that . i never met the man but i could only imagine.. . there was always something about his persona on screen.. like he was a mountain man or some hondo lane from the wild wild west.. i have the out most respect from him and we will all miss him and his fighters grin dearly.. i cant wait to go back and re live all his fighting memories...... RIP champ maybe ill get to spar with ya in heaven some day ..... from a loving fan thanks for all the fights



Alex D. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:33 AM

i'm sorry to hear this news.

i liked to watch evan tanner fight, he was a very aggressive fighter and pretty good to boot. he appeared to be well mannered, with a good heart even though he was a beast in the cage.

we lost one hardcore dude. i'm sorry for his friends and family, hope they adapt to life without him with not so much suffering.

godspeed, good soul was lost.


FinkOne said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:34 AM

"BELIVE IN THE POWER OF ONE" be the change you wish to see in the world

I am genuinely so sorry for your passing. I know you wont ever see this but It feels like I am telling you anyway. You had much class in the ring and when you spoke. Even in your losses you only had heart which was more inspiring than any win. I pray for you from my heart to the one living GOD and as you were genuine in your words I promise so is this message.

Fk-1


m said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:35 AM

weseloh

rest in peace evan tanner. you will all ways rock/ OCEANSIDE for life bud. MW81


SM said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:37 AM

War Tanner

Rest in peace.


matt the bullshark holland [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:37 AM

R.I.P. Evan This just seems so unreal

Evan, you always were an inspiration to me physically and emotionally. You and I had some of the same struggles and demons. You were the true epitome of mma celebrity, no one has ever made themseleves more accessible to the fans than you did. I always had visions of grandeur of you cornering me one day and possibly opening up a few joint ventures with you in beautiful west texas. I am sitting in my apartment in houston right now, and i am absolutely floored. your life was a celebration, and i know that you would want us to go on and be happy that we were blessed with your existence and presence, however I am a selfish person right now. I want to see you wear the belt one more time, I want to roll with you one more time, and I wanna see your smile one last time. I love you bro. Bullshark


bill said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:39 AM

i prayed for evan and family

i have studied many world religions.in mathew ch 17 GOD spoke from sky,JESUS is GODS son,to eyewitnesses,mark ch 9,,,luke ch 9,,,2 peter ch 1:17-18. koran dont say GOD spoke from sky to believe in muhhammed,buddha did not have GOD tell eyewitnesses to believe in buddha.nor hare krishna ,or any other GOD or religion i know about.exodus ch 19:9-11,,,GOD spoke to about 2million eyewitnesses believe in moses.exodus ch 12:37-38,is about 2 million,women children and men,,,i pray for everyone to memorize as much of the HOLY BIBLE as GOD gives you time.pray for me,i was raped when i was a kid,and became a homosexual,i know the BIBLE speaks against me being gay. i pray for yawll.im a martial artist 29 years,different styles.while all are thinking of evans eternity,and praying for angels to take him to streets of gold


Cep said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:39 AM

Lived Like A Man.....Died Like A Man

A true fighter all the way till the end and the epitome of a man. Thanks for sharing your life with the less fortunate. RIP.

WAR TANNER!

Believer,
Cep



Matt and Amanda Y said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:45 AM

A Warrior of the Spirit

Godbless all who had the privilege of knowing Evan. You were and are an inspiration! May you find peace wherever your are now. My wife and I have nothing but respect and love for the man that you are and the warrior you are. R.I.P Evan, you will forever be missed!!!!!!!


Colby Clark said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:45 AM

Miss ya bud!

What a great fighter and a joy to watch, he was one of the first guys i watched when i began to watch mma, my prayers go out to your family Evan. RIP


H. ALLEN said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:46 AM

Good-bye Our Mighty Longhorn

Hail to our colors, orange and white
Victory and honor, glory, might;
Our school's banner waves unfurled,
Proclaiming Caprock to the world;
The Longhorn spirit ever dwells,
And when we bid our fond farewells,
Our love for thee will ever be,
From now till eternity.

Caprock High School - Amarillo, Texas


"Psycho" Steve Hill said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:47 AM

R.I.P.

You were as daring and as inspiring as anyone I have ever met, you will be missed


Candida Blevins said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:49 AM

Goodbye

We have lost a great fighter and a wonderful soul. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones.

May he rest in peace.


Scott C. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:49 AM

We are diminished.

If only there were more people of Evans caliber... You will be sorely missed.


Sam [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:53 AM

You're home now

Your sense of adventure helped spur mine, and your candor about life makes you a real man. Part of me died with you. RIP Evan. You're home now.


mando&lupita said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:53 AM

YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE NOW

WE GOING TO MISS YOU THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT FIGHTS AND MEMORIES GOD BLESS YOU AND R.I.P


Blackbeeard said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:54 AM

peace

final peace and final rest. RIP Evan


DAVID MARTINEZ said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:01 AM

my friend

A great mentor and friend, today is a sad day for me. I thought of him as superman and kind friend.


Lee said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:02 AM

Will be missed

Evan was one of those guys that always seemed to give his best. Win or loose he left it all in the cage, and he always acted like a total gentleman. Much respect Evan, you will be missed. R.I.P.


John W. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:03 AM

Thanks Evan for being a Champion

Every fight was impressive and your amazing triumph through personal battles show personal strength that sooooo many people could learn from. I remember your victory and title win during the David Terrell fight and after that fight you didn't showboat, you gave respect to him like you did every other opponent. That's what made you special. The octagon was not a show to you, it was a respectful home where your fans and other fighters felt amazed to know you. Rest in peace and know people will always enjoy your fights and remember your life. Thanks for the great memories.


Mike C. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:08 AM

RIP

May your soul be roaming the place of your dreams. Rest in peace Evan.


Ian said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:09 AM

Thank you for inspiring me

Evan, it seemed as if you never hesitated in taking the first steps towards reaching a goal. Whether it was fighting in the octagon, or beginning a new adventure, you conducted yourself with confidence and an open mind. When I encounter a road block in my life, I'll remember how you tackled problems head on. Thanks for the memories, and I wish your family well,

- Ian


Oscar carrillo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:17 AM

Belive

Evan!
May your Spirt be free know and the Demons be gone, you will always be in our hearts as a person, Champion, and most important our Friend!!!! May You now rest in peace my friend!!! you will be missed dearly!!!!!!!!!

Oscar

Believe


Jarryd said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:17 AM

RIP

Evan, you were one of the first fighters i saw in action and I've never forgotten you. You'll live on just as your fights have. RIP Evan Tanner, a true warrior


Oscar carrillo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:18 AM

Belive

Evan!
May your Spirt be free know and the Demons be gone, you will always be in our hearts as a person, Champion, and most important our Friend!!!! May You now rest in peace my friend!!! you will be missed dearly!!!!!!!!!

Oscar

Believe


Kyle said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:19 AM

Why?

Why do the ones who you want to live and prosper leave? RIP Evan


SD Kirk said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:20 AM

One of my all time favorites....

Evan.... RIP


CF said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:22 AM

RIP

May you rest in peace, Evan.


Frank said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:24 AM

Sad Sad day

Last year I named my only son Evan. I`ve been a ufc fan since ufc 2. Every time he fought I told myself. I like that name "Evan" So did my wife and Evan it was. Thanks for the memories.


Jack Bratcher [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:26 AM

Rest in Peace Evan Tanner

On behalf of PRO MMA at http://promma.info, I wanted to express our respect and admiration for this great man. Evan has always meant something special to me. I found many similarities between Evan and myself, though I'm positive he was a much better person than myself. In honor of Evan Tanner we will be posting Evan Tanner content every day this week. Our world and our sport has been diminished because of this loss although certainly our world and our sport became greater because of his life. I never met Evan in person and I feel like this; I can't begin to imagine what he must have meant to those people who were actually close to him. Rest in Peace Evan Tanner.
-Jack B.


Oscar carrillo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:29 AM

Belive

Evan!
May your Spirt be free know and the Demons be gone, you will always be in our hearts as a person, Champion, and most important our Friend!!!! May You now rest in peace my friend!!! you will be missed dearly!!!!!!!!!

Oscar

Believe


Jim said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:36 AM

Rest In Peace

I always enjoyed watching you in the ring, but more important for me,through your blogs, you taught me how to be an individual and how to overcome things. I will never forget that... I am glad you got yourself back on track and did the things that you wanted to do... we should all dream to do those things within us... I never met you, but I miss you already... much love!


Van said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:39 AM

A Real Pioneer

Evan I didn't know you personally, but I followed your MMA journey from the beginning. You were one of my favorites. Not only because you were extremely talented and gifted, but because you paved your own path and stuck by your guns when everyone else followed. I admire and respect you as a man, and your time was cut too short. Rest in ever lasting peace Evan.


Rakaa said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:41 AM

Wow...

You will be missed. You fought with class, dignity, style, fun and heart. Bless your soul, and strength to your family, friends and peers.

Rest In Paradise.

Rakaa
Dilated Peoples
Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Torrance, CA)


R.j. Petermichel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:50 AM

BELIEVE

what can i say im still in shock...rest in peace Evan...you was a hell of a warrior and adventurer... you will be missed


fisher KOG said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:52 AM

say it ain't so!

I am truly saddened by this news.
RIP big guy


Joey H said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:54 AM

Thank you, you will be missed

Thank you for having the courage to allow all of us into your life on such a personal level. Most celebrities wouldn’t think of sharing their life experiences in the manner in which you did. Your fights were memorable but your character was legendary. Thank you Evan.


Cooper said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:54 AM

Only once

Evan, you are a great soul. You're such a humble man, who will be dearly missed in and out of the cage.


Jes Ortiz said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:07 AM

New Fan

I had never heard of Evan Tanner until just now. 230am Tuesday morning. I just read the article on MSNBC Sports and was so inspired by this man that I just wanted to say, "God Bless My Brother."


Stephen Galan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:09 AM

I really wish this was some sick joke

I'm at a lost for words but I will do the best I can....I'm glad we got to talk a few weeks back.......I'm glad my son got to meet you and know you.......I'm glad I got to tell you that you're an inspiration to my son......there is so many things that we still needed to catch up on....love my brother


Per Zangenberg [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:13 AM

Gentleman, adventurer, fighter....

I was truly chocked and sadned by learning of Evans death this morning. Allthough I did not now him, he allways struck me as one of the nicest guys in the sport and in general. I really wanted Evans come-back to work out for him, but sadly it was short-lived.

Now he has embarked on the greatest adventure of all and I hope he finally found what he seemed to be searching for...

My condolenses to Evans family and friends.

With Regards
Per Zangenberg
Denmark


Jesse said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:14 AM

A true pioneer

I always loved reading about Evan's adventures, and his philosophies on life. At the age of 37 he had already accomplished so much, a true inspiration to try harder at doing the things you want most. I hope I can be half the man he was. Always a fan, not only as a fighter, but as a person.


Arnold said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:20 AM

Warrior

I am sad to hear this news... I always thought he was a warrior with heart.

RIP Evan.

a fan from Canada


DIE HARD said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:22 AM

TO A TRUE WARRIOR

A true warrior in my eyes RIP.


Steak said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:29 AM

Gone

Living is hard, dieing easy


John said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:33 AM

RIP Evan Tanner

If i can emulate your mentality and attitude toward life in the slightest ill be a whole lot better off. I aspire to your virtue and wisdom. Rest in peace..


Steve said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:34 AM

Thank You Evan

I only got to speak to you a few times on Myspace, but you were an awesome soul. I enjoyed reading your blogs and whatnot, and loved watching you fight. You inspired me to stick with martial arts, and I will see you again one day. Your family will be in my prayers.


Moose said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:41 AM

R.I.P. Evan

Because of you, I believe good people can still finish first. Thanks for everything you've done in your life--I'll never forget you.


Robert said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:41 AM

Worldwide

Your spirit was feelt worldwide. Thank you for all the insperation you gave me.

Vila i frid.

Regards from Sweden.


Toraj said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:42 AM

Thank you Evan

I am a fan of MMA because of him, I can believe this news. I am shocked and can'y even move from my chair.
I am in tears right now.
God Always take the best sooner...

R.I.P


Scott Buendia [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:46 AM

Sorry we never met...

Hey,

Much love to you Evan, wherever you went. I was looking forward to meeting you at Curt's gym. You know who I'm talking about. You had a big heart and you did your best for everyone. Much love, I'm calling Curt tomorrow to make sure he knows. Again, I'm sorry we didn't cross paths. But thanks for being a champ and an inspiration.


Maximilian Jartos said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:47 AM

Rest In Peace Gentle Warrior

I just read the news....Im so sad....crying in fact. My heart goes out to Evan's family, friends and loved ones. I will miss you champ.. The world will miss you. You brought class into MMA. With sympathy....Maximilian


Mark said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:55 AM

Team Tanner Mourns Your Loss Evan

Evan - I'm proud to have been a member of your team: Team Tanner. I am equally proud of your accomplishments, your failures, your struggles, and your bravery. Most of all I'm proud and inspired by your quiet insistence on going your own way and being your own man.

Many will believe your fights against human combatants to be your most noteworthy accomplishments. I believe your fights against conformity and inauthenticity to be - at least to me - the most noteworthy and inspiring.

You were brave enough to face all challenges. Humble enough to admit your weaknesses. Wise enough to believe in the "power of one." Man enough to share it all with us.

I never doubted a word you said.

Thank you and may peace be with you.
-Mark


faisal khan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:05 AM

R I P

Thanks for great fights and great memories, youll be missed


Patrick Staal said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:10 AM

Devastated

I'm so sorry that the world has to get along without Evan Tanner. He was a great inspiration to me and to a lot of people.

MMA will never be the same...


Steven R. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:15 AM

Believe in the power of one.

Evan,
You will always be a warrior in the eyes of many people. A warrior that people were proud to know. Your words will always be remembered even though you are gone. Thank you for the memories. RIP.

BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF ONE.


FELLA said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:18 AM

R.I.P.

Sad to see him go, gave his all in every fight. Condolences to his family.


Yoshi [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:22 AM

Wielka szkoda

Odszedł od nas dobry zawodnik. Wielka szkoda. Spoczywaj w pokoju R.I.P Evan.

Poland


JoeR said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:25 AM

A sad day...

Thanks for the memories Evan. RIP


Eric Dobbs said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:30 AM

Rest In Peace Brother...

You will be missed in San Diego... You were an inspiration to so many. You made a difference in so many lives. Thanks for everything you did in your short life.


Gary said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:39 AM

Believe...

Thanks for everything Evan. I have been a huge fan ever since watching you fight back in 98. I actually got into MMA because of you and all the members of the old team quest. I push myself everyday at work and in training because I believe in myself just like you believed in yourself. Even with your regular guy attitude you were a superhero to me. You will always be remembered by me.


jorge corral said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:42 AM

R I P EVAN TANNER

I did not know this man personally but just to watch him fight was an inspiration, and he will be missed. he was a great champion and a good person R.I.P EVAN TANNER.


Papi said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:42 AM

so long champ.

Thanks man, I know you have found cleansing now that you're with Him.


GERONIMO-FR [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:43 AM

RIP Evan

A big sir of mma left, thank you for all your courage,

RIP mister Tanner...


Ben,
(France)


Mark Mendoza [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:47 AM

Living life to the fullest

You are an inspiration. Thanks for showing Us how to really live. Your memories will forever be remembered.


Ricky said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:48 AM

RIP Evan Tanner

When you were training with us here in Utah, I was so impressed with what a good guy you are. Humble and friendly like a true champion. We had so much in common, you and I. That's what I remember the most about the times we would chat between workouts. You and Ian struck me as two real solid guys who I was glad to know. RIP


GERONIMO-FR [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:50 AM

RIP Evan

A big sir of mma left, thank you for all your courage,

RIP mister Tanner...


Ben,
(France)


GERONIMO-FR [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:51 AM

RIP Evan

A big sir of mma left, thank you for all your courage,

RIP mister Tanner...


Ben,
(France)


Johnny Thomson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:52 AM

Rest in Peace Evan

you will be missed evan, Rest in Peace. from a true fan


JJ said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:59 AM

RIP Evan

Thanks for the inspiration! You will be remembered as a true warrior who overcame thing in his life.
My condolences to the family


Tyler said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:00 AM

You Were Quite the Spirit

I can't help but think of the closing of this Stephen Spender poem:

"The names of those who in their lives fought for life
Who wore at their hearts the fire's center.
Born of the sun they traveled a short while towards the sun,
And left the vivid air signed with their honor."

The name "Evan Tanner" is amongst those names. We'll miss you, Evan. It was an honor watching you fight.


Kevin said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:06 AM

Rest In Peace, Evan

You were an inspiration to so many of us, as a warrior and as a man. I salute your courage to live on your own terms. You will be missed, but you will not be forgotten.


Pawel Ziolkowski [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:09 AM

See you in Valhalla warrior

See you in Valhalla warrior


chris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:13 AM

Wow....Speechless

Well i really dont know what to say... I didnt know my heart could hurt so much for somone i didn't know.. I work gravyard and everynight i would go to spike to see if Evan posted a new blog..before that i was reading his blog here..You truly were a great inspiration. I'll miss reading about your many adventures. You lived a life i could only dream of.. I truly hope wherever you are now, you are at peace.. RIP Evan


chris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:14 AM

Wow....Speechless

Well i really dont know what to say... I didnt know my heart could hurt so much for somone i didn't know.. I work gravyard and everynight i would go to spike to see if Evan posted a new blog..before that i was reading his blog here..You truly were a great inspiration. I'll miss reading about your many adventures. You lived a life i could only dream of.. I truly hope wherever you are now, you are at peace.. RIP Evan


chris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:16 AM

Wow....Speechless

Well i really dont know what to say... I didnt know my heart could hurt so much for somone i didn't know.. I work gravyard and everynight i would go to spike to see if Evan posted a new blog..before that i was reading his blog here..You truly were a great inspiration. I'll miss reading about your many adventures. You lived a life i could only dream of.. I truly hope wherever you are now, you are at peace.. RIP Evan


chris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:17 AM

Wow....Speechless

Well i really dont know what to say... I didnt know my heart could hurt so much for somone i didn't know.. I work gravyard and everynight i would go to spike to see if Evan posted a new blog..before that i was reading his blog here..You truly were a great inspiration. I'll miss reading about your many adventures. You lived a life i could only dream of.. I truly hope wherever you are now, you are at peace.. RIP Evan


Brad Cunningham said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:20 AM

Evan, Rest In Peace Bud

I currently reside in Amarillo, Texas. I met Evan while working at a local gym. We became friends and on occasion, banged the weights around together. I liked Evan from the start. He's a cool cat! I had'nt seen or talked to Evan in quite awhile. he did'nt make it back to Amarillo too often after he moved away. But, I followed his UFC progress, watching most all of his fights. The world was a better place with Evan around. Adios for now, Evan.


Tom said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:25 AM

Rest in peace..

..you will be remembered and missed. You already are.


Mario Witteman said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:25 AM

Why?

This is a moment for everybody to realise that life can end real quick. Evan Tanner is someone who lifed life to the fullest. He is an example for everybody. Fighter and non-fighter.

My thoughts are with your Family and Friends.
The will miss a great person in there life.

Mario Witteman
The Netherlands


Steve said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:27 AM

Inspiration

Evan-You ARE, not were a true inspriation not only as a fighter, but as a person. In a world of plastic people with transparent hearts it is obvious to me this world would be a better place with more Evan Tanners walking around.... I would have loved to have the opportunity to meet you.....


John said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:28 AM

RIP Evan

If ever a man deserved to grace the wings of an angel it would be Evan Tanner. You earned them.

The fight world, blog world, the whole world will miss you always.

Thank you Evan and rest in peace.


jason taruc said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:30 AM

Believe!

Rest in peace. Thank you for inspiring us.

Jason Taruc
The Philippines


Forsa del Viper said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:30 AM

Team Viper Port Glasgow

RIP Brother, True warrior and a inspiration as a man!

The Wild Man will always be remembered, i love your style dude, in and outside of the Octagon!

RIP a Great man


Jame "Big Jeezy" from MMA Freaks on Myspace!!! [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:32 AM

To Evan, you are a champion in life!!!

Here at MMA Freaks we, give our prayers to the Tanner family. Evan, you are a huge inspiration, and will continue to be a champion of life!!!
In honor we have dedicated our myspace page in memory of Evan!!!



ben said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:37 AM

miss you buddy

you were one of the many people that i wanted to meet before i died. your true example and an unimaginable inspiration. thank you.


yan allegret said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:37 AM

Un frère d'armes lointain mais aimé / from Paris

Merci Evan.tu as été une source d'inspiration pour moi. Merci d'avoir combattu comme tu l'as fait. Et partagé avec les fans certains aspects de ta vie.
La nouvelle de ta mort m'a électrocuté aujourd'hui.
Condoléances à sa famille et ses amis.
La voie continue.
Souvenirs, grande affection, grand respect pour Evan Tanner.
Maintenant la paix, je l'espère.

Yan


Tim Maxwell [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:38 AM

Rest in Peace Brother

just checked foxnews.com and it was one of the top headlines. I don't know if Evan embraced reincarnation, or heaven but I do and I sincerely hope he is at peace.

In a strange way I feel we connected during his most recent battle outside the octagon when I made the photoshop of him with the huge beard he had and his hair combed straight out side by side with Boss Ross, the painter from the PBC television series.

Evan enjoyed the humor of the picture so much he left it as his myspace photo for a couple of weeks. Granted I never met him in person but if I did I'm sure we would have shared a laugh over that.

I always enjoyed his photos and the depth of life and emotion he put into words on myspace and his online journals shows a man who loved life and dared to live it better than many of us have or can.

IMHO God takes everybody back home to Heaven when it is their time so for me this is not a moment of sadness but of joy, for Evan is back with the Father in the True Light of Life and Love and back to doing whatever Souls do there. :-)

God bless one and all, here on Earth and in Heaven.

twm


Steve lee said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:42 AM

Rip

Gone but NEVER forgotten


Danny said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:42 AM

God rest

RIP Evan may u find the peace in heaven which u sort after in this life. You will be truelly missed.


John Richmond [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:43 AM

Very Sad Day for family, friends, fans, and training partners

A mans spirit is not dead until he is forgotten. And you my friend have the spirit of a giver and a warrior. A spirit that wont back down. You will not be forgotten in this life time.
Your trully,
John Richmond


Graham said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:45 AM

rest in peace

This is just another adventure for him, I will miss his genuine honesty, an all too rare quality in this sometimes shallow sport.
A genuine inspiration.
Farewell Evan

Graham, UK


David Jason Silver [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:47 AM

The Man Who Wanted To Do Everything

I briefly meet Evan a couple years ago when he attended an MMA event in Arizona. He seemed like a really nice guy and extremely humble for a man who was an UFC MMA World Champ. His death followed 24 hours after the death of my 7 1/2 year old Green Cheek Conure parrot Pee Wee "GIRL" who was a family memeber to me. I cried all day and night for her and I know Evan heard me. Take care of her for me Evan, she is a real lover.

Peace to you my friend and I hope you show all those in heaven how to have a good time. I wish we could of rode together on some trips. It is crazy but for the past couple months I have wanted to buy a sailboat. It must of been really sad for you that your Ketch went down in Mission Bay and it was quite the adventure. The beauty of seeing dolphins I can share that experience whn I served in the US Navy.

Say hello to John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King for me.

Silver Kid


Tom said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:52 AM

I am so sorry.

And my thoughts go out to all his loved ones.


adriano volpi said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:53 AM

respect

even if i was not really a fan of the fighter i was certainly a fan of the man, he was always respectful, humble, grounded, truly 1 of a kind.
vaya con dios amigo


Pistone said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:54 AM

RIP

go in peace.


Dave said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:57 AM

RIP Evan

I met evan down in oregon a few years back,one of the most grounded,humble fighter who made it you could have met. i want to send my prayers to the mma community,the fans,we truly lost a brother today,god bless you evan,you will be missed greatly


Kevin Stoddart said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:57 AM

Inspirational Warrior

You are one of the few people I can actually say I admire, yet I have never met you. From reading your blogs and watching your fights you truly are a warrior and an inspiration to me and I'm sure to many others. Your loss is unfathomably tragic. I will never forget you.

Rest In Peace


Neal Palmer said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:58 AM

RIP

I find this hard to believe. I was still hoping for a comeback, or at least a great win. Im gutted. I even mailed Evan during his comeback and he got back to me. man this is really sad.

Rest in Peace.


Aron Russell said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:02 AM

You'll be missed

God bless Evan's family and friends in their time of sorrow. May Evan find peace wherever he may be.


JAS said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:05 AM

In Memorandum

The UFC lost a great comeback story, MMA lost a veteran, and the world lost a decent man. His immortality will come from the great fights he gave the world.

When I hear thunder, I will know its just you tapping out God during a sparring session!

RIP Evan, the patron spirit of MMA.


Alan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:06 AM

Last of the Mohicans

Evan,
I dont look up to many people or write on many blogs! But you lived life to the full i looked up to you as a fighter and a person! I was so looking forward to the comeback and I will always remember and look up to you and tell people about you.

Team Tanner - Believe in the Power of One!


Sam said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:06 AM

Evan the fans will miss you!

Attended UFC 84 in Vegas and Evan was signing autographs at the weigh in. He stayed and talked & signed for every fan, all the other big names had left yet Evan carried on way over time making every fan happy.

Awesome Guy, awesome fighter RIP Evan


Joseph Arce said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:08 AM

A True Hero

I can't put into words how amazing of a person you are Evan. You've done so much for so many people. A true sportsman, a true inspiration, a true warrior, and a true hero in every sense of the word. You will be missed greatly by many including myself. See you on the other side Evan!

-Joseph


Roger Wyatt said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:11 AM

Goodbye for now our friend

No words can be said during this time to ease the pain, but you will be greatly missed and admired for all that you have done & shared. Take care my friend...


Mathieu said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:14 AM

RIP

I can still remember all of the times that you and my uncle Edy would come to the gym that my mom worked and you would always say hi. There were even times that you and my uncle would take me for icecream in Amarillo Tx. I have followed your career ever since I can remember. I will miss you.


Todd said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:15 AM

Gone but not Forgotten

Years ago I wrote you an email. We emailed back and forth several times. I was a big fan. And you took the time when many other fighters might not have. I will always remember that. I hope you find the peace you were looking for. Todd


Jean-Paul said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:21 AM

Inspiration

You will inspire thousands of people to live life to the fullest. To live life as an adventure and appreciate the journey. They will write great stories about you...and you will live on in the hearts of those who cherish your free spirit and your never ending search for truth. Travel In Peace.

Jean-Paul, Las Vegas

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


Nash said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:22 AM

Respect

Rest in peace. My condolences to Evans familly and friends


Andy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:22 AM

So sad

Such an inspiration to me Evan. Desperately sad at your loss. Peace my friend


Patrick Studle said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:23 AM

RIP

Evan I hope you found the peace you were in search of you will be miss by all. RIP buddy.


Doros said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:25 AM

The heart of a lion ...

Peace to you brother. You really had the heart of a lion.


elton said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:29 AM

Heavan Awaits....

A ship sails and I stand watching till he fades on the horizon and someone at my side says he is gone.

Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. He is just as large now as when I last saw him. His diminished size and total loss from my sight is in me, not in him.

And just at that moment, when someone at my side says he is gone, there are others who are watching him coming over their horizon and other voices take up a glad shout - There he comes!

That is what dying is. A horizon and just the limit of our sight.

Lift us up O Lord, that we may see further.


Matt Dibben said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:31 AM

RIP Buddy

u were a great fighter, a great role model and a great inspiration to many including myself. Rest in peace Evan you'll never b 4gotten


kellly schueler said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:32 AM

you will be missed

My heart is soo heavy that I cannot even put my feelings into words right now. I never got to meet Evan, but he touched my life with journal. You were loved by many & will be missed by all.


HughC said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:33 AM

Inspiring

RIP Evan. I've found so much inspiartion in the way you lived and shared your life. You were a great fighter and a great man.


Rick M. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:37 AM

Peace

Evan you are the man you will be sorely missed


Brian [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:39 AM

MOTIVATED ME-

I loved to watch you fight. You were a true warrior. I know the battles you waged within the cage were easier than some outside but nontheless you motivated me to train and get to know MMA.
Rest now and may God take you into his arms.
I will miss you Evan Tanner. We will all miss you.


Chris from the UK said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:47 AM

We will miss you

Goodbye Evan,

I have been a believer in you since 2002 and only wished I had attended the Brawl at the Hall as I know now I have missed my opportunity to meet you.

My wife and I are fans for life, I have respected all your battles inside and outside of the cage and believe you are a inspiration to us all.

Good luck in you new adventures in the next life and peace be with you.

Evan Tanner RIP - I will always believe...


gavin [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:47 AM

RIP Evan

RIP Evan , you were an inspiration to many people , living the life of an adventurer !!!


Peace Bro !!!!


Sam Maddalena said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:53 AM

God bless you and your familyxy4

Evan was one of the most talented fighters that I have ever had the pleasure of watching. I looked forward to watching all of his fights. He will be terribly missed by all.


F. Ruiz said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:02 AM

You will be forever missed

I sit here in shock and have been hoping that this is a bad dream. Evan your loss to the world will be felt for some time. Rest easy great adventurer and warrior i know that your adventures will go on forever. You will be dearly missed my friend. Evan was a friend, brother, son, insperation, and will eternally be a world champion


Brian said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:06 AM

RIP

RIP


Leonard said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:10 AM

Thankyou Evan

Like a lot of people I only knew Evan through his blogs and the UFC. His attitude really inspired me and will do for a long time. I'm gutted that he's gone, but he won't ever be forgotten. A true legend in every sense, if I can have even a fraction of the adventures he had I'll be a happy man.

Going to miss reading about your adventures dude, thank you for sharing it all with us.

Rest in Peace

Believe in the power of one

-Leonard



M Lopez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:10 AM

RIP

I have followed Even since his days back in Amarillo's shoot fights. Watching him as a headliner was worth the price of admission... His energy and devotion to he sport was awesome... Was sad to hear of his passing, no matter the way or reason... Who are we to judge???? My prayers go out to his family and TRUE friends....


Joshua Carroll said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:13 AM

RIP

A true adventurer and a man who lived as he wanted to live, inspiration to us all and a tremendous fighter. We will miss you Evan, my prayers to your family and friends


Seth S said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:18 AM

He was a great guy to watch

We will all miss him, he was a great guy to watch and he always seemed very real. May God bless him and keep him close.


zoe mcvey [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:18 AM

R.I.P

sorry 2hear the bad news , u will b missed ...... zoe mcvey xxxxx


Steve Moore said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:19 AM

Inspiring

From the moment I first saw Evan fight against Phil Baroni, I was impressed. But it was after the fight, when he was on the mike, that I became a true fan. Just a great guy, humble, and inspirational. There is now a void that will be impossible to fill. Hope you found your peace Evan.


David Scobey said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:19 AM

RIP

There is nothing to say but the world of MMA will have a darker night sky with Evan's star gone.


Luke said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:20 AM

Rest forever in peace

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

I became a fan of Evan Tanner through his fighting career, but moreso the insight and relevation that he gave us through his blogs. His story helped inspire me through my own tough times, when I questioned whether it was worth carrying on, or if I even could. Reading his writings where highlights that kept me sane and grounded. It made me belive in the power of one.

Now i'm very very sad, but forever changed for the better by the influence of a man I've never met. That's a gift he gave many people. I know he didn't want people to see him as a hero, but he was the every man hero... The one who overcome's his flaws the achieve the happy ending.

In my mind now, I don't think of him as passed away. I think of him, after arriving and setting up camp, next to a fire at sunset. Breathing in the fresh airs and contemplating the beauty of life. That's the image of beautiful sadness I see in my mind's eye.

RIP Evan Tanner.


Joshua Clya said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:20 AM

Forever a Champion and a Hero

When i read about Evan I could not believe what i was reading i followed his fights from the first time he entered into the octagon. He did it hes way and no other he inspired me and made me believe in alot. my prayers and regards to his family. He will forever be a chapion and hero in my book and heart


Kevin said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:23 AM

One of the most explosive people I've ever seen

Thank you for all the love and heart you put into every match. You were a true warrior both in and out of the ring. Every fight was a highlight reel, every match was fought as if it was your last. Thank you for all the memories. My condolences to all the friends, and family. Be at peace. You will be remembered.


Paul said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:27 AM

RIP

I bought a beanie off this website. I needed a beanie because it's winter down here (in Australia) and Evan had not long before started his Team Tanner idea. Evan E-mailed me in person to thank me for the purchase and included a signed photograph/UFC card with it. The guy is an absolute legend and I'll miss reading his blog and watching him fight.

RIP


alehound said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:28 AM

Valhalla has gained a warrior

I drink a beer for you Evan.One of a kind.

I am so sad....



Oscar Ross said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:31 AM

God Bless You Evan

To Evan's Family,Friends and the UFC. God does not make mistake. He gave us evan for a little while now he took his angel to be with him. While we will miss his presence and exciting action in the octagon we chould take comfort in knowing that he is smiling down at us and saying I had a fun ride while I was there. So we must rejoice in the life and times of EVAN TANNER the man the myth and the legden. GOD BLESS YOU EVAN TANNER RIP MY FRIEND AND YOU WILL BE MISSED.

GOD SPEED
OSCAR ROSS


Whispeirng_Death said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:31 AM

An Inspiration and a Hero to us All

My words are not sufficient to express my feelings.

Evan was a fighter to everyone and an inspiration to most of us. He had so much more life to live himself and so much more to give humanity. He lived life as one of the great class acts in professional sportsmanship, one of the great intellectuals of his class, and someone who dared us all to view life as an adventure and live life to its fullest.


Oliv said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:32 AM

RIP

R.I.P Champion


Bo Kindstrand [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:32 AM

This is the end my friend

this is the end... the last and only friend the end... we never look in your eye again... rest in peace bro.


george said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:36 AM

R.I.P

RIP Evan you will be missed, im a huge fan of MMA/UFC as well as yours. Im not very good at doing these but when sports icons leave in such ways as evan did there isnt much I can say to his true friends and family because i didnt know Evan like you all did. He seemed like a good genuine person in the ring and gave it in every match he had so it shows that he doesnt quit. Rest In Peace Evan you will be missed by all

My condolences to all family and friends. You will be remembered.


emiliano said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:38 AM

RIP

we are all together to share this sadness, this unbelivable felling.
rest in peace forever, evan.
you are a great men.


shawn [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:39 AM

a life well lived

R.I.P. Evan

you lived a life many of us dream of, but are afraid to actually live, you were an inspiration


Vega Vaughn [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:39 AM

RIP Evan Tanner

From the staff of gymtops.com we would like to send our condolences to his friends & family. He will surely be missed.


JASON HAWKINS said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:44 AM

RIP EVAN

my heart goes out to all his family and friends. im truly sorry for your loss. he will be greatly missed.


Scott Phillips said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:48 AM

RIP Legend

Believe in the power of one,top quote by a top man!True pioneer of the sport.Will be truly missed,my regards to the family.

RIP Evan,Gone but never forgotten


Claude said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:49 AM

Thank you Sir

You will be greatly missed.
You are a great fighter, an awesome man, and an amazing storyteller.

You will be in my prayers to help you start this new journey of yours.

You will be immortal in the memories of many of us.

Farewell


Frankie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:52 AM

What a life

Evan you lived one of the most pure and free spirited lifes I have ever known anyone to live. You had your ups and you had your downs just like the rest of us, but you allways pulled through. You will be missed greatly by all your fans. My condolences go out to all his family and friends.

War Tanner forever and always!


corey ishman said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:52 AM

True Warrior: RIP

You were the definition of a warrior,and an inspiration to other warriors to come.Win or lose, you always gave it everything you had and never gave up,that is what a true warrior does.RIP.


Mr. Joe Saladino said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:53 AM

God Bless You Evan!

May total peace and the blessings of Jesus come to you and yours always! www.selfdefense.net


Adam Rpgers said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:56 AM

Gone, but never to be forgotten

I had the pleasure of meeting Evan briefly in December last year. He was in the lobby of the Mandalay Bay and was absolutely swamped by fans but not once did it look like he was bothered by all the people wanting to talk to him and have their picture taken. He waited to see and shared a few words with everyone who wanted to, including myself. What it said to me was he was an extremely kind and considerate man who seemed to have love for all his fellow man. There were no airs and graces about him. He just seemed like a really decent man and an inspiration to us all.

He will be Greatly missed both as a fighter and as a human being and my condolences go out to his family and friends.

Evan was on of a kind and the world is a slightly worse place without him here.

Rest in Peace Champ. Your legend will live on.


Christian Jacinto [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:09 AM

Thanks for the memories EVAN TANNER!

I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great man. I've never known this guy personally but I've been a fan of his ever since I saw him fight in the UFC. He's always been a warrior in and out of the Octagon. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Evan Tanner.

And Evan, I hope to see you in the after life. Maybe we can hike together or something.

You will be missed Evan. Enjoy the deserts, mountains and rivers of heaven. Thanks for the memories sir.

- Christian Angelo Jacinto
Quezon City, Philippines.


valrond said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:10 AM

Terrible news. Rest for eternity, you earned it.

It is a very sad day for the MMA community. Tanner was one of the most exciting and corageous fighters to step in the octagon. It's a shame he had to die so young. We all will miss you.


Dez Watson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:10 AM

May God bless you Evan.

Thank you for the wonderful memories. God truely has blessed us with you and now has called you to walk closer with him. You will be greatly missed. God bless you and your firends & family.


DANIEL EDRALIN said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:11 AM

Will miss you Champ.

"INVICTUS"
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from north pole to south pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my conquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of Circumstance
I have not laugh nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of Chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the comedy of the light,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find satan, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How change with punishments the book,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

RIP CHAMP, YOU WILL BE MISSED, THANK YOU FOR THE WARRIOR SPIRIT YOU SHOWED AND POSSESSED.
DANIEL


andy weston said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:11 AM

Sad Passing Of A Troubled Warrior

I pray that you have found peace now Evan, my thoughts are with all who knew you and were touched by your passing.


Tony Wong said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:11 AM

Dear Mr. Evan... from a stranger who just get to know you

Hi, how are you? Hope you find what you want there. To be honest, I have never know you... until 10 minutes ago. I read about your news on Yahoo, and after my research on your background, I realised that you are a real advanturous HERO, a good friend of many people, champion... and much more. I believed you already give it all out in your short & memorable life, so please REST yourself a bit in HOLY GOD's hands.
from a stranger who is lucky enough to know a story for a GREAT MAN - EVAN TANNER


Kwon Kolo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:13 AM

Very sad

Very sad to hear this.

Hope you are in a better place now Evan.

Rest in Peace.

You will be remembered!


J- Boxer said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:13 AM

J- Boxer

R.I.P. Brother


JK said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:14 AM

Will be so sorely missed

I'm just another guy who was touched by Evan. I hope you are at peace, and that your friends and loved ones can take some comfort in this terrible time from the memories of having shared life with such a wonderful person.

We'll miss you.


Robert Shadrach said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:17 AM

Thanks for all the memories

Thanks for what all you have done for the sport of mma you will always be remembered. R.I.P.


Jia Hao said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:17 AM

RIP

RIP Evan Tanner.


Brent said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:22 AM

God bless

God bless! You were an inspiration to soo many..i'm sorry to see you leave this place, but know you will brighten up your next destination. You are sadly missed...


Paul Bretherton said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:22 AM

I love you mate

Evan, god will take care of you and give you the life you deserve in heaven. I will miss you dearly
See you soon x


Mike said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:24 AM

You will be missed

Evan, you've always shared your adventures with us thru your blogs. I know your fans loved that about you. I know personally that you carried a good heart and want to thank you personally for sending an autographed picture to a friend of mine that was such a fan of yours. It made her day. You will truly be missed.


Sandy Freer Sinister Angel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:25 AM

To a great friend, a life adventurer!

Evan was an incredible person and a great friend. I spoke with him Wednesday, just before he left for his road trip. He sent me a picture for a poster, he was a to be a guest in November in Oklahoma. Thanks for always being you Evan when others wanted you to be who they needed. XOXO RIP!!

Here's a blog I wrote about him a couple years ago:
Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Evan Tanner - the real deal

If you ever find yourself surfing the myspace profiles, stumble across Evan Tanners, you won't be sorry. Evan has a way of writing indepth blogs that make you think. Trust me you'll find yourself wrapped up in a question that's not easily answered, I was honored to have met him, we talked at great length about life and his views. I was pleasantly surprised at what an intellectual he really is. Not wanting to take away from his tough exterior but inside he's a very gentle soul, I was drawn to that as you will be also. He's a special person, rare to this world as he carries a special quality of thinking beyond what he sees. Most people perceive only what their eye tells the brain, he looks for the story behind it. I use to think about Evan Tanner in the manner of his fight beginnings, his perseverance in being self taught yet facing many other opponents coming from schools. Impressive. This was my encouragement for my first fight, if Evan Tanner can do it, and he's only a human like I am..then why can't I. Now I'm here in my spot in life but now I fight for a different reason, meeting Evan reminded me of my thoughts of over a year ago. It was an honor meeting him but better yet for making a new friend who's gifted, talented, intelligent, insightful and sincere. I wish him well in whatever lies ahead for him.


q said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:25 AM

sad

damn, i remember seeing evan tanner in the earlier ufc shows, i got so glad when he came back to the ufc a while ago, cause he seemed like a good fighter with a really humble and nice personality wich you dont so to often..

when i heard about this, i just got so sad.

RIP evan, you will be missed worldwide.


Dean said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:26 AM

Why?

We as a human race need more people like Evan, to realize what life really means. To enjoy life for what it is and not what it is supposed to be. Why do the most benefical people always seem to be lost. Maybe we as a society have left no room for an open thinker with a honest heart. Evan will be missed


Paul said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:26 AM

Thanks for the MMA memories

Always had a soft spot for Evan Tanner as he, along with Randy Couture got me back into watching the UFC still to this day as I liked both watching his fights and his personality. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time, so sad. RIP Evan Tanner and thank you.


Paul C said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:27 AM

Thanks for the MMA memories

Always had a soft spot for Evan Tanner as he, along with Randy Couture got me back into watching the UFC still to this day as I liked both watching his fights and his personality. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time, so sad. RIP Evan Tanner.


Sam said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:34 AM

A very sad day......

I never met Evan, I never read any of his journals, I only ever saw his fights and read his UFC related interviews. But even my brief encounter with Evans world has left a mark on me. Evan has done what many off us wish we had the balls to do, follow a dream.

He has inspired many

R.I.P


Billy [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:35 AM

We will miss you, Evan.

Evan lived the kind of life many men dream of, and he did it on his own terms. His courage and sense of adventure were an inspiration to us all.

Rest in Peace, Evan.


Jimmy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:36 AM

R.I.P. Evan

U will be missed, a true inspiration, lived life to the fullest n will always be remembered as a true warrior. R.I.P.


Dylan Shrout said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:37 AM

REST IN PEACE

Rest in peace Evan Tanner. Thank you for all of your contributions to the sport. You were a true warrior in every sense of the word. You will be missed.

From a PROUD Team Tanner member. BELIEVE!


Benson from Puerto Rico said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:37 AM

R.I.P. Evan

You will be missed all over the world. Your fights were memorable.


Andy from Scotland said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:42 AM

A true champ

A legend of a man that became a legend of a sport.

Rest in peace


Tim said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:42 AM

Power of One

Evan was a true warrior and a good friend, but lets not take our eye off the One with the Power, the one and only forgiver of sins, Jesus Christ our Lord and savior. I pray that Evans relationship with Jesus was secure and during Evans final fight Jesus was working Evans corner. Romans 6:23


Mike B said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:44 AM

Ride on Brother

Thanx for the memories! Ride on.


Joey [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:45 AM

Rest In Peace

There is nothing cooler then knowing he lived his life doing exactly what he wanted to do

He Lived his life
He will be Missed

JG


matt stampe [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:46 AM

Evan Tanner- The Vision Quest Continues

Evan- your journey has just begun. "You are every being, every emotion, every event, every situation. You are infinity. there is only one realization of all truths. You are love and light. This is the law of ONE.Evan Tanner- you now may begin to understand, the shift that has taken place, restructuralization of being reborn. This multi-dimensional awareness is simply the embodiment of your higher presence separated from 3rd density form. Reawaken and step forward into that which you have always been. Discard fears and limitation,dissolve and disappear. Step through, it has been awaited, yearned, and prepared for arduously. There is no separation with the sphere of multi-dimensionality. As the illusion of duality drops away with the entrance of integration like a child back to its mother- recognize inherent oneness that permeates everything and everyone, everywhere, at all times. Arise now and know you are the golden rays of the one star, brilliant beams of light, each radiating purist love, from the source of the divine. The time of concepts has past, release them gently, let the winds of change dance among you for you are finally free. Know that the earth and sky reside within you, wedded in sacred union like night and day. Reborn ones, listen to this message, surrender into the light across both earth and sky, the golden dawn has come."



RJ StCroix said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:46 AM

RIP Evan.

i feel very sad that i will never get to see Evan compete again and the world has lost a great warrior, but there is only one way for a true warrior to finally rest. your journey is complete and you can finally be free.

RIP Evan.


james myers said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:47 AM

my condolences

a sad loss to the ufc, and to all those who he inspired.

i loved seeing the courage evan showed in his fights against bigger, more fancied opponents. i liked his general attitudes and outlook on life. but i really really loved his beard. that always put a smile on my face. you sir, were a dude!

much love,
from the uk.

"we are after death what we were before we were born" (just be what you are)


James from London [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:48 AM

Gutted

Completely shocked and aghast at this but Tanner lives on through his fans forever!

WAR TANNER!!!!!111



LUIS said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:49 AM

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Evan you lived your life exactly how you wanted it and you choose your own destiny, not a lot of people have the courage to do that. You might be gone but rest assured you are not forgotten.

Team Pitbull


michael D said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:49 AM

this blows

Sad to hear the news, RIP E.T.



Walker said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:50 AM

Never forgotten

To his friends and family I can only hope and wish you the best through this difficult time. Evan brought so much to life and although he was a champion in the UFC he was even more impressive outside of fighting. His character and individuality are the things I will miss most. Evan will live on in so many memories and will truly never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace


Phil from Ireland said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:51 AM

EVAN TANNER FOR THE HALL OF FAME!

I remember one of the earliest UFC fights I saw on TV was Tanner vs Franklin, even though Evan lost, he was a warrior and kept going even though his face was a mess.

A true legend, and will never be forgotten.

RIP Evan Tanner, still a champion.


Damon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:52 AM

Wow

You will be missed.


Jeff Delosantos said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:52 AM

Thanks Evan

Evan I really enjoyed watching your fights, You have also done alot for the sport! Thank You Evan you will be greatly missed.


-Jeff D. Denton Texas


The Miller Family said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:54 AM

Rest In Peace

You will be missed, you are in our hearts always!


Adnan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:55 AM

Thanks

I admire how adventorous your life was because you chose that path. On top of that, you overcame your obstacles and proven that "whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." Have fun on your next adventure, Evan.


scott said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:55 AM

R.I.P.

YOU ARE AND WILL ALWAYS BE A TRUE INSPRATION TO SO MANY YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN


Ben McCameron said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:56 AM

Heavy Heart

It with a heavy heart that write these words. I was both shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Evan Tanner. We did not know one another but I was a huge fan of his work and his work ethic. I really enjoyed watching Evan work his magic on the public stage. He was a great fighter (which is the only way I knew him), I am sure he was a lot of things to alot of people. To his family and close friends. I am sorry for your loss but Evan is in a better place now. Take care of each other and thanks for sharing Evan with the world while he was with us.


Ash said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:58 AM

free

Your free now Evan but you will be missed, i looked up to you on how to overcome certain things in life. your my hero


Bret Stout said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:59 AM

RIP

The world is alittle bit colder without you man.


Babalu said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:00 AM

RIP

all my condoléances to Evan's family...
he was a great fighter!


Chris Haley said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:00 AM

Believe...

You were a true warrior. You touched many lives, you will be greatly missed. You passed up money for your beliefs and you made it back to the top. You did it big, and on your terms. For that I will always admire you . R.I.P. Evan.


boombalonga said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:01 AM

Too soon

I didn't know you personally, Evan, but that doesn't mean you didn't make an impact on me or the rest of the world.

Thank you for baring your soul for all to see.

You'll be missed by a great many people.

My heart goes to his family and friends.

R.I.P. Evan.


Roger said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:03 AM

A maverick and pioneer in the Auld West spirit.

Couldn't believe it when I read the headline, really really shocked.


Mike White [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:04 AM

R.I.P...

I'll miss watching him... One of my favorite fighters ever! Go in peace


Ken said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:06 AM

U will be missed brother..

Evan, I have enjoyed watching you in the UFC over the years. U was definitly one of my favorite fighters.. Take care on the other side brother.....


David said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:07 AM

Evan lived an interesting life; regret nothing.

Evan Tanner probably lived a fuller and more interesting life than most people. It's sad that he passed away at such a relatively young age but that's how life is. He was able to succeed in the UFC as well as see/hear/do things a lot of us only dream about. He will be missed. He always had one of the more interesting fighter blogs and he was obviously a very unique individual. I wish him well wherever he may be now. He'll definitely be remembered. The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long.


Russell said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:07 AM

Just a man like you...

I found Evans blog about a year and a half ago while trying to find out what happened to one of my favorite fighters when i got into mma back in 2003. When i found this blog i read it as far back as it would go and was so inspired by his stories and adventures. I hope that someone will keep the blog up for others to find like i did. Stay in the fight Evan; we'll be rooting you on.


Phillip said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:07 AM

Tragic loss

Rest in peace. All others keep level headed and strive for excellence


WiemTo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:08 AM

"Nie umiera ten kto trwa w pamięci żywych..."

[*]


Scott Anderson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:09 AM

Thanks

Tanner you will continue to be the journey man that inspires us to lead lives in pursuance of self truth and strong hearts. Thank you


Colum Whelan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:12 AM

RIP Evan

RIP from Ireland


Bronson90 [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:14 AM

A dedicated solider of the MMA sport...

Your spirit lives on in the MMA community, RIP my friend.


Henry Porter said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:14 AM

RIP Evan

He seemed like a very nice person. What a sad day. RIP.


Greg said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:14 AM

Keep searching

Now he's got a whole new world to explore. RIP Evan, we're all going to miss you. I still believe in the power of one. You're an inspiration.


Adrian Rosenbusch said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:14 AM

Rest In Peace Evan

I will always remember all of the great conversations that we had and all of the stories you told me. You had a passion for life that was bold and inspiring. Your life inspired others to live their lives to the fullest and never take anything for granted. I will remember everything we talked about and every laugh we shared. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for me and for being part of my life. I will miss you deeply but you will live on in my heart. May you Rest in Peace Evan.


Joel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:16 AM

Rest in Peace

May g-d rest evan's soul in heaven. A true free spirit. Taken too soon.


Kelly Adkins said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:16 AM

Say it ant soooooo

Evan Tanner out of the octagon into Heaven. forever in our hearts. we miss you already....


Julien B said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:17 AM

RIP

Goodbye Man.
I Respect you.

Rest in peace !


Damien said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:18 AM

Thankyou

a true legend and total inspiration you will be sadly missed. rest in peace champ


brandon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:18 AM

What a tragic loss

Evan Tanner has been an inspiration to many people. MMA has truly lost a warrior, and the world has lost a good man. He will be sorely missed.


Seth Schugars said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:19 AM

To the man that never considered himself a fighter.

You were more then just a great fighter. A great person and a great inspiration. Good luck in your further journey's Evan.


Josh said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:19 AM

A true individual

Evan was an individual in the truest meaning of the word. I never emt Evan personally but corresponded a bit online. He was an inspiration out of the ring and a warrior in the ring. It's not Evan's in ring victories that inspire me but how he lived out of the ring. Much respect to a true individual.


don hilderbran said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:21 AM

A True Warrior

I knew from the first fight I seen Evan in he was a true warrior. He came to the Octagon sporting a Top Knot. I could see in his face a passion unlike I had ever seen before. My buddy Lil Chuck said that guy is going to lose, i told Lil Chuck, no amigo that man is in the Zone. And Evan was that night. I forget who Evan fought that night, he won and I was a Tanner fan from then on. I never knew Evan but I feel like I did know him. Im finding out we have alot of the same traits. I'm a drifter by nature and a loner by choice. RIP CHAMP


Paola said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:22 AM

RIP

Rest in peace champion...because that what u will always be...a champion!!!
We will miss u!


Eric Munley said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:22 AM

R.I.P

Evan Tanner was my favorite mixed martial artist and a constant source of inspiration. Reading about the trials and tribulations of his life taught me many life lessons as well. The MMA world as well as our entire society will truly miss a man who marched to the beat of his own drum. R.I.P champ.


Alexander Jerome said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:22 AM

Thank You

Thank you Evan for inspiring so many of us not only to work hard in the gym, but also to aspire to greatness in every endeavor. RIP


Fred said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:23 AM

RIP Tanner

I watched Tanner fought a lot in the Octagon but what stands out from him for me is one of his previous blog which is very inspirational to everyone going through a very bad day in their life...Unfortunately I can't find the link anymore in this site neither in the Spike.com site... Instead I used the one cache in google.. "http://209.85.175.104/search?q=cache:jFnUVQ-GC7kJ:www.evantanner.net/journal%3Fnews_id%3D54%26uniqid%3D1030+Defining+Thoughts+Evan+Tanner+Blog&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1" see the link... It is a very good read.. RIP tanner...


The Lone Wolf said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:25 AM

Loss of a Legend

The world has lost one of the finest gentlemen to have graced the Earth. R.I.P. Evan


T. Hilbers said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:26 AM

RIP

Was shocked when I heard the news.

Evan, RIP.


Brandon Wise said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:26 AM

RIP Evan , Time For Life's Greatest Adventure

Sad to see you go this way,but hell,it beats cancer...What a abrupt disruption to a lone warriors journey...Hope all is well on the other side...


James Musselman said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:27 AM

God Bless

God Bless you Evan and may your endless search for the unknowns continue wherever you may be.. Much Love... R.I.P. Brother..


Pete said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:29 AM

Evan.....

Evan Tanner was a mans man!!!!! Enough said!!!!!


Drew said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:30 AM

Lone Wolf leave's...

You showed a warriors spirit & a poets heart. Your adventures always have & always will, serve as a legacy more than any memorial to you that we can put up.

Hope your @ peace now...


SGT_Clintok said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:31 AM

Rest in peace Evan

The first time I watched him fight was when he took on Dave Terrell who was no slouch. Evan beat him and beat him and beat him. To the point that we all were saying enough already, end the fight.

Also, who can forget the epic match when Evan fought Dave Louaso (sp?). That was the last time I saw Louaso fight, and I dont believe that Louaso has fought since. That forehead reminded me of the shelves I had to hang in my shop for my tools.

I liked Evan a lot. I was always rooting for him. I can only pay homage by mentioning his name and recalling what it was that made me a fan of his.

You will be missed,
SGT_Clintok


Glenn said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:31 AM

RIP Champ!

I had our picture as wallpaper on my computer. Read thru all your blogs last night...you were a champion in the Octagon but a better one in LIFE. Thank you for your existence and inspiration.


Barry Edleman said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:32 AM

You will be missed

It saddens me to hear of Evan's death. I was a big fan of his and always enjoyed watching his fights. This man was a WARRIOR.

May God grant peace to those left behind.


Rick Castillo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:32 AM

Great First Impression

I had met Evan only once. It was in Rob Handley's Training facility in Utah. He was helping Josh Burkman get ready for his fight with Mike Swick. I spoke with him for only a few minutes after the session. He left a very unique impression upon me. I felt as if we had been friends for a long time. I have only met a couple of people that have left me with this impression. I'm sure he will be missed by all those who truly knew him. His family and friends will be in my prayers.


Zac Fox said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:32 AM

Thank you

Evan was a great fighter and an equally great person. I learned a lot from him. I hope he got a warrior's welcome.


Gokhan & Assim said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:34 AM

Big respect...

Rest in Peace!!!!
God bless Champion...


Jon Derbyshire said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:34 AM

RIP Evan

Truly someone who could be looked up to and respected.


Mark C. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:35 AM

Thanks

Showed others there was still room in this world to be yourself.

RIP


Jerry said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:35 AM

" 'Treasure' doesn't necessarily refer to something material."-Evan's blog

Had the pleasure of watching you perform at UFC 53 in person. Always classy in victory or defeat and always left it all in the cage; the perfect example of how an athlete should be. Rest in peace.


Vortex said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:37 AM

Evan you'll be missed by me and the Rest of the MMA

Evan R.I.P.
It sadden me greatly to here of the loss of Evan.

You will be missed! But never forgotten!


PaulP said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:37 AM

Repose en Paix Evan

Thanks for the great quality of your fights
Thanks for showing us what the fighting spirit is

PaulP from France



E_d said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:38 AM

Rest in Peace Champ

We will miss you greatly Champ. You are now in a better place. Thank you for all the memories...God Bless


John Craig said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:38 AM

A fan of a Legend

Evan was one of the faces that introduced me to MMA. He was an amazing fighter, and a trully remarkeable person. He faced the top guys and wrestled with the fiercest demons. He will be missed.


We'll miss the champ said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:39 AM

We'll miss the champ!

Evan is the one who inspired me to start training. He will certainly be missed!


Carey Fusco said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:40 AM

Thank You

My boyfriend had the honor of training with you for a few months. Those months were everything to him. You inspired him and pushed him in the most positive ways, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge and for being so kind. The little time he got to spend with you in the gym has had the most amazing effect on his entire life. You are missed and loved and will live in our hearts forever.


Ashley Seidell said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:40 AM

RIP Evan!

I live in Amarillo and have been a big fan of Evans for some time now. I was shocked to hear the news this morning. I still can't believe he is gone. RIP EVAN!! You will be missed and remembered!!


Ruben Alvarado [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:40 AM

"Guard well the Octogon you now call Heaven, for a good job you shall do"

"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come." William Shakespeare, "Julius Caeser"


Mike Schmick said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:41 AM

thanks

Thanks Evan.


n47hellboy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:43 AM

RIP m8

May u find peace where ever u r going m8.


Bart ODell [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:44 AM

Fighter, Friend, Inspiration... Believe.

I remember taking my first design job in 1995 and walking through the doors of the USWF T-Shirt company here in Amarillo, Texas. Evan introduced himself that day and from there on in he is and still will be the greatest fighter to me.

To those that knew you the most, to those that follow your career, to those that doubted your strength. You are an inspiration. From your struggles to your triumphs, you carried your heart on your shoulder for us all to see. The greatest honor from us to you, is that we all still BELIEVE.

RIP Caprock Brother, Cant Stop the Rock.


Jason Chunn said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:44 AM

Thanks Alot

I know that your inspiration will live forever
R.I.P EV


joshua arnold said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:44 AM

you will be misses

you will be misses i really appreciate your great excited fights and you were a great person evan you were like most fighter in the sence you didnt get caught up i hope gods hands are open for this great man in evan tanner


Roland Ginnis said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:45 AM

Many Blessings My Friend....

Evan:

You lived free and with great kharmic principles.
You were a good being to the deep fiber of your soul and realized there is so much more in life than the superficial and what is on the surface; You explored the esoteric and transcendental in life much like myself.
You found your soul and queried its existence. At the same time you made your dent in MMA and trained yourself into a champion! God decided to take you early; He often takes the good ones early :-(
God Bless Your Soul For Eternity!
I'll see you in the future my friend.

Roland


CONNIE HUNT said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:47 AM

BE AT PEACE

I HAVE RESPECTED EVAN TANNER SINCE THE FIRST TIME I WATCHED HIM IN THE RING. I HAD NEVER SEEN A FIGHTER WITH SO MUCH HEART. HE WAS A GREAT FIGHTER AND A TRULY AWESOME INSPIRATION TO ALL WHO WATCHED HIM. I CANNOT BELIEVE HE IS GONE. I BELIEVE HIS LEGEND WILL GO ON THROUGH ALL THE FANS WHO HAVE WATCHED HIS HUMBLE ATTITUDE AND THE LOVE HE HAS SHOWN FOR MMA. I ALWAYS WANTED TO MEET EVAN AND THANK HIM FOR HIS SPIRIT AND HIS DEDICATION THAT HAVE INSPIRED SO MANY. I FEEL SUCH A LOSS AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HIM. MY SINCEREST CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO MUST FEEL THE LOSS SO MUCH GREATER THAN I.


Anthony said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:48 AM

Tanner

Rest In Peace


J W said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:50 AM

one of a kind

hope the family is ok and every one gets through, the hard times. Going to miss you.


joshua arnold [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:50 AM

you are still a warrior

and you will be missed by many and will never be forgoten and ill pray gods hand are open for this great man in even tanner


PeeJay said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:50 AM

RIP, We'll miss you Evan!

It's strange to be so devestated by the loss of a guy I don't personally know and yet through blogs and myspace I feel like I did know him. Evan was always one of my favorites. I'm praying for Evan's family and friends and the entire MMA community because this is a tough, tough loss for us all.


JM Rodriguez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:50 AM

Mis respetos

No conocí a Evan, pero debo expresar mi más profundo respeto a un hombre que enfrentó la vida y buscó de la naturaleza como él lo hizo... todo un aventurero y amante de la vida al aire libre.

Mis sinceros respetos hacia él y profundo pesar a sus familiares y amigos por su partida... Se que su alma está en los lugares que deseaba estar.

JMR


Mindy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:51 AM

You're an Icon

Evan and I graduated from the same high school in Amarillo, TX. I didn't know him personally because he graduated about 5 years before I did. But, his championship banners still hang in the gymnasium at CHS. I enjoyed watching Evan fight and compete. I truly thank him for being such a positive icon in our community and for our former high school. God bless you.


jeremy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:52 AM

Goodbye

Thanking you for all the great fights.We will always have the memories.Peace be with your family and friends.


paulie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:55 AM

last desert sunset

now you've seen your last desert sunset may beauty like yours come again one day ..... Wander on evan wander on


C Lennon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:56 AM

Inspiratin

Good-By Evan, you are an inspiration and you will be missed.


Andrew N. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:56 AM

What a man leaves behind

Evan, seeing as how you were never one for material things, I am hoping (for my own sake) that you are judged by what you left behind, thousands of friends. I am writing this with tears in my eyes, as are thousands of your fans/friends. You always inspired me.


Butch said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:57 AM

You Will Be Missed

Been a fan of Evans for a while, when he decided to come back and formed Team Tanner, I jumped at the chance to be apart of it. Such a huge loss to MMA and to anyone who knew him, or could have known him in the future. Rest In Peace Evan.... you were truly a great man.


Richard said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:57 AM

RIP Evan

You will always be remembered as one of the greatest fighters.
RIP.


Nick said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:58 AM

Your spirit lives on...

Through the words and actions you left in this world you will be missed. May you be graced with blessings untold. Love Respect and Patience

Rest in Peace


Virginia said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:59 AM

TEAM TANNER

I just want to write that evan will be missed by many. He was a great insiration to many. I BELIEVE he should be remembered by the great thing he done, the fights, the places he traveled, the charities he was a part of. He was a great man and now he can chat it up with GOD. REST IN PEACE EVAN TANNER.


Shaun said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Goodbye free spirit

RIP Evan, the world has lost one of the true originals


DanaThomas said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:00 AM

We Will All Miss You Evan

R.I.P Evan, you were always a pleasure to watch fight, made every fight interesting.


DanaThomas said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:00 AM

We Will All Miss You Evan

R.I.P Evan, you were always a pleasure to watch fight, made every fight interesting.


FJ said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:01 AM

What a shock

I can't believe it. Me and one of my co-workers was just talking about him yesterday morning about when we would see him in the octagon again. He was a great man and inspiration for all.


Charles said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:02 AM

You are awesome

He was one of my favorite fighters, he will be missed.


NU said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:02 AM

RIP

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Perry Surmaceviz said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Rest in Peace Evan Tanner

You will surely will be missed in all aspects of life. I will never forget your fight with Heath Herring. You are and will always be the power of one in my life.


Rolando said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:04 AM

R.I.P.

Awesome Fighter! Great guy! Tough man! You will be missed bro!!!


David said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Gone But Not Forgotten

You are an icon for the sport and will live in our hearts forever as a legend. Gone from this world too quickly, you leave many a sad fan and loved one behind. We will take solace in the fact that you brought honor, intelligence and passion to the game, and you did so on your terms. You will be missed.


matt said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Great Man Will Be Dearly Missed

You will forever be missed and respected.
You have touced and inspired many and you will never be forgotten.


Matthew said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Unbelieveable

I got home this morning and read that he had passed, I almost broke down into tears. He was one of my favorites of all-time. I hate this happened to him for his friends and family.

I will always remember that he was the guy that wasnt afraid of anything or anybody.

RIP Evan


Wiggy [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Why I'll Miss Evan

I just posted this on the Underground Forum:

I didn't know Evan. I never corresponded with him via myspace, email, or the like. I never got to meet him. Hell, I never even got to see him fight live.

Yet, his death is really hitting me hard.

Somebody else said it might be somewhat strange to feel this way about somebody that you've never met. I agree, b/c I feel the same way.

One of the things that originally drew me to MMA (originally via the UFC) was that it wasn't glitz. It wasn't glamor. It wasn't about pretty boys or prima-donnas.

MMA was about regular guys, who had worked their asses off, wanting to test themselves. At the time, there was no (at least very little) money in the sport. Fighters had to still work full-time jobs, and many times put their fighting careers on hold just to support their family.

It wasn't about riches, or fame, or fighting in front of crowds, or getting your face on a reality TV show. It was about being a warrior, and testing yourself as one.

This is what Evan Tanner was - a warrior for the sake of being a warrior.

Most people in the limelight have issues - as do most folks. But issues generally aren't allowed in the limelight. Unless it's for deliberate attention, or a matter of public record, these issues are buried - buried deep down so that others may not see that the image of our favorite personality just *might not* be what everybody thinks it is.

Not Evan.

As was said, he wore his heart on his sleeve. He fully embraced something I try to do, and that's to fulfill the old computer term - WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get.

No facades, no acts, no gimmicks, no lies from Evan - just the genuine article.

And in this fast-growing, seemingly almost over-popular sport we call MMA, that is what I'll miss most.

RIP Evan - you will be missed.


Steve said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:08 AM

RIP.

To me, he will always be one of the most inspirational people ever. Someone who wanted to experience everything he possibly could in life and realized how short it can be. No matter what you have to say about him, one things for certain is that there has never been a person quite like him, and likely never will be again.

He will be missed. The world needs less drones and more Evan Tanners.


Val said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:10 AM

RIP Evan

Your intensity and warrior spirit in the cage will be missed….


RobW said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Farewell

Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us Evan.

I never knew you but I know I'll miss you.

Farewell Brother.


Notes Edwards said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:12 AM

a sad day

This was not the kinda news I wanted to see on my birthday today. I met Evan Tanner when he first won his title belt. He was such a classy, down to earth guy. One of my favorite MMA fighters ever to grace the MMA world. He will be missed very much.


Bill W said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:14 AM

I Believe

I believe your spirit will run free even in the life that awaits you. You will be truly missed my friend. RIP


david ogston said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:14 AM

RIP

joe rogan was quoted as saying in one of evan tanners fights "evan tanner is a warrior" and i feel that is why so many people loved to watch him compete.

a simple man who never forgot where he came from and will be sorely missed by thousands of people.

RIP


Brady said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Warrior

Evan you will be greatly missed, you were a warrior in and out of the cage, you conquered things that most people wouldnt be able to overcome, and you have touched many people. Rest In Peace Brother


James said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Rip

RIP tanner, a true warrior


mario urista said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:17 AM

you will be missed

Evans passing has is sad because he was so young, but for what I have learned about the man he lived life the way he wanted to..he is on a greater journey now, God Bless


Ronee said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:17 AM

You will be missed!

He was the frist fighter that I saw and he is the way I love MMA. My hubby Chris and I have a son who will be 4 years old on the 13 on this month and his name is Evan Tanner Appleby! You will be missed and loved!


NORGE A said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:18 AM

A TRUE CHAMPION!

I AM HURT THAT EVAN IS NO LONGER WITH US.THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES,YOU ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST TO STEP IN THE CAGE.WE WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.WE WILL DEEPLY MISS YOU.


Brontis Shane Orengo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Unfinished Letter

I had been writing Evan a letter for a while. I never finished it. We’ve exchanged a couple of brief emails here and there. He was always happy to reply and show that he appreciated what I had to say. I wished I could have gotten to know him. Really know him. But the funny thing is that Evan kept himself open and honest. He showed us all who he was. Sure the pieces of him that needed to stay private stayed that way, but he gave us all a clear view of the man he was.
He was a man that believed that a single person can change the course of history. Can add to it.
I was very skeptical about it. How can I change anything? How can I possibly add anything? Until very recently I started to understand. You don’t have to be locked in the history books to add change. You just have to add it. It’s not about waiting for the biggest moment. It’s not about waiting for a crowd. You move forward. You add your piece to history, whether it’s small or large, you Believe and you do it.
Evan once told me ‘Brontis, Believe. Get your blue belt.’ I’ve been slacking on this for so long.
Last week I had an adventure and I met some great people and I learned some new skills. I brought those skills home with me. I sat there and thought about where I am, where I had been. I sat there and started to feel sorry for myself for having wasted so much time. But then I thought about Evan’s words to me. ‘Get your blue belt.’ I had been making excuses. Saying my life was too crazy right now. Then I thought, my life will always be crazy. It’s not about waiting for the calm. It’s about doing what you can with what you have. I had made my choice and decided to rededicate myself. I’m already in the process of getting special training sessions set up so I can make up the time I’ve missed. I’m aware that it won’t be easy. I’m being realistic. But I’m going to try. If I fall flat, then I’ll get back up. That’s who Evan was. Someone that knew what it meant to get back up. Someone who tasted failure and thirsted to better himself. Someone who didn’t make excuses. I always felt bad for looking up to him. He would constantly say, “Be your own man. You don’t need someone else to lift you up to where THEY are. Lift yourself up to where YOU need to be.” I don’t feel bad for looking up to him anymore. Because now I know what it means to look over at him. He was a man. Like anyone else. He just Believed. In himself. In others. In the power of one. That’s who I’m working to be. That’s how he will be remembered.
I didn’t send the letter because I didn’t know how to end it. There honestly isn’t much I can say. So I’ll show it. My goals won’t stop. Evan, I’m getting my Blue belt, and then I’m getting my Purple belt, and my Brown and my Black. I’m not doing this because you’re gone. I’m doing it because I Believe. I finally Believe.


R.D.Garza said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Believe in the Power of One!

You will always be in the hearts of your fans in the MMA world but also in the hearts of the ones you touched everyday.

Your inspirational stories have changed many lives in and outside of the MMA world.

May you rest in peace now and continue your journey.

A warrior was only one of your many wonderful traits!

RIP EVAN! RIP!


FAN213 [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Warrior

Evan Tanner ........ True Warrior
R.I.P


Ali said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM

RIP brother !!!!!!!

Evan was one of the best fighters in the world,yet the best person among mma fighters! We love him,we respect him,we appreciate everything He's done!
We'll never forget the true warrior,who beat the hell out of many many famous fighters in the world !
Evan is the man,Evan is a legend !
May your place be Paradise ! Rest in Peace dear brother ! We'll never forget you !!!!!!!!!!
Huge Tanner fan from Tajikistan.


Matt C said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:22 AM

"The song is ended, but the melody lingers on..."

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

RIP Evan... You were a role model and an inspiration to many...


David G said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:22 AM

I miss you buddy!

This is one of the toughest and saddest days I've had in a long time. Evan was a warrior in every aspect of his life. I also consider him a modern day philosopher with many great quotes from his blogs that always make me think. I'll miss you so much Evan. Even ot knowing him personally, I feel like part of my family is missing now. RIP Evan


Tom Meek said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Shocked

The only words that are in my head at the moment are "oh my god".I live in Bristol in the UK and I just couldnt believe it when said what he had heard on the radio.I was hoping it wouldnt be true...my heart sank deeper than ever when I saw the headline on the mma sites.

Evan was a true legend and he marched to the beat of his own drum...one of the world's and MMA's greatest.


RIP Evan.


Ravager said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:23 AM

An Inspiration To The End

The greatest journey is often inwards. We pray Evan found the inner peace and harmony his soul hungered for. He truly lived the way of the warrior.

"What we do in life, echoes in eternity".


Brandon Nohe said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Only gone in physical presence

Evan was a tremendous fighter, there is no question. But he seemed to be an even better person away from the octagon. He put his heart and soul into everything he did, and though he is gone from us now, he will continue to do those same things from wherever he is. To those who knew Evan, my thoughts and prayers are with you. To Evan, I say, keep fighting. You were great here, I guess someone needed you to corner them somewhere else. RIP. The UFC will not be the same without you...


Christian said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Why???

Evan was Inspiration personified, he was a wild man. I didn'nt know him personally, but was touched by his honesty through his writting. I still remember when he fought for the title and came to the fight with cornrows--that was great.... Why did this have to happen to such a young warrior...

RIP--Evan you are the man, we will miss you...


CG said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Bridge Builder for MMA

You have carved a path, and built a bridge for the future.
What a great man.
The world is less without you; yet you will live on!
RIP Evan Tanner

C


BOBBY BYTHEWAY said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:24 AM

The young Evan

I met Evan when we were in 7th grade. He was on a little BMX bike and he was about about half the size of me. Once we got to high school me and a friend of mine used to go to his house and hang with him and his brother. That is when Evan started getting big and became such an outstanding wrestler. He would run to school every morning with a back pack on just to train some more. He intoduced me to Mettalica. At the lake he would jump off of these crazy high cliffs and swim alot further than most reasonable humans would. He swam to an island in the middle of the lake. Why? Because it was there! That was Evan.
He fit more into life in 37 years than we will in 80.



Mark Landgren said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:26 AM

All Around Fighter

Evan let you into his world, to let you know that anything is possible in life. To never give up. Keep on fighting. You just have to believe. Thank you. RIP


Mark Landgren said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:26 AM

All Around Fighter

Evan let you into his world, to let you know that anything is possible in life. To never give up. Keep on fighting. You just have to believe. Thank you. RIP


Mark Landgren said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:27 AM

All Around Fighter

Evan let you into his world, to let you know that anything is possible in life. To never give up. Keep on fighting. You just have to believe. Thank you. RIP


dan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:27 AM

RIP

While we are all alive, some people "live"...Evan definitely "lived"...and I would venture to say he'll live on for a long, long time. Enjoy the journey. I plan on doing more "living" from now on. Thanks Evan!


Jason said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Fallen Hero

Evan, you are and will always be a true inspiration to me and many others. You are a warrior and your spirit lives on. RIP brother.


Phillip Pope said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Life

We are not put on this earth to see through one another, but we're to see one another through. Evan was one of my favorite fighters. I always kept up with his blogs to see what he was up to. His was a mans man and he saw alot of people through their tough times. RIP Evan!


Jeremy Litka said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:32 AM

RIP

Never met the man but wish I had, seemed to me he had a knodge of live and his surroundings that most of us will nver see or try to grasp. The worl has lost a great fight, a great freind and a great man.


Brent said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Missing a piece of the MMA family

There wasn't a nicer guy in all of MMA. Travel the heavens and rest in peace brother.


Chris Jones said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:33 AM

He did it his way

Such a loss. You'll be missed.


D said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Always a Winner

He was a great warrior who never gave up.


Trent Thorne said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Died the way you lived!

Dude you will be missed. I was an avid reader of your blogs and i am going to miss reading about your adventures. Peace bro see you on the other side someday.


Spunky [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:35 AM

I admired your strenghten

25 years of being a pro wrestling fan and getting to know some of the guys, I came to become a UFC fanatic about 3 years ago. Being a female, it was strange because it isn't ladylike but I am passionate abut the UFC. Evan fought a wonderful fight against Kendall Grove and I wanted Evan to win. He had a great warrior spirit about him. I am glad I got the chance to see him in action. My heart goes out to everyone who knew him. GOD BLESS YOU EVAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lauren Barker said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:35 AM

R.I.P.

Gone but NEVER forgotten.

You will be missed.


Zane Cox said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Zane Cox

RIP Evan Arizona fight fans have enjoyed what you brought to the sport and will miss you in person. Your legacy will live forever.


Robert [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Evan..

I remember the first time I saw you fight, I was instantly a fan...and throughout the years, I thoroughly enjoyed watching you GnP/Elbow/and submit the best fighters in the world. Evan, I hope you know that your nothing but 100% inspiration to everyone who has ever seen you fight or visited your website and read your blogs. You will forever be a hero in my eyes and the world's a little less great now that you're gone....you will be missed, R.I.P....

Robert


Peter said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Speechless

Simply Speechless

I am so deeply saddened of the news about a man who inspired me from day 1

Words cant explain my feelings at this time


Brandon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM

What an honor

Evan, it was an honor to watch you overcome addiction and return to the life you were looking for. I admire your drive and will always remember what you stood for. RIP buddy.


stevem said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Very Sad

Such sad news. I liked Evan as a fighter but i became a real fan after reading his blog and admiring that mega beard of his. Such an inspirational man who showed me that being in your 30s doesnt mean you're washed up. Thanks Evan.


Ryan DJ RC Casey [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:40 AM

RIP EVAN TANNER: ONE LOVE

This is a sad day for all friends and family of Evan. My condolences goes out to the family of Evan and his close friends.


Joshua said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:42 AM

My condolences

I never had the pleasure of meeting Evan in person. But i was a fan. I followed his chronicles inside and outside the cage. My deepest condolences to those honored enough to have known him personally. I cant help but feel like we were robbed. I feel like he wasnt done yet. He was figuring things out, and im sorry but i dont think he was done and its not fair. May he find peace now on the otherside. This is the first time i have ever shed tears for someone i never met.


Joshua said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:42 AM

My condolences

I never had the pleasure of meeting Evan in person. But i was a fan. I followed his chronicles inside and outside the cage. My deepest condolences to those honored enough to have known him personally. I cant help but feel like we were robbed. I feel like he wasnt done yet. He was figuring things out, and im sorry but i dont think he was done and its not fair. May he find peace now on the otherside. This is the first time i have ever shed tears for someone i never met.


donald said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:42 AM

man

just sad is all i can say hope youve found peace evan


Dana Marie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Evan where have you gone?

Evan, I would be lying if I said my heart didn't break when I heard the news. You were a unique, honest, adventurous spirit. A inspiration really to you fans and friends. You will be greatly missed, in fact I truly I miss you already. You will always be in my heart as I am sure you will many others. You branded a permenant spot in many hearts. xoxoxo


Eric said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:44 AM

A True Warrior

I'm really shocked and saddened to hear about this great loss. I always appreciated Evan's character in and out of the cage. He seemed like a hard worker and a humble man. I always rooted for him during his fights.

My deepest condolances go out to his family and friends.

RIP Evan Tanner.


MAMA WOOD said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:45 AM

A TRUE WARRIOR.

You will live on in my heart and in my mind and it is my desire to keep your message alive.

On June 19, 2008, you wrote "Belief in the Power of One" is not about me, but it is. It's not an ego thing, it's not a look at me, worship me thing. It has nothing to do with that. It's a statement to all of belief, the belief that each of us, each man, each woman, each individual, has the power to change the world, and it is a reminder to take responsibility for that power, and to make use of it. How will you choose to use your power? How will you choose to change the world?"

We will see you on the "OTHER SIDE".


Emil Karim said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Rest in peace

Such a sad occurrence. I still can't believe I will never again have the pleasure of seeing him in combat. He was a great fighter and an even greater person. To Evan, you will be missed, but your life will be celebrated, for the ideals you stood for and lived by.
Thanks for all the memories. Rest in peace.
-Emil K.


Tomi said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:45 AM

RIP

Goodbye Evan, you will be missed.


Frank L said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:46 AM

R.I.P.

I don't really know what to say.
The guy inspired so many people.

Rest in peace. May your spirit (that deep, burning, passionate will inside of you) live on forever.


Daniel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:47 AM

True warriors never die

MMA lost a great athlete
The world lost a great character.

Rest in Peace.


EDWARD DIAZ said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:47 AM

INSPIRATION

EVAN.....I WILL TRULY MISS THE PERSON WHO INSPIRED ME TO STRIVE HARD AND NO MATTER WHAT THE STRUGGLE YOU TOUGHT ME TO BE TOUGH AND REACH FOR WHAT WAS MINE. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE SO. I KNOW YOU WILL MAKE THOSE AROUND YOU UP IN THE HEAVENS HAPPY WITH YOUR FREE SPIRIT. MAY GOD TAKE CARE OF YOU AND THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT FIGHTS AND MEMORIES. YOU WILL BE MISSED R.I.P.


barack obama said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:48 AM

President Obama

For someone who was a so called organized and meticulous person, how do run out of gas in the middle of the desert? Prepared? Are you kidding me?


Sebastian said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:49 AM

RIP Evan

You were and are an inspiration to me!

RIP


Terry said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:50 AM

You will be missed

In the world of MMA, at the end of the day we are all family and today we lost a family member. A true warrior that did his way. Evan Tanner you filled are hearts of memories of what a true champion is and I thank you for your inspiration. A pray that the good lord welcomes you with open arms.

You are in a better place than all of us.


Jamie Dunne said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM

R.I.P. To The Greatest Warrior "EVAN TANNER"

First and foremost I would like to extend my condolences to Evan's family and friends and may God take Evan down the path of Eternal Life. Evan will be missed greatly throughout the world and the UFC. Evan's fights were always very exciting to watch. Thank you for all the great memories you left behind. Let us not look at this as a life lost, but a celebration of life and all the great acomplishments Evan has achieved. Evan Tanner will never be forgotten, but always remembered as the greatest warrior in the UFC. He had tremendous heart and passion for fighting and he is an inspiration to all. Rest In Peace Evan...


Jamie D. (From Wisconsin)


Jonathan Kennedy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM

RIP

I'll add my voice to the crowd of people that met and learned from Evan. I've always been glad that I decided to get on the mat the day he was at Quest and had an opportunity to roll with him. He was a true gentleman and we are all poorer for his passing.

Thanks for taking the time Evan.


Jay said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Jay

Evan, thanks for the great memories inside the octagon and for your part in helping mma become the fastest growing sport. We fans love our sport and even more we love our fighters that give everything for the sport and fans. You did just that and words do not express how your fans will miss you. You were definitely one of the positive role models that the youth of today need. Thanks for being part of our sport and our lives.


Dylan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Evan

Evan was more then just some fighter. We all felt like we knew Evan on a personal level, that he was one of us that just happened to fight. We all felt if he had a choice to hang out with the fighters or the regular guys, he would choose the regular guys. He will be missed.

The good die young...


Jimmy C said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:52 AM

A tragic loss to MMA and mankind.

I am in shock. I was just surfing the net looking at the UFC site and i saw the news.

I have never met Evan. I live in the UK and i saw him fight in London at the frist MMA event i attended back in 2002. I was in instant fan.

I have been following Evan's blog for some time. A couple of months ago month i e-mailed Evan about joining his club and getting a shirt. We traded a couple of e-mails. Last Month a package arrived, it contained a shirt and a signed photo. Evan had taken the time to write a note, to thank me for his support and he was sorry it took so long to get the shirt to me. This just illustrated what a great guy he was. Going out of his way to be a nice guy.

I can't begin to imagine the sense of loss his close friends and family are feeling right now. My thoughts are with you all.

Only 37, it is such a tragic loss.

RIP Evan





BJ said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:52 AM

God Bless

God bless, and may you find what you are looking for on the next step of your journey.

My thoughts are with his family and friends

RIP x


Brian Melville said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:53 AM

The truest of true

Evan,
Your candor and spirit were both things that really appealed to me. I often dreamt that I could take off on a long motorcycle journey or something just to be free. I respected your individualism and respected your courage and strenth. You are a true champion for so many reasons, but you are the peoples champion that's for sure. Godspeed my friend. See you in heaven!


Willis said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Warrior Spirit Lives on forever RIP Evan

I never got a chance to meet you, but I have to say your were an ispiration to many. People say you were a drifter, but I say you were a man on a mission to find that inner peace. Ive read some amazing stories about you and always thought of myself the same way. Just a guy trying to find what works for him experiencing new things and living life. You truly were a great Champion and always will be remembered as a great Champion. Great heroes come and go but your memory will live on. You will be missed Evan Tanner. Godspeed brother.


Memphis4 said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:55 AM

You will be missed...

For every average talent, out of shape white guy out there. You were what we dream of being while we sit behind a desk or turning a wrench. We will miss our hero greatly.


E said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:55 AM

E

I shed tears for a man I have never met.


Chris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:56 AM

You will be missed!

I met Evan Tanner at UFC 71 in Las Vegas.

It's funny because we had been running into some really big name guys all day long and yet I was most excited about meeting Evan and getting a picture with him. My wife didn't really understand because being a very casual fan of the sport at best, she had no idea who he was. I spent the next 20 minutes or so elaborating on all the reasons I loved Evan Tanner and why he was one of my favorite people, let alone fighters.

I read his blog frequently. I remember being thrilled to hear that he was finally trying to kick his demons and then terrified that he might relapse after his fight with Okami only to read his very reassuring and inspiring blog post a few days later.

I think that's what made Evan Tanner so special to me. I was rooting for him not only inside the Octagon but outside as well because he was just a regular dude, like all of us. He had regular problems like all of us. He wasn't the biggest, fastest or strongest guy out there but win or lose, you knew Evan was gonna give it everything he had and that was always enough for me.

MMA needs more Evan Tanner's.

We'll miss you Evan.

RIP
You have ignored this user.


Tyler said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Thanks for the memorys

Even though I wasnt big into the sport when you we're in your prime I loved watching your old fights and reading your blog following you on your adventures I truely felt like I knew you, Its a sad day in mma and the world RIP Evan, An adventurer warrior mans man philosopher hopefully some day when I pass il get to meet you


Corey Hatton said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:57 AM

RIP Evan

Because we do not know when we will die, we begin to think of life as an inexhaustible well and yet everything happens only a certain number of times and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps 4 or 5 times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps 20....and yet it all seems limitless.


R.I.P. Evan


niko [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Godspeed

rip evan. i will remember you as a warrior and a man you had a lot of demons to face, and i am proud that you were able to face them head on and turn your life around. truly an inspiration, to go from "sweeping the desk clear of empty beer cans to find a half empty bottle of whiskey" to training inspiring other with your actions and especially your words. i hope that you now that the peace that eluded you for so long.


Bjorn said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:57 AM

You'll be missed !

RIP EVAN

Thanks for all your memorable fights, you gave us.

Your appearance in MMA world will be missed greatly, I hope you know on a better place.



wafb said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:58 AM

My condolences

You were a warrior at heart and a great human being.


rosstafari said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:58 AM

A Life Ended much too soon...

I did not personally know Evan, but found true inspiration from his insights and outlook on life. The world as a whole will be a lesser place. It is truly sad, but I know his ideas and spirit will live on in many hearts and minds.


Viking said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:58 AM

RIP

You was one of the big reasons why i started watch MMA big loss for all fans, friends and family


ToeZup.com [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Rest in Peace

Rest in peace Evan Tanner. You will be missed by all. You did things the way you wanted to, I admire you for that. My prayers are with you, your family and your friends.


Stac said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Truth_Respect_Honor_Dedication

I truly belive that when God needs his greatest soldiers he calls them home... R.I.P Evan now you can watch over all of us (THANK YOU)ps.much love to the family


op said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:59 AM

EVAN HAS LEFT THE BUILIDING! RIP

The grown as man is no longer with us.


Chad said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

God Bless

Though I did not know you personally, you inspired me and others. From shunning corporate sponsorships and developing "Team Tanner", to living the life you did. God Bless,


A. Dustin said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS

Evan - You were the one we always looked forward to hearing about - watching and listening to -
always offering inspiration along the way.
You always saw the world with such a broad scope.
A true champion in many aspects and still are.
May God watch over you in all of your adventures wherever you are now. Travel freely our friend - the roads are ENDLESS now.
Bless you, your family and friends.
The Dustin's


Colbie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

RIP

Rest in peace my dear friend! I was there to see you through the first shootfights and first UFC fight. You were an incredible inspiration to all of those around you. You were always searching and i hope that you have found an unbelievable resting place! Love to you and your family!


Jeremiah Velasquez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Thanks

Thanks for all the fights. I remember when i saw my first MMA fight and it was you against Paul Buentello in Amarillo. Thanks for the memories. You are a true warrior. RIP


John said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:01 AM

A rare man....

Its rare to find a man who not only puts himself on the edge of death to seek knowledge and personal growth, but is willing to share it with others as he always has. RIP Evan....


Dale Nesbitt said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:02 AM

One of the best

Cant believe you are gone, will be greatly missed.


Anthony C. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:02 AM

A major loss for us. But a major gain in heaven.

For all those who knew Evan Tanner, I am very sorry for your loss. I didn't really get into the MMA world or watch it frequently like most of you, and I didn't know who Evan Tanner was until I saw him fight about a year or two ago. I liked him because he was a very humble, straight-forward, and focused fighter. However, I am quite sure he was also the same outside the octagon. He is an true epitamy of what a martial artist should be. I can say R.I.P Evan, but I won't say that because as long as we keep mentioning and remembering who he was, he will live forever. I'll end my comment with this quote from a book called the Sheltering Sky:

"Because we do not know when we will die, we begin to look at life as an inexhaustable well. yet everything only happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply part of your being that you can not even conceive your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. How many times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty? And yet it all seems limitless."


Angel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Missing You

You were an inspiration to many people, both men and women. I hope you have finally found peace my friend.


Ronald said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:02 AM

A true Inspiration.......

I never knew who evan tanner was until my cousin spoke of him. My cousin has been a true fan of MMA and Evan. Tanner was my cousin's favorite fighter and a reason why he loves MMA. Soon after some much talk about evan tanner the champ, I too became interested in his legacy and the sport of MMA. Hearing my cousin talk about Evan brought me into the world of MMA, and for this reason I thank Evan for being an inspiration for all of us who love this sport, and inspiration to my cousin. You will be missed..............


Mag said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM

It's only the beginning.

Rip Evan, you are an inspiration to us all. Losing you is like losing family. I think everyone should strive to be a little more like you. God speed and God bless.


CHUTE BOXE USA said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM

GOD NEEDED A CHAMP...

WE LOVE YOU BROTHER AND ACCEPT THAT GOD HAS CALLED UPON YOU TO BE A WARRIOR IN HEAVEN. ENJOY YOUR NEW JOURNEY. WE WILL MISS YOU!


niko said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Godspeed

rip evan. i will remember you as a warrior and a man you had a lot of demons, and i am proud that you were able to face them head on and turn your life around. you were truly an inspiration, to go from "sweeping the desk clear of empty beer cans to find a half empty bottle of whiskey" to training and inspiring other with your actions and especially your words. i hope that you now have the peace that eluded you for so long.


jD said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Great Spirit

Evan, may your spirit journey inspire all those who hold your memory.


Psycholes said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Will be missed!

I read your blog about your personal battles. I shared my similar story with you. You were a great warrior! You will be missed. Rest in Peace Evan.


eric said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Take care buddy

Be blessed my friend. Just like so many others have said, you will be missed inside and outside the octagon.


Ryan Macedo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Ryan Macedo

I was side by side with Evan as he made his comeback in UFC 59 against Justin Levins. I witnessed him pull himself out of a very deep pit I di not think anyone could escape from. He mustered up the courage to sign another contract and he got right to work. I saw a complete human transformation and strength only a champion posseses. I was fortunate enough to see all sides of evan, there were many. Most of the fans know nothing of him. I knew him personally, and it was a great pleasure. Thank you Evan for everything. You will be truly missed. Ian what are the service plans. Please e-mail me at rmac5150@hotmail.com


Marc said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM

RIP EVAN

As the late great Bob Marley said "Live for yourself and you'll live in vain; Live for others and you'll live again." Although, I've never met Evan...I've come to admire the person he was. A person that sacrificed his image by facing possible embarrasment and writing about his personal demons to inspire and motivate others. Evan will and lives in everyone he's inspired.


James said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM

To walk in Evan Tanner's footsteps

So many of us lived vicariously through Evans blog and hundreds of photos. I often wondered what it would be like to just live, without all the daily stresses and anxiety...

I will always be a fan...R.I.P.
You will be missed


niko said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Godspeed

rip evan. i will remember you as a warrior and a man. you had a lot of demons, and i am proud that you were able to face them head on and turn your life around. you were truly an inspiration, to go from "sweeping the desk clear of empty beer cans to find a half empty bottle of whiskey" to training and inspiring other with your actions and especially your words. i hope that you now have the peace that eluded you for so long.


Cash Patton said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM

thanks...

you will be missed, but never forgotten. Thank you Evan you inspired me to believe in myself and opened my eyes to what life can be if you follow your heart.
"I will do nothing lightly. When I walk, I will walk heavily. When I fight, I will fight with conviction. When I speak, I will speak strongly. When I feel, I will feel everything. When I love, I will love with everything."

-Evan Tanner



sad day said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Please...

please delete that post above mine....

RIP Evan... u were a great inspiration, and you will be missed


James said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM

To walk in Evan Tanner's footsteps

So many of us lived vicariously through Evans blog and hundreds of photos. I often wondered what it would be like to just live, without all the daily stresses and anxiety...

I will always be a fan...R.I.P.
You will be missed


nvr said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM

RIP Evan

RIP Evan. You will be remembered as a true warrior and free spirit. I never got to meet you but enjoyed your blog and your fights in the UFC during the dark era.


Tim Sellmyer said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Believe in the Power of ONE

Evan you will be truly missed by both your fans and your friends. It was a true honor not to just see you wrestle at Caprock but also in the MMA. You were an inspiration to all. May you rest in peace and may your family find peace in this time of grief. Best wishes to both you and your family here in Amarillo.


Alex said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

A great loss to all that knoew him!!!

Evan and I were friends from the first day we worked together at a little slaughter house in Amarillo, thats the type of guy he was, a friend to all and kind spirit. Over the years he would call me from far off places and tell me of the adventures he was having. Often saying that I should join him. Kinda wish I had in some cases. I remember his first MMA match at the Amarillo civic center and knew then he would go far in the sport. Not only did he go far he did things that no american had done in the sport. To his brother and family I am truley sorry for your loss and may god help you through these tough times. I want everyone to smile and shed no tears for that is what Evan would have wanted. God bless you my friend and thank you for touching my life with your grace.


Alex said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

A great loss to all that knoew him!!!

Evan and I were friends from the first day we worked together at a little slaughter house in Amarillo, thats the type of guy he was, a friend to all and kind spirit. Over the years he would call me from far off places and tell me of the adventures he was having. Often saying that I should join him. Kinda wish I had in some cases. I remember his first MMA match at the Amarillo civic center and knew then he would go far in the sport. Not only did he go far he did things that no american had done in the sport. To his brother and family I am truley sorry for your loss and may god help you through these tough times. I want everyone to smile and shed no tears for that is what Evan would have wanted. God bless you my friend and thank you for touching my life with your grace.


Glenn Tipton said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:11 AM

A True Warrior

I thought Evan was a true warrior in and out of the cage.

He battled diversity on all levels and conquered his demons in his worst hour.

Thought he always came across as a great guy and was a brilliant role model for the sport

He was a inspiration to us all to look and the great things in life.



Aaron said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Evan Tanner..Nomadic Warrior

You are an inspiration....rest in peace..


Alex said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:11 AM

RIP Evan

you will be missed greatly.. RIP


Rob said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:11 AM

True Inspiration

It only took one fight for me to become a life long fan of Evan Tanner. Throughout the years, Tanner shocked us with his amazing octagon performances and provided us with deep insight on what it means to truly live. Evan Tanner was a true inspiration, and a legend of our time.My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. RIP Evan...


Kimo Kaleohano said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:11 AM

"The Power Of One" by example

Go with Akua my friend. May your soul be at peace as you begin your next journey. You will be missed, but your message will continue. The Power of One.
Aloha
Kimo


Chris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:11 AM

May God Bless The Family, Friends, and Peers Of Evan Tanner. My Continued Prayers Are Lifted Up To You All!

Phillipians 1:3,4


james marsh said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:12 AM

RIP Evan

RIP Evan, you inspired me in the ring and more so out of it. Your journey will continue, but you will be remembered and missed here.


JAMES said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:12 AM

YOU WILL BE MISSED.......

GOODBYE TO A TRUE WARRIOR,YOU WILL BE MISSED


Jason Taylor [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:12 AM

God Bless

Evan was an inspiration to a lot of people, including me. Being in the MMA news business, I can attest to the fact that Evan was the first true cult hero of MMA. The combination of his free spirit, friendly smile, and the fact that he wore his heart on his sleeve, made the fans simply love him. I had the privilege to correspond with Evan via email a few times, and I can say that the man was very humble, and true to his words. Evan Tanner, you will be missed.


Michael said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:13 AM

A True Hero

RIP Evan, you were truly one of the best!


rafael antunes pereira santos said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:13 AM

P4P!!!!!!!!!! Nº 01.

HE WAS THE ABSOLUTE P4P NUMBER ONE COOLEST FIGHTER IN THE MMA WORLD. THIS IS A MESSAGE SIGNED BY A BRAZILIAN FAN. THE FIGHT AGAINST PRHIL BARONI HE WAS GETIN A SERIOUS BEATING, AND THEM THE WARRIOR WIN THE FIGHT, I MAKE 743,63 U$, THEM HE DOMINATE DAVID TERREL, PEOLPE CALLED ME INSANE, I BET U$ 2.500 ON EVAN,MY WIFE MADE ME SLEEP IN A HOTEL FOR TWO WEEKS SHE WAS ASKING FOR THE DIVORCE!!!!! UNTIL.... .HE WAS MY IDOL AND HE HELPED ME ALOT TO GET OUT OF THE HOLE. HE GRANTED THE MILK OF MY CHILDREN AND HELPED ME PAY MY LAWER COURSE. THANKS DESCANSE EM PAZ CARA (REST IN PEACE MAN).


B.A said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Believe in the power of ONE

Thank you Evan for being an inspiration to us all. Regardless of belts and titles.... You are the One True Champion for all that you fought for both inside and outside the cage. Peace and blessings to you on your next journey into enlightenment with the powers that be.

you will be missed


Thai Fighter said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Never Forgotten

I had the great opportunity to meet Evan in Oceanside last summer. He was sitting at the bar alone when I had casually asked him to pass the salt. When he looked over at me my jaw dropped. I had to grab my brother who is also a die hard MMA fan and we just went nuts. Evan spent the rest of the evening just talking to us about training and his goals. He told us about the boat he was working on and how he was trying to kick the booze. He even tried to teach me how to 2-step. Evan you were an aweseome fighter and and even more awesome man. I am done right broken hearted to hear of your passing. I hope you are rolling in the heavens. RIP!!!


Jill said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:14 AM

RIP

I'm at a loss for words. All I can do is remember the days of hanging at your house, you making a great dinner for Dennis and I and showing off your motorcycle to us - it brings tears to my eyes. Please know you will be greatly missed.


Brian C. Aber [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Tanner

... journey well Evan ...


Patrick Nimmo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:14 AM

You Are Loved

Evan: I wrote to you during the recovery period of my ACL surgery because I was in need of encouragement. I wrote to you because I knew you were a fighter in the game of life. You took the time to respond and give me the encouragement I needed. I wish that I could have returned the favor. You have left this life with a memory of a man. A man who went his own way, but one who gave a part of his soul to many. I'll never forget you.


Ryan Ball [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Believe in the Power of ONE

You will truly be missed. You have no more daemons to conquer. Another journey for you awaits. I wish to know somebody only half as influential as you are.


Stacy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:15 AM

R.I.P Evan Tanner

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Evan Tanner. He was a great fighter and from what I hear, a great friend and person.
He will definitly be missed in the MMA world and in life in general. R.I.P Evan.


Sany Chavez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:16 AM

My hero

Evan will always be my hero. I cant even begin to tell everybody how much he helped me. I had to deal with the loss of my best friend and Evan gave me words of inspiration to help me get through it. I ran his Team Tanner page and had alot of fun doing it. I will miss him very much, and I will NEVER forget him. I love you Evan. I hope you found the peace you were looking for.


Larry said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:17 AM

See you on the other side, travel well :)

As long as I was old enough to watch MMA there was this long haired, raw talent maniac that you couldn't help but cheer for. I am nothing more than a fan but who wasn't. From his interviews and blogs you knew instantly that this was one of purest and kindest souls that God has ever put here. I know that he had fun when he was here and it was a pleasure watching him in the ring and through his growth as a person. May you rest in peace and accomplish all in Heaven that you didn't have time for down here brother.


amy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Thank you, Evan

Sometime ago, I wrote you, knowing you had beaten demons that were invading my life through someone I loved. I didn't expect you to respond, but you did, giving me the encouragement I needed to hang on, to offer my support, and to see him through his battle. Without you, your words, your kindness... I am truly sad. You were the definition of a man.


Ryan Taylor said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:18 AM

......

I was lucky enough to have Evan join me and my friends at ufc 64....he was just a blast to be around. I'm from his home town Amarillo, TX and had an extra ticket to teh fights, and got a wild hair and emailed Evan through myspace. He replied back and went with us. It was the time of my life. He took pictures with us, gave me his sprawl shirt, signed cards and our tickets, and gambled with us afterwards. I still tell people about how awesome that experience was. Such a great guy, and more importantly a friend to me I believe. He was a hero of mine, and I'm truly saddened by this. RIP Evan...I'll miss you buddy.


Sherry said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:18 AM

You will be Missed

You were such a pleasure to watch in the octogon. May you rest in peace.


vern said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:21 AM

my reason

You are the reason I started watching U.F.C rest in peace champ.


Gurpreet Sandhu said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Evan Tanner - Sentient and Truly Conscious Being


Hey Evan when i saw you fight there was about you which just appealed to me. The fighting style and the persona you gave off. This was when I would watch your old fights in UFC Unleashed at my grandmas home in London, England. No doubt did your fights help to get me into the sport and watch more UFC etc... I want to thank you for being that guy.. I remember saying to my friends how i liked you and thought you were a cool fighter and person etc....

This eventually lead me to read your blog which i found was truly interesting and inspirational. I remember I read the entire blog and stayed up all night reading, probably non stop for about 7 to 8 hours. They were truly captivating... I loved the way you fought hard to keep that old boat alive and re did it and everything without knowing a damn thing about boats! Yet you fought s ohard to keep it in the water, despite the lack of funds or anything... just for the sheer thrill of it.. living in cars etc.. sleeping outside... you truly were and adventurer which I found incredible... a very, very strong individual, one of the hardest men out there.

I feel shocked at your loss and can only hope you are happy now, wherever you may be...

You always seemed like a cool, nice individual.. you definitely not a 'fake'...

I got that from you, you were a truly aware being.. you knew who you were and you were very clued up about life.. Intelligent and aware and conscious.. You were open minded... i could tell these things....

You are a very special man and I promise you that you will NEVER be forgotten. We will always remember you sir, and i will always respect and remember your strength, courage and honour...

The power of one!!!


june harber said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

A-Town Misses You!

Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many of us since high school days. Your journey has just begun. See you on the other side!


Thomas Z said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Shocked and Saddened

I always really liked Evan. He always came off as humble and a really cool guy. I'm really sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting him. You're deeply missed, Evan. I hope we'll meet someday.


Fabricio [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:25 AM

De um fã brasileiro

Sinto muito, e é com pezar que venho aqui deixar meus pesames para a familia do grande campeão Evan Tarner, agora ao lado de Deus.


Descanse em paz Guerreiro..


june harber said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:26 AM

A-Town Misses You!

Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many of us since high school days. Your journey has just begun. See you on the other side!


june harber said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:26 AM

A-Town Misses You!

Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many of us since high school days. Your journey has just begun. See you on the other side!


Fabricio [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:26 AM

De um fã brasileiro

Sinto muito, e é com pezar que venho aqui deixar meus pesames para a familia do grande campeão Evan Tarner, agora ao lado de Deus.


Descanse em paz Guerreiro..


Brad said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

RIP Evan

As a long time observer of Evan this is just so sad. Rest in peace Evan. I hope you find in death, what you seemed to be always searching for in life.


Max said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Still in our hearts

Evan, you will definately be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. I can honestly say you were a fighter I kept my eye on since the beginning of your career. when you took your break i read your blog entries about your excursions. i feel like that really made your fans feel you never took a break at all. I was stoked when i heard you were fighting in fight night, starting your journey towards the belt again. I am shocked and sadden by news of such a humble, intelligent, and athletic man has been taken away from this world. Rest in peace Evan, and i will always believe in the power of one.


Jerry Moore said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Rest in peace

Evan was one of my favorite fighters, I loved his style and the way he carried himself. Truly one of the nicest humblest men that this world has ever had. I live in Amarillo where he is from and I just want to say God bless his family and friends.


NICHOLAS MIRABELLA [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:29 AM

A TRUE WARRIOR

Evan Tanner you were and will always be one of my inspirations in life and in the sport of mixed martial arts. I relate to you in many ways. I will truly miss you. Even though I never met you I feel just reading your blogs and interviews gave me the ability to consider you a friend. I know you are at peace, and hopefully one day we will meet. You will be missed.


Max said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Still in our hearts

Evan, you will definately be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. I can honestly say you were a fighter I kept my eye on since the beginning of your career. when you took your break i read your blog entries about your excursions. i feel like that really made your fans feel you never took a break at all. I was stoked when i heard you were fighting in fight night, starting your journey towards the belt again. I am shocked and sadden by news of such a humble, intelligent, and athletic man has been taken away from this world. Rest in peace Evan, and i will always believe in the power of one.


Matthew Hicks [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:31 AM

R.I.P. Evan A TRUE WARRIOR

Evan was a true warrior. He always sent me encouraging messages & gave me tips even when he was extremely busy. I am gonna miss talking with you Evan. I will remember everything you have said & taught me.


Micah Wiggins said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:38 AM

May Angels Lead You In

“My thought was that I’m in a position where I’ve done some things and some people look up to me a little bit and maybe something in my story can help inspire them or motivate them to get through some things or do something better,” said Tanner before his return against Yushin Okami at UFC 82 in March. “If that’s the case and it helps anybody else out, then it’s worth me facing the embarrassment."

Honorable men are few and far between, you'll be missed.


Monte said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM

"You will be missed dearly"

Your Parker St. Posse will always love & remember you. I have so much I want to to say....but can't. Although I didn't know you as well as others, I felt close to you because of Dena E. She'd keep me up to date on what was going on in your life. Up...Down...around & round. I know you are at rest now and no longer have the burden of life's troubles. Ride to live, surf with the dolphins, and believe. We will meet again on that highway in the sky. "You will be missed dearly"
Monte, Sharon, Josh, John & Dena.


Kayla said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM

GO WITH GOD....FOR GOD WILL.......

Evan God Bess you, go and be at peace. Your memory will live on in many of your fans. Your battles are over. GOD WILL KEEP YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAFE, AND GIVE THEM PEACE.


Jamal Alsaqer said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Warrior

Tanner was involved in the first live event I ever attended. I walked into the arena at The Royal Albert Hall in London and there he was pummeling Chris Haseman as I sat front row. It was surreal seeing him live after all those tapes and DVDs I'd watched over the years. I'd see him live in the US many times after that as well. My most memorable moment had to be when I laid down $1,000 on him to win the UFC title vs Terrell. He was a sizeable underdog but I knew he wouldn't get caught in a sub and would win by gutting it out and outlasting his opponent. What he did in reality was even more amazing. He escaped all thrown at him and took that title on heart and determination. I ended up leaving with $2,700 in my pocket and him to thank for it. I met him a few events later at UFC 54. He was very friendly and posed for a pic with my brother and I. I mentioned how he'd won me the cash and he seemed quite pleased to hear it. I used that $2,700 to buy a watch and it always reminded me of him in that fight. Even more so now that he's gone. RIP, Evan. You will be missed.


Brian Robertson [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Goodbye Evan

You inspired us with your writing and with your fighting. You will always have a special place in our hearts.



Emil said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

You will be remembered

May you find your peace, wherever you may be. To me you meant alot, and you are an inspiration for me. Your way of thinking has encouraged me to become a better person.

I will never forget you.


Casey Kitchen said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Rest in Peace

You will be missed. You were an amazing mma artist and lived a awesome life.


Casey Kitchen said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Rest in Peace

You will be missed. You were an amazing mma artist and lived a awesome life.


Alex Rennie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:44 AM

True Hero in life

Evan was a true champion in the world of sport and out, most importantly he was a true hero for myself in life. I can't thank him enough for all the words of encouragment and to keep on pushing, the world will never see the likes of a special person like Evan.

May you Rest In Peace Evan.


Angie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Evan you will be missed.

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer: It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals, or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide or fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitation of being a human. It doesn't interest me if the story you're telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty, even if it's not pretty every day, and if you can source your life from God's presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the sliver of the full moon, "yes!" It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children. It doesn't interest me who you are, how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

You embodied this to me and made it real. You will truely be missed, but never gone. You left a mark on so many hearts.


Isaiah said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

The Heart of a Warrior

I am a big fan of Evan. His presence in the ring was bigger than life.I would be in awe of his abilities in the octagon. You will be missed but never forgotten.


Tid M said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Evan you will forever be miss and will forever live in my heart

Evan...to me you was the man and always will be. I'm really inspired by you in every way as a figter and as a person. There's no word to explain how I feel inside when I heard the news I didn't want to believe it. I wish I could have met you in person and really got to know you beside just through myspace. You was my idol Evan to me you're the greatest in the world and I'm going to really miss you. You will always live in my heart and your words will always guide me to find my path in life. You was always so free never bounded by the constraint of life. You alwsys walked the true path..you inspired me to live strong, speak true and dream big. Rest in peace brother you will greatly be missed and never be forgotten. YOu will always live in my heart Evan...



Steven Hufford said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Tremendous Heart

I never saw anyone fight as hard as Evan. Watching him put all he had in to what he did was truly inspiring. Thank you for that and thank you for being one of the few who really make this sport great, I will always be a fan.

My heart goes out to Evan’s friends and family.

Be at peace Evan...


Rick L said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:51 AM

A Warrior in the Truest Sense.

R.I.P. Evan, you were always one of my favorite fighters to watch and your overcoming the demons you have been facing in recent years was truly inspirational to all that follow you. You will be missed yet never forgotten.


Daniel Manley [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Inspiration

Evan,

You are my inspriration to be individual and authentic. You are what we call a "real man". The native americans understood this concept well. Your spirt will live forever in our hearts. For me, your spirit will give me strength. Thank you Evan Tanner.

Never gone,

Daniel


adam cayzer said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM

one heck of a warrior

evan, although your gone, and ive never had the pleasure of meeting you, im sad to hear of your passing.i hope that you have found what you have been looking for.it was awesome seeing you fight, and i cant wait to see you on the other side. rest in peace bro. i believe!


Fernando Carvajal said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Thank you and may you rest in peace

Thank you for fighting every time with all your heart and helping me to know that every time i step on the court i never give up just like you.


Fernando Carvajal said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Thank you and may you rest in peace

Thank you for fighting every time with all your heart and helping me to know that every time i step on the court i never give up just like you.


Jenn said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM

True Warrior.

Evan, I hope you've found your treasure in another place. You'll be missed by many. RIP.


Noel O'Reilly said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM

R.I.P Evan

I've just read of Evan's passing today, he was my favourite MMA fighter and seemed to be a genuinely good guy. His middleweight title win will always be one of my favourite sporting memories. Rest in Peace Evan.


La said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Rest In Peace

Our condolences to your family & friends. We will miss you. XOXO


Jordan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Evan

For some odd reason I have often felt I could really relate with Evan. It was as though there was something inside of Evan that I also found inside of myself...



Rodney Williams said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

A Great Fighter

I met him over ten years ago when he was fighting in Amarillo. Nelson introduced me to him it was as much a pleasure talking to him as it was watching the skill he possesed. You were a special person and champion. You will be missed...


Looq said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

R.I.P Evan

I came onto the internet today to have my daily browse and found this devastating news.

It's such a shame that this has happened, especially to such a good person.

I was never a hardcore fan of Evan if I'm honest but he was always one of those fighters that I had lots of respect for. He was a great guy and a great champion and whether you're a hardcore fan or not, those things alone deserve respect.

My condolences go out to Evans family, friends and hardcore Evan fans.

R.I.P Evan...You'll be missed.


Brian Gilley [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Evan - A great loss to the UFC, his family, and friends.

I never met Evan, but have always been a big fan. I always had a sense that Evan was a stand up guy and his trip and untimely death is simply tragic.

I'm sure he'll be missed by many, on screen and off.

Rest in peace Evan.


Dirk P. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:57 AM

you will be missed

You showed people that travelling the hard road is also possible.

you showed people to grab life by the horns and make one big adventure of it.

good luck with your final Adventure!

The sport and the fans will miss you...


Bob said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:57 AM

A lost hero

One of the greats and he will be missed.


PhyteGuru [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM

We miss you already!

Evan was a great guy. Was fortunate enough to meet him in Vegas once. I remember him being surrounded by about 300 people and he stood there and took a picture with every one of them. Most of the people had Evan put them in a headlock and he was happy to do it. I was one of those lucky people fortunate enough to get a pic with him and was also lucky enough to see him fight Okami live. Even though he didn't win - It's a memory I'll take with me.

Good luck with the adventures up there.
We'll see ya soon.

PhyteGuru


Rob I said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Next Chapter

You sure made it a long way since those nights at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Tx. You told me you were going on a quest to live life to the fullest and I chose not to go. However I did live vicariously through you. You left us with fond memories and I am sure we will meet again some day. While you are gone from our world, you have simply opened the next chapter of yours. Take care Evan.


dustin carr said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:01 PM

You will be Missed

You lived life to the fullest as a free man. Now you are a free soul. I am deeply saddend for our loss. Rest In Peace.


Mike said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Great Man and Fighter!

You have greatly inspired me Evan. Thank-You for the great fights and Thank-You for being who you are!! I look up to you, and will always miss you and remember you. Rest in Peace, brother!


Alfredo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:03 PM

R.I.P

evan tanner was a great fighter and also a hero to all the wrestlers at caprock high school...he will be missed greatly...and im a senior wrestler at caprock high school and im dedicating my senior year to evan tanner and his family...


Lee said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:08 PM

So Unreal

It seems so unreal that I woke up and read the news of your passing. I honestly don't know what to say. I almost wrote a cliche' "RIP" sentence, but I think you deserve more from someone you helped out.

I was going thru some very hard times last year. I emailed you thru this site just saying I hope you were doing well, and I couldn't wait to see you compete again. You emailed me back with a long reply and sent me some autographed cards in the mail. That meant alot to me that someone who had accomplished so much, and had fame would take the time to talk to a nobody fan like me.

Thank you for always being you.


Brett said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:12 PM

You are an inspiration, Evan

Thanks for the memories, Evan. You are an amazing guy, and I hope you are already on to the next big adventure. You will be missed.


shane said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Keep Exploring

R.I.P Evan
You will be greatly missed but never forgotten.There is a whole new world for you to explore and we will all keep believing in the power of one


Joe E. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:14 PM

He knew all the rules, but the rules did not know him

God Bless Evan,and thanks. Rest Easy.


PC said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:14 PM

RIP EVAN

We lost more than a fighter. Evan Tanner was an honest and passionate man. His life was an open book and I hope that others will find inspiration in the way he lived this life.

RIP EVAN


Candace D. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:15 PM

RIP....

My husband and I are simply fans. We are saddened and shocked at the news. May you be with God right now and having a birds eye view for future fights to come.

RIP Evan


Dave said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:15 PM

R.I.P.

Thanks for the memories.

You fans appreciated you.


jimmy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:17 PM

you will be missed

you always struck me as a very descent person, both in and out of the ring. you will be missed


Fernando said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Goodbye fighter

Some people live their lives leaving nothing behind, just to end in oblivion. This is not his case. Evan lived a life to be remembered and honored in every sense. Only the good die young, and sometimes, too young, dear Evan, you left us too soon, you lived a short but wondefull life, dear friend, rest in peace my friend, we will miss you.


lozer said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:18 PM

dameeeeeeeeeee

Dame that sucks... i wanted to see you fight liddel but i quess that is not happening no more RIP


Luis Lopez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:18 PM

R.I.P.

Thanx for such good fights & memories.
Lu_e


Luke said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Rest in peace Evan

Evan was an inspiration both in and out of the cage. This is a terible time and my best wishes and deepest sympathies go out to all his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.


Adam said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:21 PM

The power of one!

You will be greatly missed not only in the ring or cage but in the life out side them both. This world has lost a great man thanks for the memories and the words and quotes you have left us with.


kbowes said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:23 PM

thank you

wow..I am deeply saddened by this news. Evan's writing inspired me to do my best in this game of life and to never give up. Wish I got the chance to meet him, I was a huge fan. R.I.P.


~T~ said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Rest In Peace Evan....

You will always be a champ but now you will be a champion on the golden streets of heaven. YOUR star will always shine bright. May your friends and family know that you will always be with them. Memories live on forever in the heart.

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~

Rest in Peace Warrior....
T~ North Carolina


JSL said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:25 PM

INspiration To ALL

Evan touched more lives than numbers can count inside and outside of the ring. I never mjet the guiy but he was the Everyman with his struggles and problems.

He brought to light that no matter how great your life appears on the outside, everyone struggles with inner demons and our own personal problems.


You will be missed and loved by us inisde and outside the MMA community.

J


Baki said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:25 PM

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rest in peace brother. we'll miss ya


Jacob Nuesser [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Thanks for touching us all Evan

I met Evan literally hours before he fought David Terrell to capture his UFC middleweight title...and I met him in the gift store of the hotel of all places. He stopped and took the time to take a photo and I told him to kick some ass...and that is what he did.

He did that in the cage, but as we all know he was so much more then that. He kicked ass in life as well---he lived more in 37 years then most of us ever will and for everyone who was touched by the way he lived---to the fullest---I want to thank him for that.

Rest in peace---and continue to BELIEVE.


Luke Child said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Inspriation!!

An inspriation to all. RIP Evan!!


Joe Collett said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:28 PM

"Live Strong, Speak True, Dream Big"

Evan said it best himself. We could all learn from him....Rest in Peace


Robin said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:28 PM

GODSPEED EVAN

Evan's amazing spirit lives on in those lives that he touched both personally and professionally. May Evan's light always shine brightly in the hearts of those lives he touched. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends, and fans.


Nate Dodson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Never Quit

A warrior who didn't know the meaning of the word "quit". Even when he was down on the scorecards he fought like a beast. Enjoyed watching his fights and checking his blog to see what he was up too. One of the most giving and down-to-earth fighters on the scene. It's an unfortunate loss for MMA fans and the people he counted as friends.


Marcelino said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:29 PM

RIP

Evan, you were always one of my favorites. You're wild and free spirit caught my attention from the get go and I truly enjoyed your interviews and fights. You'll be missed.


Father Tebow said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:30 PM

God Bless you and your loved ones!

Evan was a hard headed guy who would never back down or quit. He went out with that same spirit and will always be remembered as a great man, friend and fighter to us all.



iceman said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:30 PM

poet,warrior

just want to say rest in piece,u were a great fighter and person,always good to the fans


John Grant said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:34 PM

You will be missed

You remain an inspiration for all who knew you or of you. Your battles in and out of the Octagon you faced head on, and the way you lived life raw and unchecked, the only way you knew how, was a source of envy and wonderment. We will miss you Evan... RIP


Your Moms Box said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Goodbye Evan

Evan, Great champion. He died at a young age but accomplished more than most will in their whole lives. My heart goes out to his friends and family.


Jen Stiles said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:35 PM

RIP

I always loved watching you in the octagon... you were always respectful and fun to watch. RIP


MJS said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:36 PM

In shock

I woke up this morning to a phone call from a good friend telling me that Evan had passed away, obviously not the way I wanted to start my day. My friend felt the need to wake me up at 6 AM to share this because him and I share a memory of Evan that I will carry with me untill my dieing day.

It was UFC 51 Super Saturday, my friend resided in Las Vegas and had gotten tickets to the show and asked me to come down from Washington State to go. As you may know the fights that night were first class and we got to witness Evan stop Dave Terrell to win the UFC Middleweight Championship, as a fan of Evan from Day 1 that was enough to make my night but it did not stop there.

As my friend and I were making our way through the Mandalay Bay Casino to get to our car we looked up to see Evan, still in his fight gear and proudly wearing the UFC Championship belt around his waste, coming our way. I stopped him and asked for a photo and an autograph and would have been thrilled at just that but Evan was gracious enough to stand and have a 10 minute conversation with me, asking about me and where I was from and what I do ect ect.

His kindness and generosity turned a great trip into a once in a life time experience that I will never forget.

Evan you are missed and will be forever

Untill we meet again.....


guy smalley [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:37 PM

He walked the walk

I was truly sadden when I heard the news but when I think about it he is just in another level one that was of his own choosing.
How many of us would have the courage to find themselves to the degree Evan did.
peace


Deneige said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:37 PM

RIP

This is sad to hear! Great fighter


Tyrone said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:37 PM

RIP Evan

Sorry to see you go, you were a good person and an inspiration.


Brian Wagner said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:39 PM

a great loss.....

We lost, not only a hell of a fighter, but one hell of a Texan. To the family, keep your heads up....you have nothing to hold your heads down for. Keep the faith and know that there is a Kty boy keeping the fighting Texan spirit alive in NM.

Godspeed.....


Dan Durso said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:43 PM

God bless the Tanner family

ONE OF THE MOST INFLUETIAL PEOPLE. My prayers are out to the family of former ufc champ. I had the honor of taking a trip to UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio and witnessing one of his last fights. Its hard to see so much history come to an end, but Memories run forever bro. One love Evan. We will kick it one day in heaven.


andrew said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Goodbye Evan

You were totally the real deal.

This really sad news for the rest of us....but for you, be happy and rest in peace.


Sean McManus [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:45 PM

A five minute chat

I had an opportunity to speak with Evan back at Freedom Fight in July - he was cornering Ian Dawe. We spoke briefly about his trip up to Canada and we also spoke about his blog. I expressed to Evan how much I admired and appreciated his honesty about his struggles outside of the ring and that his words carried to others struggling with their own demons or those with family members going through similar circumstances, beyond even what he may have known. Evan thanked me for my honesty and we shook hands. From that five minute chat, I can understand how much Evan meant to those that knew him and cared deeply for him. Evan will surely be missed - peace.


Tym said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:45 PM

BELIEVE

R.I.P. may your soul wander whereever it chooses now
you've earned it


WILLIAM MEDINA said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:49 PM

IS A NEW ADVENTURE FOR A GREAT CHAMP

It sadden me to hear that one of the greatest athletes and champ in the mixed martial arts has passed on! Evan was the real deal ! My condolences go to the Tanner family and know that you will me missed!!! May God Bless You and your Love ones!!!


Tomás said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Your Adventure WIll Stay Alive Forever

Your life teaches us all to keep fighting that good fight. Thanks for living such a great life and being so personal with your fans. R.I.P. and God Bless


Ashley said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Beleive in the Power of ONE

RIP Evan Tanner...one of the greatest. You will be missed! This is unbelievable. You were and will continue to be an ispiration to everyone of us that BELIEVE!!!


kela said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:54 PM

no can beleive

evan, rest in peace friend. May God bless you and your family... you were truly an awsome fighter and a greater person! aloha from hawaii!


Curtis said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:54 PM

DOWN TO EARTH GUY!

I have watched evan fight the last few years and have and will be a fan of evan tanner. He just reminds me of a person that if you put your mind to it you can do it. He will be missed. RIP. thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones.


D.Ortiz said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:55 PM

To his family

To his family, so sorry for your loss....
He will be a missed in the MMA scene as a great icon of the sport, with the help of him made it what it is today.


Rebecca said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Miss you

Evan, Me and many of your fans will miss you very much. Even when I liked the other guy more than you, I still cheered for you. Rest in peace and see you real soon some day.


alex a said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:58 PM

rip :(

I didn't know you in person but I loved watching you fight. Win or lose I became a die hard fan a long time ago and i bursted in tears last night when I heard the news. Your background story was amazing, you defeated alcoholism and got back into the ring. Thank you for putting on a show and being one of the best champs we'll ever see, I will you and your family in my prayers. RIP


kela said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:59 PM

can beleive

evan, rest in peace freind. May God bless you and your family... you were truly an awesome fighter and a greater person! aloha from Hawaii!


Junior said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:00 PM

Rest In Peace Brother

Our shock and grief will be forever a reminder that you have to tell the ones you care about how you feel each and every time you see them. You never know what comes with each passing day. Rest In Peace Brother!

Eel Ground, New Brunswick


Brad Hamer-Jackson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:00 PM

Sad to C U go

Evan....i always loved your ground and pound style and will remember your time as a warrior in the UFC! My thought are out to everyone that loved you! Peace up there bro!


Alex M. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:01 PM

Great Loss

He lived his life with nothing holding him back. As free as the soul can get. Not only a great loss to the M.M.A. world but to the world its self. Always think of him riding his Harley with a big beard and a smile, seeking the next adventure.


Barry Leamy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:03 PM

Sorry you had to go

R.I.P Evan hope you keep rockin the beard while cruisin up the pearly gates,you were a great fighter and and never gave up no matter what life through at you, you will be missed


Casey family said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:06 PM

Such a loss

Our family follows MMA and our daughter trains here in WI. We are so sorry to hear about the tragedy of losing Mr. Tanner. His family, friends, and all those in MMA are in our prayers today.


Ashley said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:06 PM

Sad Day

Today is a sad day. Evan will be missed by not only the people that know him best but the thousands of MMA fans. Rest in Peace!


Dan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:08 PM

A Hero

I never knew the man but I always looked up to him. Seemed like a real man. I am a fan of his and I always liked his fighting style which I believe showed us a lot about him. I am sadened and I pray for those the closest to him. RIP


brian [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:08 PM

heart

one of the last times i saw evan fight, he was beat up pretty good. he never wavered in this defeat and showed all of the heart that made him a champ. i always got the feeling that evan really scared his opponents. he just seemed like the type of guys who laughs at the site & taste of his own blood. in my opinion, he embodies a certain side of MMA. he will be forever remembered. i encourage everyone to take hike and spend some quiet time with nature in evan's honor. RIP.


Candy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:08 PM

God bless

God bless you Evan! May your family find peace and comfort!


Travis Vincent [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:09 PM

He will be missed

this fighter will be missed for more then just his fighting . what he ment to ever one in this sport and his fans will be missed .


Travis Vincent [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:09 PM

He will be missed

this fighter will be missed for more then just his fighting . what he ment to ever one in this sport and his fans will be missed .


Harold said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:09 PM

speechless

As I woke up this morning to check my e-mail, I seen on my news front page "UFC Fighter Found Dead". After learning it was you,Evan I so bad wanted it to be a joke. I wanted at the end of the article for their to be a photograph of you holding a piece of paper with "Gotcha" written on it, or Ashton Kutcher and you standing next to one another with one last "You've been Punk'd" for ole time sake on Ashton's part.

In my opinion you were not only a great fighter,but a wonderful person as well. In history sports have lost great athletes, Nascar lost Dale Earnhardt, the NFL lost Pat Tillman and Walter Payton, and the sport of MMA lost you. And it's so selfish of me to be upset and sad over this because the Holy Bible says "It is better to be absent from the body and be present with the lord." So, in closing I just have to say that Heaven has gained one hell of an angel.....Rest in Peace Evan, your spirit may have moved on, your body may be gone but you will NEVER be forgotten.


Zach Ward said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:10 PM

The Champ

Evan,

I am at a loss for words, Thank you for everything you have taught me both inside the ring and out. You are a true champion and you will never be forgotten. We will miss you always!

Zach- Xyience Vegas


Zach Ward said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:10 PM

The Champ

Evan,

I am at a loss for words, Thank you for everything you have taught me both inside the ring and out. You are a true champion and you will never be forgotten. We will miss you always!

Zach- Xyience Vegas


Kjell B said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:11 PM

Inspiration

My kindest thoughts go out to your family and close friends.

You were really an inspiration for many, hope u continue beeing yourself in wichever place you are now. Peace and love dude, peace and love!

Kjell



Jeremiah Johnson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:11 PM

I am at a complete loss for words...

Evan,...You are an ambassador for the way a life should have been lived...and an unbelievable fighter as well. Thank you for everything you've done and I hope to one day ride in heaven next to you brother... GOD BLESS... RIP Evan...


BuddyLee And Ariana said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:13 PM

THE BIGGEST HEART IN THE OCTAGON!

Rest easy fighters in the octagon...for Evan Tanner will always be watching over you. There will forever be a spot at the top for you, EVAN TANNER UFC CHAMPION!!


Jade said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:15 PM

Rest In Peace...

I did not know who Evan was until today, but in hearing what kind a man Evan was I felt I should leave a message. Evan, its obvious to me that you are loved and respected by many. The same adventurous nature you had also runs through my blood. Its something I respect, something not many people have. You will be missed. Its a shame I will never run into to you out on one of our adventures. Sounds like we would have gotten along. Take care buddy. Your in my prayers.


Jon S said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:15 PM

Great Champ

Tanner was a great champion. I loved watching him fight as a became a fan of the sport. He was one of the toughest fighters I have ever seen. RIP.


Mark said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:16 PM

R.I.P

Rest in peace bro! ou have been an inspiration to the world and you will be missed!!!!!


Mina said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:17 PM

Rest in peace

May you find your way into the heavens Tanner


Nick T said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:19 PM

Still in disbelief ...

that he's gone.

Tanner was always one of my favorite fighters. He will be greatly missed.

I'm sure his journals will be turned into a movie or book. He was a poet. RIP.


Noly Tengonciang said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:20 PM

We will miss you Evan

Evan, thank you for everything you've left us with. Thank you for being a constant inspiration. You will be terribly missed.


jorge said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:20 PM

DREAM BIG................

Dream big, speak true and live strong. That was your words my friend. You will always be part of are family, you were like a brother to me and Denise, and a uncle to Miles and Ashlee. You live in our hearts and will truly be missed.
We will always remember all the good times and cherish every moment we had together.
Rest in peace my friend, you are a legend that will never be forgotten.
Jorge--Oceanside,CA.



Steve said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:22 PM

Thank You

Evan, you inspired people in ways I doubt you ever knew. From the few times I spoke with you, I really felt like you were a kind soul. You cared about your fans, and were in inspiration to me to stick with martial arts. I will see you again one day.


Kyle said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:22 PM

True warriors are few and far between

I was selling a bookshelf on Craigslist,and Evan of all people showed up at my door to claim it. I think he wanted to remain anonymous, but when he saw my bags and equipment, he knew I recognized him. At the time, he was gathering furniture for the fight house in Oregon. We spoke briefly, and as cheesy as it sounds, i sensed something very deep in him. He sent me an email the next day, adn we kind of hit it off. I have a relatively adventurous military background
(SOF) and we talked about what motivates men to run to the sound of the guns. I became a fan of his, and enjoyed his writing and adventures. I am not the most emotional person, and have lost people very close to me before their time, but the news of his passing knocked me down for a bit. At the same time, I almost expected a guy like him to leave us early; not because he was wrong or made a mistake, but just because he seemed like maybe he was too big for this world. I am having a hard time finding the right way to annunciate the reasons I feel he wouldn't last long; trust me, it is not meant to be disrespectful in any way. Does anyone know what I mean?

Kyle


Thomas Koch said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:23 PM

we will miss you

I'm speechless. I was looking forward for news about Evans next fight and than...
RIP.


Jesse said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:24 PM

We lost one of the good ones

Evan Tanner was one of the good ones, he was a great fighter and more importantly he was great in the ways that really matter. I'm a fan of the sport but there are few fighters who truly inspire me, Evan Tanner was one of the few.

You'll be missed.


Fred T said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:25 PM

rip

it wont be the same without you - you will be greatly missed


gary g said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:25 PM

we'll miss you

omg i AM SO SORRY FOR THE FAMILY. i REMEMBER EVAN AND HIS DAUGHTER IN THE OCTAGON AFTER ONE OF HIS WINS. HOW SAD. PLEASE KEEP US POSTED!!! REST IN PEACE EVAN...


Moses from Lubbock, TX said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:26 PM

Believe in the Power of One

Rest in peace bro. You were a great insperation to fighters here in the West Texas area. You gave hope to us small town guys to make it to the top...and if its in Gods will, I WILL. God Bless.


Filip Hagkvist said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:27 PM

You inspired a lot of people Evan!

I just got back from my MMA practice and just as I was about to leave one of my friends told me that Evan had passed away. It really made me sad. I started to practice shootfighting back in 2001 and from the very begining Evan was a favourite fighter of mine. I just want to express my feelings for his closest friends and family and I hope he knows that he inspired a lot of people inside and outside the fighting world. One of them was a 21 year shootfigting student in Umeå, Sweden. Rest in peace Evan. /Filip hagkvist


Denise said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:28 PM

A Man Amoung Men

Before Evan was our UFC Champ, he was the King of Caprock High School, Class of '89! He was a quiet warrior with a good heart, showing kindness to everyone he met. It's not surprising to see how many people love him still. He was truly a man among men. God bless!


Nick T said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:29 PM

He will be missed

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2007/11/16/16403/932

An article from last year about Evan. =(


NickRE said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:29 PM

RIP Champ

The last of a dying breed has been laid to rest. There will never be another like him. RIP Champ your fights over now.


Chase Forth [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:29 PM

You will not be forgotten

Evan,

You have changed the landscape of Mixed Martial Arts and truly have brought many to their feet with your performances. You will always be remembered as a true ambassador of this sport, with a strong mind and will. Some of the truly special moments this sport has seen, was while you were in the ring. I will definitely be doing a video on my Youtube account in remembrance of not only your career, but Evan Tanner as a man. You have touched many lives, and those you have touched will be eternally grateful.

Chase Forth
aka "PhantomUFCfan"
http://www.youtube.com/hattrickhockey17



Vince Sutton said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:30 PM

A Warrior

Evan Tanner helped the UFC become what it is today. I hope Dana White and Zuffa puts together a fitting documentary or special to honor him. To his family, cry not for Evan, for his battles are won. Ride in peace brother.


Jennifer White said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:31 PM

Jennifer

The world has lost someone very special in you, Evan. Not many people can carry themselves with as much dignity as you have and show such respect for others. Your athletic triumphs (and humanitarian ones, as well) will always be remembered by your fans, friends and loved ones. You have left a legacy that will live on. I hope your poet's soul is at peace. My sympathies and prayers go out to Evan's family and friends.


FieryEmber said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:31 PM

WILDMAN TANNER

I am in complete shock by the news of Evan's untimely passing. I have always been a fan of this handsome fighter and routed for him in each of his fights. He will be sorely missed by many.

My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. May he rest in peace.


Grand Junction Brawler said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:35 PM

The toughest man alive.

This is a man who was the greatest middleweight champ and the toughest there is. God save Evan Tanner and take him to the octagon in the sky.
with love The Brawler!


Bill C. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:36 PM

We'll miss you.

I still can't believe what I'm reading the past few hours. This is a terrible loss. It's difficult to comprehend this.


Jim Moody said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:37 PM

R.I.P. Evan Tanner

Evan, you were always the "underdog" and you were always able to dig down deep and fighr your way through it. You were an amazing fighter and an inspiration! I only hope I can be half the man you were. RIP


PJ Luna said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:37 PM

R.I.P CHAMP

a warrior's spirit

a vicious clinch

and a beard that went on for days

thank you for putting on the gloves and doing what most of can only criticize on forums

thank you for roaming these lands the way in which God intened...freely

"Free spirit" may be an understatement when describing you, Evan. Thank you for all that you've done and the examples that you've set for the troubled, the sport, and the world


Wu Tang said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:37 PM

Thank you

Tanner is a good man. Like all people that treck his road, he fought many demons. Either that be from drinking, depression or what have you, Evan has always find a way to conquer it. It can be said that his problems started when his girl left him (around when he lost his belt). I dont know the details nor do i care, but his journey, like mines mirrors each other. He has done many things and inspired many. I even got an email from him from his myspace a few months before his fight from Okami, saying that he still had problems and still on a journey. We are all in a journey. Right now he is in heaven, probably on a journey.


sol stone said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:39 PM

A True Warrior

RIP, Evan. Your zeal for life and honest approach to it's many rigors was a guidebook for many.


sombra [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:40 PM

......

que en paz descanze


codenamedavide said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:41 PM

True Warrior Spirit

Evan Tanner wasn't just a martial artist, or a prize fighter or a professional athlete. People criticised him for not being more conventional, more focused on his career in the ufc, but evan lived his life like a warrior and martial arts was only a part of that. Thank you Evan for your courage and integrity and for reminding us that it's not just about fame and glory and money. You will be missed. Godspeed.


James Byrnes said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:43 PM

The lord has a new guardian angel!

Evan Tanner we all loved watching you compete and you are a true inspiration to those who dream of great adventures and are not afraid to be free spirits.

RIP Bro


Steve T said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:44 PM

RIP EVAN!

I just wanted to send my sympathy to the family, friends, and fans of Evan Tanner. With my deepest thoughts and prayers God Be With You. RIP EVAN You Were the Greatest! man! Steve T in Alabama USA


Erin said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:47 PM

My heart breaks for you and your family

I am at a loss for words. I cant believe this is really true. What a sad thing to happen to such a neat person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. He will be missed but never forgotten.


Standup_Philosopher said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:48 PM

You will be missed.

I`ve never met Evan Tanner but he would be one of those guys I would have just wanted to talk to for at least 5 minutes.

Evan Tanner...You will be missed



Jim said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:49 PM

We'll miss you Evan...

It's kind of weird, someone you never met, likely never would meet, but by getting just a little glimpse into a corner of his life via MMA on TV and blogs, you just kind of get it, feel it, know the dude is a class act, and one in a trillion. That's how I feel about Evan, and man, it sucks to know he's gone. The world is a worse place for it.

RIP Evan. You impressed more folks in this life than you'll ever know.


Dubby Nugget said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:50 PM

Farewell to a Bonafide American Original!

"Each man carries with him the soul of a poet who died young."

'Antoine de Saint-Expurey'


Aubrey White said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:51 PM

Why

I've been a fan since his first fight in the UFC at UFC 18 when he choked out Darrel Gholar. And he was one of the few fighters who (in my mind )never had a boring fight. And he is THE ONLY fighter who I wanted to see make a comeback to the top. I will miss him. Like a million other people

R.I.P. Evan


Billy Baber said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:52 PM

To my friend and Brother

Evan I will you so much. We fought together since we were little kids. You got me back into fighting,and for that I owe youe everything. Every time I step back into the cage I will fight for you. My prayers are with the Tanner family. I will miss you my brother. God Bless You


Victor Pader said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:53 PM

One of the greatest of ALL time!

Evan Tanner, you were one of the best fighters. You were a UFC Champion. Not many can ever say they were once a UFC Champion. You accomplished and did things some people will never do or dream of doing. You were an inspiration to us all. Above all, I was a big fan. Rest In Peace. You will be missed.


steve stewart said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:53 PM

An Honest Man

Some of the things Evan Tanner wrote would have been of great comfort to many people.
He struggled through adversity and became an inspiration. God Bless Evan


joel touchatt said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:53 PM

my inspiration and a warrior and champion

I will miss you Evan, Rest In Peace brother. Thank you for showing me what a true world champion is.


h dog said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:54 PM

Dharma

I new nothing of Evan Tanner until his death and I was touched by his zeal for life. Everone's path is different but this appears to have been a man who sucked the juices from the fruit of life. I respect his way of living and his death. See you on the other side, Evan.


Krista said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:54 PM

RIP EVAN

I so didn't want to believe this. Evan & family will be in my prayers. The MMA community has lost a great warrior.


Mike Smith said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:54 PM

Too sad...

I wouldn't have thought the death of someone I didn't know could effect me like this. Most fighters you only hear about when the fight, but something in Evan made you want to follow his life and see where it went. It's easy to say you like the adventurers life, but it's another thing to live it. He was supposed to be one of those ones who could live through anything, but I guess sometimes your luck runs out. He'll be missed more than he probably knew.


Kent said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:54 PM

Inspirational

I admired Evan as a fighter, but more so as a human. The type of quality person which is few and far between. He will be missed.


Boldhammer said, on: September 9, 2008 at 01:55 PM

RIP WARRIOR

Evan, RIP. The way you lived life was an inspiration. You will be missed.


Lara Hunter said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:00 PM

RIP

This is truly a shock and a tragedy. MMA has lost an amazing fighter that will be sadly missed for many years to come. RIP EVAN.


Kris S said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:00 PM

He has found peace

People will try to analyze this terrible loss by blaming it on one thing or another, but the truth is it doesn't matter. Evan was his own man, and followed his own path, both in life and in death. I will sincerely miss him, both as a fighter who always left it all out there for the fans and a man who battled his own demons and shared it all with us. He made us feel like we knew him personally, which is something that very few people do, even when you are around them every day. I know that Evan has found peace now. We can all learn a lot from his legacy.


stevie santos said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:01 PM

KEEP ON FIGHTING

R.I.P BROTHER, WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.


Bruce From Vegas said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:01 PM

The Path Of A Warrior

Evan Tanner was truely an inspiration to me since we both are around the same age 37. The old guys of the sport. I always had the utmost respect for Evan because of his warrior spirit and down to earth personality. You could see it when you looked deep into his eyes.

I've had the pleasure of seeing him around Las Vegas off and on over the past ten years at fights, after parties, and the such, and Evan was always the most humble, respectful and classy fighter I have ever met in victory or defeat.

He wasn't out to prove anything to anybody just himself. When I heard the news of his death I started to cry because at times in life it seems so unfair that the people who truely understand life and what it's about always seem to be taken away from us.
Evan made his mark on this life by being a friend, inspiration, and warrior to many people.

My condolences go out to all of his family and close friends. I am deeply sorry for your loss and hope your pain eases with time. Below is a writing by Bruce Lee and his thoughts on death this is how I choose to remember Evan Tanner a true warrior of life.

"Don't neglect life by worrying about death"

I don't know what is the meaning of death, but I am not afraid to die, and I go on, non-stop, going forward (with life).

Even though I (Evan Tanner)may die someday without fullfilling all of my ambitions, I will have no regrets. I did what I wanted to do and what I've done I've done with sincerity and to the best of my ability. You can't expect much more than that from LIFE.

Evan Tanner my prayers are with you and your family. You put up a great fight and will always be remembered. Peace!!!!



Mike Hamilton said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:02 PM

RIP Evan

I never had the pleasure of meeting Evan Tanner in person but I always admired his free spirit and his warrior ways in the Octagon. Rest in Peace, Evan


Steve said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:02 PM

Free

i can remember the first fight of Evan's i ever saw, and although i didn't know him, he immediately won me over. it seems he lived a life i can only envy, one that is totally free. if only more of us had the courage and ability to live such a life and let ourselves just be who we are naturally, i can't help but wonder how better of a world it would be. thank you Evan for helping me to have the courage to feel free. RIP


Jon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:02 PM

Sadly Missed

After achieving so many things it would be hard to ever forget you ...Travel well and find your treasure.



richard stanley said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:05 PM

the loss of a great man

the world just got a little less intresting hope you find true peace


Carey M said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:05 PM

a different kind of fighter

he was one of the first fighters to really turn my head and watch. then reading his blog i realized how complex Evan is. set far apart from the WWE mentality of some mma fighters. hes one the reasons i went to UFC 82. R.I.P Champ


Richard Yozzo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:07 PM

Believe

Evan,
I have read your blogs for years now. I was there, reading your life, from your issues with alcohol to your road back into the octagon. You were my inspiration, my reason to belive in something. You messaged me back countless times. I told you to get the book "The Power Of Positive Thinking" you said you would keep that in mind and you thanked for the kind encouraging words.

When I first heard about your death it hit me like a brick wall. You were an adventurer who lived this life as free and as kind as you knew. You inspired me on countless occasions and I love you for it.

I will keep you in my heart Evan, for as long as I live. Thank you for being you. A gentleman, a truely unique soul, A warrior, a friend and my inspiration.

My thoughts and my prayers are with the ones you leave behind. May you finally find what it is you searched for here on earth, elsewhere out there my friend. Thank you champ. I believe.


eamonn o'keeffe said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:08 PM

an inspiration

I found his outlook on life though his journal and his latest comeback extremely inspiring as both a fighter and a man. A true free spirit who worked hard for everything in his life Evan will be remembered with a place in our hearts.. RIP Evan Tanner


Enigma said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:09 PM

Much luv and respect,

The many times I watched Evan fight were glorias. He was the spirit of a fighter and a man. He did allot for many people whether knowingly or unknowingly. Legends never die, they just find other challenges. He will always be close to our hearts, and thoughts.

RIP my friend,
£


Shoot or Sprawl JT said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:10 PM

True Warrior !

May u rest in peace and may ur memory live on forever. The harcore fans will make sure ur ways of life will not be misunderstood as we all have felt the way you sometimes have come across but not all of us have the warrior spirit to keep on keeping on.. Alot of people live through men like you and we'll deeply miss you..


Miguel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:10 PM

Safe journey

The universe will miss you man.
You changed and affected alota us!


Matt said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:13 PM

Epic

Evan, you have lived a life most men only dream of.You are true champion in more ways than one.I am one of the many who are saddened by your departure, but I have a feeling you would want us to celebrate your amazing life rather than your leaving.You have truly inspired us all.Thank you.


Derick R. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:14 PM

Thank You

I would like to say a big thank you to the one and only, the late great Evan Tanner. Thank you for being an entertainer and an inspiration to people all over the world. It is a shame that it was all cut so short. RIP, you will be missed, and never forgotten.


Tony said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:15 PM

Another adventure

You will always inspire! You lived a life few of us have the balls to live! You will be missed and always admired. You left your mark on lots of us, thanks!


waltasmith said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:17 PM

You will be missed!

Evan and Tanner family,
What a true inspiration you were. Classy in victory and defeat. You will truly be missed. The UFC communnity will always remember you as a CHAMPION of life. God Bless you all as you celebrate the life a great man.


Steve Johnson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:19 PM

Wisconsin Johnson

I just want to say it was a pleasure to meet and hang out with Tanner at the 105th. My prayers go out to his friends, fans, and family. I don't know who reads these, but it would be great to get the picture of us off his phone. it's the group shot after the ones of girls......lmao


david corkey said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:22 PM

The greatest gift to give.

theirs only a few people in the world i look up to and model myself after. and he was one of them. and now he passed, but as i continue my journey in MMA, ill remember him.

hes not really gone, hes just on another trip, discovering new things.


Michael K said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:22 PM

RIP CHAMPION

Evan,

You are a man that knew there was something more out there to life and had to courage to pursue it.

I hope we meet again one day, so I may learn from your experiences.

RIP champ.



MidiNemo [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:23 PM

Always Be Remembered By Me-In A Better Place.

Evan i have been a fan of yours for many years and was gutted today hearing of your sad departure from our world.
You were an inspiration to many and you will never be forgotten.

RIP Mr Tanner.
In a better place now


patrick said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:23 PM

sorry for our loss

our loss says it all, man i am going to miss his blogs and stories.must have been a good guy to die that young he will be missed


Jesse Mair said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:26 PM

Hero of MMA

Few have done what he did in the early days of MMA. He was an inspiration to fans all over the world. I'm thankful I was able to see such a great athlete.

Your spirit will be missed.

Jesse


Thomas said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:27 PM

RIP Evan

RIP Evan - you were a great fighter !


Rhyno said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:29 PM

EVAN

Like many fans,

loved to watch Evan fight, looked forward to reading the blogs written by Evan, and treasured my chance of meeting Evan in person. When he was not engaging fans in person or via his blog, Evan was living LIFE. His blogs literally opened up the windows into his life. He shared his personal high's and low's, and endeared himself to many as he allowed us to see even a glamurous cage fighter is vulnerable and has to get through life just as we all do.

Meeting the soft spoken fighter was a highlight, and I seeing him smile as he shook hands and greeted those who approached, it was obvious that he tuly appreciated the love fans had for him.

I sit here somewhat emotional thinking about how he died, and can only hope Evan is in a better place on some other journey or trek. Though he did not have his hand raised after his last fight, he did not go out a loser. You will be missed.





The Big Dog said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:30 PM

Truly a loss of a Hero

From one of your biggest fans u will be greatly missed i didnt know you personelly but sounds like you had a heart of gold brother peace........


phil jones [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:31 PM

so sad

thanks evan for letting us all know you, if even only as fans.
you will not be forgotten - a true warrior soul...


Luis Oliva said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:34 PM

We will Always Remember you over here in the Panhandle

Its probably old now saying that I was his biggest fan or whatever, so instead I just want to say that he will always be in my and everybody's heart over here in Dumas and Amarillo, as a matter fact he will be in the hearts of the people of the panhandle. We love You Evan and you will truly be missed


Khim said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:35 PM

Kommer bli saknad

Ända till lilla sverige nådde du in till våra hjärtan,

Vi kommer att sakna dig Evan


Robert said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:38 PM

Robert said on sept 9/08

Evan you will be missed I will always be a fan of yours you did alot for the sport RIP.


Rebecca said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:39 PM

R.I.P

Evan I loved each and every fight You were a true man in and out of the octagon You will be missed MMA lost a true worrior, sportsman,and a representative of what MMA truely is You will live on in the stories of your great adventures and fights. We'll miss you My prayers go out to your family and friends, This world won't be the same without you


Montreal said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:39 PM

Tribute to an Original

He was a true original. Everything he did was a crazy story. Sadly, so was his demise. He tasted some serious highs and lows in his life and in the end he showed us that we don't need to walk the pre determined paths to have a rich life. This motherfucker took a machete and hacked his own path.

RIP Evan. You won't be forgotten.


Amy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:40 PM

BELIEVE

Rest Peacefully. Like many, I didn't know you personally yet I was devastated this morning when I heard of this tragedy. Thank you for all that you stood for. You and your family and friends will be in my prayers. You will be missed.
Amy


linx said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:41 PM

YOU'RE DA MAN EVAN!

hate to see you go, but you left your mark buddy, you did! RIP!


JP ROY said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:41 PM

WHAT A FIGHTER !

EVAN WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST UFC FIGHTER OF ALL TIME...
HE WOULD HAVE BE A ALL OF FAMER IN THE UFC...

I'M A FAN OF YOU AND YOUR DEAD WAS IN A WARRIOR FASHION...

EVAN THE MMA COMMUNITY WILL NEVER FORGOT YOU
JP (QUÉBEC)


Bob (Scotland) said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:41 PM

Gutted

You were one of the guys that got me into the sport, and although i didn't know you personally i feel absolutely gutted.

RIP Champ, you'll be missed.


TK said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:42 PM

Another journey

You were a poetic drifter who was in inspiration to all, inside the cage and out. It's sad that you have gone but you will live on in many forever.


Terry said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:42 PM

So long Evan...

You will be missed by a lot of people down here! Even if I didn't know you personnaly I just feel in my heart that you were a great person. Thank you for everything Evan.


Josh Bucho said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:43 PM

Even now

Even now reading all these comments left on this page a person can appreciate Evan and the kind of person he was. From fans of day one of his fighting career to people who read about Evan and these tragic events only today are here to show their love and respect. Thank you Evan for the inspiration and motivation you gave us all.

RIP brother!


Dan P. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:44 PM

Evan Almighty!! Not the movie, but could be.

Evan was and always will be an inspirational figure for all to admire. He will be extremely missed. God bless Evan and his family.


Daniel Dishman said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:44 PM

From everyone in the lil country of Virginia we miss you Evan

Evan Tanner is a true warrior of life and so down to earth alwayz giving hope to the average "Joe". Evan is one of the most respected UFC fighter's and personally one of my favorites, It hurts me so bad to know he's gone forever but sometimes GOD has a bigger plan for wonderful people like Mr.Tanner ill miss watchin him and reading his blogs but ill never forget him ever. God bless you evan put in a good word to god for me i hope ill see you again one day. Daniel Dishman 23


Ray Armstrong said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:45 PM

Believe

Last Febuary I called Evan and told him I had a fight coming up... I expected a "Good luck, man" or ""wish I could be there" but I should've known better. Instead Evan says "Come on down and stay a few days, train and get ready". The man was soooo selfless when it came to training and sharing. I will miss him forever, and value who he was even longer.

Believe.


M J P said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:45 PM

O.M.G....

I can't believe you're gone. You were an EXCELLENT fighter. I've ALWAYS enjoyed your fights, and thought you were cheated on several occasions. I hope you found your joy in you exploring, and that you didn't suffer at the end. GOD BLESS YOU, EVAN. YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.


Adam Guillen said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:46 PM

Find what you were looking for

Evan Tanner was a true warrior in and out of the Octagon. you will be missed. I had the pleasure to meet him and take a picture with him at UFC 84. Evan, may you rest in peace, and i hope you found what it was you were looking for, either in this life or the next.


Mike Smith [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:47 PM

Believe in the power of one!

RIP Evan Tanner. You were an icon in MMA and someone I always enjoyed watching in the octagon. You are missed greatly.


Jim Wilson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:48 PM

Old Friend

Though I only knew you briefly, you were a fun roommate and a solid human being...I wished I could have had a chance to visit w/ you again but, good luck in your next journey.
RIP


The Irish Assassin [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:51 PM

Farewell Kind Warrior

It was an honor meeting you and I'm sorry we never got a chance to go fishin' and share some insight. I'll live my life to the fullest in your absence. Keep on ridin' that road to glory...you're never alone and neither are we. Until we meet again brother. The Irish Assassin


Bryan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:51 PM

RIP

The first comment I would like to make is remove the peoples links in the main blog post. This is about remembering Evan not advertising their sites.

I'll always remember Evan as part of this sport. I've been into MMA for a long time and he was always one of my favorite fighters. I always hoped he would come out on top of his struggles. At least he died doing something he loved doing.


garth said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:51 PM

fight on

i'm glad i knew of evan, even if i never met him.
fight on everyone


Alex Cuevas said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:52 PM

Thanks for the awesome memories in MMA.

Evan Tanner was a great warrior in and out the cage. His can do attitude was inspiring to me and several others. You will be missed buddy. Thanks for everything.


Ryan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:53 PM

RIP

I will always remember Evan Tanner for being one of the fighters to get me interested in mma. He will always be remembered as one of the best.


Peter Phua said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:53 PM

R.I.P. tanner

You story was of great inspiration to me, especially in your moment of defeat, after you lost to Okami, you refused to drink again. Rest in peace evan, you died having defeated your demons.


Kelvin said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:54 PM

RIP

I will miss you a lot. You were very inspirational person to me and to many others. Thanks for the great fights and stories.

REST IN PEACE


Robert Sanchez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:55 PM

An Inspiration

Vaya Con Dios, See you when we get there.


Chuck said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:55 PM

Chuck

I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment, could cost me my life," he wrote on his journal for Spike TV.

I guess he was right


Jayson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:56 PM

Godspeed Evan

I met Evan briefly in Portland and got a chance to talk to him. He tells it otherwise at times but I see him as a great man with a good heart, even given some of the paths his life has taken him on. I had originally offered to give what help I could to bring about his dream of the fight house. That unfortunately fell through.

Rest in peace Evan, you will be missed but never forgotten.


Erik Leonard said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:57 PM

You are a legend....


I have never posted here ever. Been a lurker forever, but I will say this…

This deeply affected me, and made me cry like a little girl. I loved/respected Evan Tanner so much…..this sucks beyond belief.


Joe Herits said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:57 PM

.

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" -Emerson

Go With God


Paul said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:57 PM

RIP Evan

Wow!! Thanks for the memories Evan, you are a warrior and will always be remembered. God bless.


Chris L. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:57 PM

RIP BRO

Evan, you were a great inspiration to many. Your words helped me through some tough times. I will remember your spirit forever. You are a true warrior. RIP-EVAN


Justin"TheVanilla Gorilla"Blouvet said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:00 PM

owner/fighter/trainer

It is truely a sad day in mixed martial arts and for fighters such as myself,to whom Evan was such an inspiration.When i wanted to become a fighter no one believed in me. but learning about Evan and how he saw mma and trained himself to be a fighter pushed me to buckle down and go for my dream no matter how far it may be to achieve Evan i respect you and love how you did your part to help the world you will be sadly missed and will remain a part of my heart everytime i strap my gloves on and step into the cage win lose or draw it will be dedicated to you. you were a true PEOPLE'S CHAMPand we will never forgetyou.

Sincerely
Justin Blouvet
Smokey Mountain Fight Club
Sevierville,Tn


craig hysell [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:00 PM

craig hysell

I never met you. Yet you inspired me more than most people I personally know. I appreciate the honesty with which you lived. Inside and outside of the cage.

Thank you, brother. You will be missed. Peace.


NUNYA said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:01 PM

R.I.P

I wonder how his so called "friends" that surrounded him didn't see this coming!?!?!? I mean, c'mon!!!... He obviously was troubled, but yet his "friends" couldn't seek help for him!?!?!? I'm sorry... I'm just so pissed and sad right now. R.I.P Evan Tanner...


Lei Anne Perez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:01 PM

This is for you bud!!

First off my heart goes out to all of his family and friends and fans...

Evan you were always the crazy one out of us!! but we loved you anyways..We will always have our memories of highschool and your UFC..w/ us forever more... I will never forget the lectures and opinions of you one of my best bud's ever... You meant so much to so many ppl. I'm glad to have shared a lot of my life w/ you!! It was always you and me til the end...And we will meet again my friend!!! love ya bud!!! R.I.P.


Ramon C. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:03 PM

RIP Champ

You'll be missed. God Bless Champ...
RIP Evan


Son of Ra [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:03 PM

New worlds to explore

Enjoy your new adventures Evan. We will miss you here.


troy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:03 PM

gone too soon

A great fighter, a great example of a human being, and an inspiration.

you will certainly be missed Evan.


Jim R aka Tattoofu said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:03 PM

Thank you, goodbye, Godspeed

Evan, we never met, but you wanderlust, adventurous spirit, and brutal honesty will always be a source of inspiration. You are the Champ in my heart. Here's to your new adventure.


Nathan Cerruti said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:04 PM

A Fan

Evan,

Wherever you may roam, you shall be free. Warrior spirits like you embodied all the aspirations, dreams, and strengths some of us could only wish for. You are in GOD's kingdom, be well.


Jon Fletcher said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:05 PM

RIP Evan Tanner

RIP Evan Tanner, thanks for all you gave to what is the fastest growing sport in the world - the UFC.

Your a true legend.


Jason King said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:06 PM

Thanks Evan...

You were an amazing person. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me and letting all of us in on your daily struggles. We are all better people because of you. God bless.


Jason King


Chris A said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:06 PM

Thank you

Not only were you a great fighter, but were you also a great human being. Thank you for always being yourself, and inspiring everyone around you.

Rest in peace, Evan. You will be missed.




Rob H. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:07 PM

Truly an inspiration...

Evan Tanner has shown that it is possible to turn your greatest faults into your greatest successes. Hopefully more people will take notice of the demons this man had faced and of the strength he showed in defeating them. R.I.P Evan Tanner...


Erik Wahl [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:09 PM

Rest in Peace Brother....

Evan you will be truly missed, you were a stand up kinda guy...I will miss the times you used to roll into Brewskes on Durango and Twain. Much Love!


Blair Wilson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:11 PM

Rest in Peace Evan

I am totally shocked by the sudden and tragic death of Evan Tanner. He was a very good fighter, he knew his stuff. He is going to be sorely missed by all of his family and extended families in Amarillo Texas. As a fellow Caprock Longhorn, where he graduated from in 1989, and I graduated from the same school 12 years later, Evan was a true Longhorn, and all of us in Longhorn Country will miss him terribly. To Evan's family, we love you and we are so terribly sorry for your loss, please let us know if we can do anything to help, we are here for you in your time of need.


Scott [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:11 PM

ScottMo

To Evans Family, be proud of a proud man. Thanks for the example to us who BELIEVE in the POWER of ONE!


alive mma said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:12 PM

A hero to all in the mma world

never will ther be a better person, you were a great inspiration to all in the fighting world. the way you handled the battles in your life give us all hope that we can do the same. you are a hero to all of us in the mma world. and you will be missed....


Derick L. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:12 PM

Thanks for being a pioneer

My heart goes out to his family and friends. Evan had an incredible journey in MMA, and an even greater impact to its fans. R.I.P


Sean Merlonghi said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:12 PM

I thank Evan

Evan was a great fighter and a great person. He was one of the most honest and humble fighter to ever step foot in the ring. Wether he won or lost, he was always on the upside and just loving life. Ill miss Evan greatly and I hope everyone can realize just how special Evan's gift was.


Edward Lee said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:13 PM

MMA FAN

You have left an indelible mark on the sport of MMA as well as on society in general. Thank you for your insights and brutal honesty but most of all thanks for the many great fight memories....a true warrior. You will be missed. I pray that God be with your loved ones during this difficult time.


BRAD [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:14 PM

GOD just got his sparring partner

Dude, Evan, you will be truly missed.. I myslef am 29 y/o and have battled the of the same exact demons that you faced, and i still do to this day. It was some of your periodic ramblings that really helped me through some of my darkest times.. I trully look up to you and i still will even after your passing. Your life has meant so much to ppl Evan.. this is such a tragedy, God have mercy on this soul


AndrewS said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:14 PM

Rest in Peace

Rest in peace sir, you'll always be one of my favorite fighters I've ever watched.


Brendan Lewis said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:14 PM

Never Gone

Thank you for being an insparation to me, not only for what you did in the cage but for how you were outside in the world. Truley a great great man and a world class fighter.....
Evan Tanner R.I.P my friend


R.Ness said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:15 PM

THE MAN THE MYTH THE LEGEND EVAN TANNER

will be missed he was my favorite fighter! he was the first ufc fighter i ever seen and he won bein that i'm a black when he wore the corn rows i called it he's gonna win this fight! i knew from then he was a great fighter with alot of culture and heart he will b greatly missed and he will always have a huge part in my heart


Ryan Hannon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:16 PM

....

R.I.P. Brother


Juan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:16 PM

Hmmm...

You should of bought a Camel and packed some more water dumbass.


Ramesh " Rummy " Arya [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:16 PM

We miss you Even Tanner. You were the best fighter !

Thanks for great fights and great memories, you'll be missed
WE LOVE YOU!


Jake said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:17 PM

R.I.P

R.I.P champ


Tom said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:17 PM

R.I.P

I've had the privilege of being at 2 cards where Evan was competing. A true warrior in every sense of the word.


William said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:17 PM

Forever In Our Hearts!

Were gonna miss you Evan. You leave this world but you will never leave our hearts. God bless you. RIP buddy. It was an honor watching you win your comeback fight at the Honda Center. EVAN TANNER FOREVER!!!!


Steven Essani [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:18 PM

rip evan, you were a true warrior's spirit in the cage . . .

all my best to your family, friends and fans.

steven essani, actor
chicago


AJS said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:19 PM

SUCH A AWESOME AND FREE SPIRIT GUY, RIP

YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A AWESOME FIGHTER, A CHAMP, AND A JOURNY MAN THAT LIVED FREE. THAT IS SOMETHING ALOT OF PEOPLE CANT DO. YOU ARE SUCH A GREAT GUY TO LOOK UP TO. WE WILL ALL MISS YOU. RIP CHAMP


Dylan Yuhas said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:20 PM

Heart & Spirit

He was a great Fighter. You dont have to have a great record as a fighter to be great. I respect his heart and respect he showed other fighters. He never gave in or gave up. I will truly miss watching you in the cage. May you rest in peace.


Spencer Karnovski said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:20 PM

Very sad..

RIP Evan - you was a true warrior, a true free spirit. You now walk the long road that we all will someday, it's just a shame you had to walk it so soon - hope you reach a place of comfort and rest in peace.
Deep condolences to your family, and your friends.


Ross said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:23 PM

Shocked and Saddened

I was shocked to here of this sad news. thoughts go out to his family and friends. MMA has lost a good warrior. R.I.P Evan Tanner

Ross-Scotland


Owen said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:23 PM

True Champ

Dude you were the whole reason I started to watch UFC!! You'll always be the Middleweight Champion in my eyes. Take care brother.


Stephanie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:25 PM

Evan Tanner

i love u evan i just bought a believe t shirt...cant wait to wear it...u loved adventures and now ur on another one...i hope ur adventure in heaven is great


brian bemis [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:26 PM

A Person Of Life

Evan had his demons with things just like most of us. He had a strong passion for whatever he decided to do. Whether fighting, drinking or being with friends. He lived a life of ups and downs, but threw it all was still a man of passion and drive. He is a face we will truly miss in the MMA world. Let us all remember to keep in touch with our loved ones and support are closest friends. Rest in peace buddy and may God bless your family in their time of sorrow.


J Rearick said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:26 PM

True Inspiration...

your fight with alcoholism helped me to overcome the disease myself. You put yourself out there, and helped alot of people.

You lived a life 99.9% of us want to, but don't.

You'll be missed...

J.


Trevor J said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:26 PM

R.I.P. Evan

I was lucky enough to meet Evan at UFC 84 in Las Vegas at an autograph signing. What a nice guy. He made it a point to meet all the fans while other guys never had the time. This is a true tragedy. He will be sadly missed.


smokedan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:27 PM

p.i.p

hi evan your a great man that made his dreams come true, your determination and spirit as a single man is unbelievable, im sure u are on to bigger and better things now r.i.p


Clint Notestine [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:28 PM

Hero

I'll never forget you man. You were an inspiration to so many people. Rest in Peace.


Tyrus [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:28 PM

TTT Evan. TTT

Ian. You've done a really good thing with this. Kudos bro. Evan will be remembered well.


Tyler Hood [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:29 PM

In Memory of Evan, and what I personally will take from his life...

Simply put, there are so many positive words to express the kind of human being Evan Tanner will remain even in parting. He lived life his way. Even though he died young, he died living. Something I can only hope to achieve. Thank you Evan for inspiring so many lives, and just for being you.


jorge said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:31 PM

champ

very sad day...you'll be missed greatly.


Jordan Sugerman said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:33 PM

Thank you Evan

From the day Miles introduced me to you my life had instantly changed. I had no idea the impact our day to day conversations would have on me. You would without hesitation talk to Miles and I about anything we asked you and gaves us different angles to view things.You always talked to me about my training and how i was doing with it. I have learned more about life in the time I knew you then i could have ever imagined. You truely taught me with out realizing it the value of life and the power each person has within themselves. Your a great inspiration to me and i will always live my life by that word BELIEVE thank you for everything Evan Rest in peace.


GD said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:33 PM

True Inspiration

I was saddened to hear this last night, as Evan was inspiring to me in certain ways. His way of living life void of materialism and always exuding the truth, made me a true fan. Evan died doing what he loved, and I wouldn't imagine him going out any other way. R.I.P.


MMA Blogger said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:34 PM

FOX News Video

Mike Straka at FOX News posted this:

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Lemon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:36 PM

The Circle

You lived on your terms. Not many do. You inspired many and you will be missed. See you in the next life.


Kimberly Morgan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:37 PM

I'm so sad

I hope they have lots of everything you love in heaven.


Kenneth Ross said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:37 PM

Inspiration

RIP Evan - It's fighters like you that inspire me to be even half of what you are. I've looked up to guys like you all my life, and i always will. You've been one of biggest inspirations in my life, and I'll never forget the great things that you've accomplished. It's a dream of mine to get to the great places that you've been, and you'll be on my mind when I finally do.


Will said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:37 PM

Poet Warrior

Good bye my friend who I never met but always admired. I've never been so upset over the death of someone I was not close to but you embodied what it is to be a human and a man. Whatever happens to us when we die I hope it happens the best to you. You weren't the greatest figher ever, but you were a true champion in body and spirit until the day you left us. Goodbye Evan. I hope you found the peace you always searched for. Believe.


Will said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:37 PM

Poet Warrior

Good bye my friend who I never met but always admired. I've never been so upset over the death of someone I was not close to but you embodied what it is to be a human and a man. Whatever happens to us when we die I hope it happens the best to you. You weren't the greatest figher ever, but you were a true champion in body and spirit until the day you left us. Goodbye Evan. I hope you found the peace you always searched for. Believe.


Angelo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:37 PM

In Disbelief

It seems so surreal to say that Evan Tanner is gone from this earth. It seems like he was robbed of time. I never thought of Evan as anything other than a normal guy, I guess that what makes the news so hard to take. Evan was so humble and down to earth, the kind of guy that makes an impact in your world without you realizing it. Once a champion always a champion, Evan Tanner was more than that. Thank you for everything you will never know you did for family, friends and fans. You will be missed more than words can say!


Glen73 said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:39 PM

Inspirational Free Spirit

Your free spirited attitude inspired me (and many others, of that there is no doubt). You have made your mark on this world Evan, and will be remembered fondly by many. RIP.


MikeM said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:39 PM

God Speed Evan

Evan, like most I didn't know you personally but you were always such an interesting character so full of class. You lived more and experienced more than most of us ever will. I hope you found that little bit of inner peace you had been searching for. You'll be missed.

To Evan's family and friends, know that Evan was an inspiration to many people and will continue to be in the future. Thank you for sharing him with us!

Heaven just became a bit tougher!

God speed Evan.


LeRoy Neal said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:40 PM

Great stuff

Evan was generous enough to share his time with me when he lived in Oregon, Evan was talking of setting up a gym on 82nd, I video taped his trainings as he wanted to create a video of his work up to the Championship run, as he called it.

He has now found his hidden treasures and all of the mysteries are now solved, solitude has been achieved.

I and my family will greatly miss you.


La Belle Dame [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:43 PM

truly sad to know you're gone

I never met Evan in person, but I was fortunate enough to see him fight in A.C. years ago in the only live UFC event I've ever attended. A few years later I discovered we shared a mutual friend. Through MySpace we had some lengthy personal conversations, and I always enjoyed reading his blogs as well.
Whether he was happy or heartbroken, he was real, along with being a humble, kind, and intelligent man. Everyone has issues and he wasn't too good to share them with us. I appreciated the fact that he was so genuine and took the time out to share and communicate with me.
Once, when my heart was hurting bad, I had the song "Goodbye My Lover" on my profile. He had said he liked the song as well, and I knew he understood the emotion and the pain I felt at the time. Even “heroes” have down times and that was comforting to know.
Along with the down times though, I also remember when he was up and taking kids in to mentor & train them. His blogs full of pictures of road trips and other things were always a pleasure to read.
The 1st message I got this morning was the news of his passing, and though I never got to meet him in person, I am deeply saddened to know that the world has lost a good human being. It’s even sadder to know that things were going good for him and now we won’t know what wonderful things could have come from this great man.
Mr. Dawe said it best, "Evan meant a lot of things to a lot of people. To some he was a drifter, a poet, a warrior. To others he was a world champion and source of inspiration." I saw him as all of these things.
Yes, he was a fighter, but I will always remember him simply as a human being who lived life with ups and downs just like the rest of us.
He will be missed. May God bless his soul, and may he have finally found peace.


MrAngry said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:44 PM

EVAN TANNER

A PROPER warrior.
A LEGEND.
The definition of an Ultimate fighter.
What a tragic shame.

RIP


RC True said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:46 PM

Thanks for the inspiration man

God must have needed a fierce warrior to train his angels.


Thanks for inspiring me in and out of the cage. I hope one day I can live as free as you did.


Miles Lachance said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:49 PM

went fishing

I remember the day I met Evan. He was very down to earth I remember sharing our stories to eachother and how much he loves adventures. Little did I know he would become a big part of my family. I can remember every memory we had togther whether it was eating at chillis with jordan, going shark fishing, or just spending those days sitting with you talking about life and different views you had on it. Evan you were like an uncle to me and i love you for that. You will always be in my heart. As you once told me "believe in yourself and you can do anything".


jason said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:54 PM

rip evan

evan you were an inspiration to me. you wer like my hero. not just for the thing that you accomplished but for the pains and struggles that you have over came. you were a good man that shared his knowledge and advice with as many people as you could. you truly were an amazing person. you were a role model for all and the true definition of a man. you lived every day as your last and it is sad to say that might have been your downfall. god cless and i will see you in heaven rip evan tanner


jason said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:54 PM

rip evan

evan you were an inspiration to me. you wer like my hero. not just for the thing that you accomplished but for the pains and struggles that you have over came. you were a good man that shared his knowledge and advice with as many people as you could. you truly were an amazing person. you were a role model for all and the true definition of a man. you lived every day as your last and it is sad to say that might have been your downfall. god cless and i will see you in heaven rip evan tanner


jason said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:54 PM

rip evan

evan you were an inspiration to me. you wer like my hero. not just for the thing that you accomplished but for the pains and struggles that you have over came. you were a good man that shared his knowledge and advice with as many people as you could. you truly were an amazing person. you were a role model for all and the true definition of a man. you lived every day as your last and it is sad to say that might have been your downfall. god cless and i will see you in heaven rip evan tanner


Tim said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:54 PM

Ride in the Sky

You probably lived on both sides for a while but you will be missed here. Enjoy your ride in the sky! Ride In Peace


Freddie P. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:58 PM

May you rest in peace and eternal happiness!

After hearing this news i thought for a second, "Wow, we just lost a true representation of a warrior, poet and inspirational person". I'm an avid MMA fan and i've always noticed Evan's humble outlook on life in and out of the cage. My prayers got out to his family and friends closest to him as i know to well how it is when a special person leaves us! May God allow him to continue his journey to everlasting peace within.


Stephanie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:00 PM

My prayers go out to Tanner as well as Family and Friends!

May god bless Mr.Tanner as well as his family and friends. I met him once and he was one of the most nicest mma fighters I have met, and I've met a ton. I just would like to thank God for letting him in my life and giving me the opportunity to meet such a wonderful person! May him rest with god forever. Your all in our prayers!


Fabian Perrotta said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:03 PM

Man to most, hero to me

God, is it sad to be sittin here cryin over the loss of a Man you never met in your entire life, and yet you've felt so close.
Thanks for everything Evan, words cant describe how much you'll be missed.


Dave said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:03 PM

a great warrior grieved for

when i heard the news this morning i was breathless your fighting spirit will forevber inspire the next warriors to come R.I.P. Evan


Dave said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:03 PM

a great warrior grieved for

when i heard the news this morning i was breathless your fighting spirit will forevber inspire the next warriors to come R.I.P. Evan


James Phillips said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:03 PM

Thoughts are with you

A MMA legend and a great man indeed, a true loss to the sport and all who loved him.

R.I.P


Danny Gordon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:04 PM

Once In A Lifetime

It is never easy to hear someone has died. In this case it is extremely saddening as Evan Tanner was a very inspirational figure to me. It is easier to hear that someone died the way they lived than to hear about a car accident or an overdose, but it is still never easy none the less. Evan Tanner showed that a man was never just one thing, not just a poet, not just a fighter, not just man. A jack of all trades and an ace of none is what I sometimes like to refer to myself, if that is the case than he was an Ace of most trades and and Jack to none.Sufficed to say, he took his last corporeal journey this week in search of a more spiritual one, it sucks big time, but he was a philosopher for our times and as spiritual as they get, so who knows what happens next.


Rest Well, Evan Tanner, if that is what you intend to do,
if not, good luck with whats next.


CageFightingKip said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:05 PM

THE CHAMP

Evan Tanner true American Samurai who embodied the warrior spirit!!!

RIP champ...


Adam said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:05 PM

R.I.P. Evan

Rest in piece Evan, you were a true champion and will never be forgotten. I will always be a fan of you.


James said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:08 PM

R.I.P Evan Tanner

R.I.P evan, you were a pioneer for MMA.
I admire you for living your life to the fullest.
May god bless you.
You will never be forgotten


Ben - Canada said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:09 PM

True Warrior

On bended knee is no way to be free
lifting up an empty cup I ask silently
that all my destinations will accept the one that's me
so I can breath

Leave it to me as I find a way to be
consider me a satelite for ever orbiting
I knew all the rules but the rules did not know me
guaranteed...
- Eddie Vedder


...few walk the path of a true adventurer with warrior spirit – thank you for inspiring ‘BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF ONE’ and the journey is never over.


joe ciezak said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:11 PM

A hero

Thankyou for everything you have done. To your family and friends life will never be the same. To the fans, UFC will never be the same.


Brian M. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:11 PM

Thanks for fighting your heart out

Thanks for fighting your heart out for us. you will be greatly missed. you truly showed the heart of a true warrior. THANKS.


lisa [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:13 PM

Blessed be

The world will miss the humanity and grace you brought to the sport. May this be just the beginning of your journey.


Bob said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:13 PM

From Another Aquarian

As an Aquarian like Evan Tanner, I know our great need for Adventure can lead us to the best things in life but also sometimes to danger. But we all know your Free Aquarian spirit lives on in Love, Freedom and Happiness forever. RIP brother. We love you.


Brad said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:15 PM

Evan Tanner

I didn't know Evan personally, he was my favorite fighter and one of my favorite personalities. You will be missed by more than just fans of the sport but fans of his persona and spirit. He was truly a great spirit and a giving spirit. I hope his next journey finds him happiness and joy for this journey he is on is one we will all take. God Speed


Luke Helle said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:15 PM

** This poem reminds me of Evan.

Do you fear the force of the wind, The slash of the rain? Go face them and fight them, Be savage again. Go hungry and cold like the wolf, Go wade like the crane: The palms of your hands will thicken, the skin of your cheek will tan, You'll grow ragged and weary and swarthy, But you'll walk like man! - Hamlin Garland


DBG [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:17 PM

Psalms 25 1-25

We'll miss you evan,I'll miss talking to u and reading your posts.You had many friends,we'll miss you forever


Carcass from MMA-France. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:18 PM

Repose en paix Evan. RIP.

Tu nous a fais rêver,tu nous mettais sur des nuages en combattant,mais maintenant c'est de ces nuages que tu nous regardes.

Repose en paix.

Ps:de tout coeur avec sa famille.

Carcass(France).


Jason Craft [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:22 PM

RIP Evan

I remember watching UFC in the early 90's, and I can recall the first time I saw Evan Tanner. I was instantly a fan. He just seemed like an underdog all of the time. But, Evan Tanner was a great fighter, and from what I've read one hell of a person. Rest in peace Evan, and also I'll be praying for his family and friends.


Chris Collins said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:22 PM

Thanks

Not very often in this world, do we have the chance to meet the type of person Evan Tanner appeared to be. I, for one, never had the pleasure of meeting him. Granted, he was a warrior in the octagon and in the fight game, but he appeared to be so much more than that as well.
I have been thinking about him often since hearing about his death, and what I would have given to meet him. I have read a few of his blogs, and I really feel like he was born with the ability to make a difference in our world, more so than most of us. If I had to some it up in a couple words, even though it can't be, I would say "He lived and he cared." He battled addictions and took the road less traveled, and he never gave up. He kept searching. He will be greatly missed. Evan Tanner, you are in my prayers, now and forever.


Mike said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:23 PM

Have you?

Have you ever seen wild horses run free, and disappear into the night?
That's how it feels today, with you gone from our lives.
Have you ever seen the waves rush the beach and melt when it touches the sand?
Thats how it feels tomorrow with the world missing an amazing man.

and if from now on we find our way is gone,
we know where you will be.
and if emptiness and stars surround us and we find we are lost,
let me ask myself....Have you ever believed?


AJ said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:24 PM

RIP

RIP Evan, you were one of my favourites from the beginning.

This was just shocking and terrible news, I send my condolences to all his family and friends.


Becky said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:26 PM

RIP MR. CHS 1989 Evan Tanner

You were an inspiration to many!!! You will be missed!!! CHS class of 1989


Thomas Congdon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:28 PM

True Warrior

Evan was a great man achieving great things in his shortened life that many will never achieve in theirs. He had the heart (not to mention the chin!!!) of a true warrior.

My thoughts go out to Evan's family and friends at this difficult time.

You will live in our hearts forever,
Thank you Evan.


Noah said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:29 PM

RIP you might warrior

Evan,

I hope these words find you some how. You were an awesome person in and out of the ring. I hope that any one of us may some day be able to live a life as full as yours. You are a true inspiration on how to LIVE, experiencing all. God Bless You.


Gavin said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:29 PM

So sad

RIP Evan, such as sad loss.


M. LOPEZ said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:29 PM

Evan was one of a kind

He never talked trash in the ring and always smiled. He loved every minute he lived, he will be missed.


Mark McCafferty said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:31 PM

Humble warrior

Loved watching him crush Maroni's ribs w/ his knees. I wish his family peace...great people leave soon.


Crooklyn [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:31 PM

Evan & Me


I knew Evan for a little over 3 years. We started out as Myspace buddies, as I'm sure many people did. During his darkest times, he and I would write back and forth, and over the course of many months, actually established a friendship.

In mid 2006, a very close friend of mine was diagnosed with leukemia, and was in need of a blood/marrow donor. Her blood type was very rare, and blood and tissue matches for a Filipino girl with her blood type were not easily found. I was releasing bulletins almost hourly on Myspace, calling in favors to friends at hospitals, etc. in hopes of helping her. Evan saw one of my bulletins and asked if he could help. Over the course of the next several weeks, he blogged for my friend, and several possible donors answered the call. She ended up later having a relative who was a match, but the point here is that Evan managed to find 8 people, that actually went through testing to become a donor for this girl. It wasn't even a second thought for him to help.

Evan and I remained fairly close, through e-mail and phone. Early last year, when I was diagnosed with a serious illness of my own, he was very supportive, and sometimes made more of a difference in my down days then he could have realized. When he finally came back to the UFC, Evan, notoriously publicity shy, allowed my tiny little show to have his very first interview back. He stayed on with us for about 40 minutes, and although a bit shy at first, he opened up and had alot of fun with us. We were very starstruck at the time, especially since he decided to allow us his first interview back.

My story isn't as poignant as GB's, but it is a way for me to share with people what a great guy Evan was. Selfless. He gave away, far more than he kept. GB and I spoke today, and he talked me into putting this out there for you guys. Evan touched so many lives, and I am so grateful to have known him, on any level. RIP, my friend. You will be missed.


http://www.cagesidelive.tv/media/65/CageSide_Live__12-6-07/


*During the interview, he talked about helping my friend, giving away almost everything he owned to Goodwill, and was watching Aspen Extreme on his laptop. I even gave him my secret pirate sites for watching movies on line.*



James Griffiths [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:32 PM

RIP noble warrior

I never had the chance to meet you but I always admired your courage and willingness to confront your own demons and live life in the direction that your spirit took you. The integrity you displayed in helping others less fortunate than yourself spoke volumes about the strength of your character.

I still can't believe this news is true. I keep wishing it wasn't.
And, although words are never enough at times like this I send my condolences to your family and friends and Evan, wherever you are I hope you've found peace.



Ken Avery said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:32 PM

NHMMAFIGHTER

I'm at a loss right now. I will miss reading your posts and seeing you fight...What I will miss most was seeing you rise to the top once again. You will be dearly missed Evan. RIP my friend.


Pasto Family said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:33 PM

Champ

My family and I will miss you.
The world of MMA has lost a great champion today!
Evan, your spirit will live on in the hearts of your family, friend, and fans. Thank you for all the good times.


Vinnie [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:34 PM

MAY YOU WALK TOWARDS THE BRIGHT SUN.

INSPIRATION IS THE BEST WORD TO DESCRIBE EVAN TANNER. TO TEACH HIS SELF ARMBARS AND SUBMISSIONS FROM LEARNING TAPES AND DVD'S. WOW,AND TO OBTAIN THE MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE AMONGST THAT,WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT! ON THE ROAD BACK TO VICTORY AND TO LOSE A FIGHT WITH THE OUTDOORS,IN WHICH HE LOVED,A TREMENDOUS LOSS. EVERYBODY HAS THERE FAVORITE FIGHTERS,BUT TO ME EVAN TANNER WAS MY KIND OF GUY! INSPIRATION FROM DAMN LEARNING VIDEOS AND TO CONQUER THE UFC WITH THE TITLE! THE GUY WHO BATTLED AND WON WHEN NEEDED BUT LOST TO A BATTLE IN TRAINING THAT HE LOVED,"THE OUTDOORS". HE WAS JUST A PRIME EXAMPLE OF A REAL HUMAN IN MY WORLD. NOT THE HOLLYWOOD TYPE WHERE EVERYTHING SEEMS LIKE THE MOVIES. HE HAD PROBLEMS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE INCUDING OVER COMING ALCOHOLISM AND USE HIMSELF AS WELL AS THE UFC AS THE DETERRENT! WE ALL NEED TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE EVAN TANNER FANCLUB AND/OR FOUNDATION. THAT GUY PUT A TREMENDOUS HEART WARMING FEELING ON AND FOR THE UFC AND THE FANS AND FAMILY! TO NEVER TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT OFF ANOTHER FIGHTER,BUT TO STAY OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM TO LIVE HIS LIFE HUMBLE AND GRATEFUL FOR WHERE HE WAS AND WHAT HE HAD THAT GOD PUT IN FRONT OF HIM.
"MAY YOU WALK THE LONG PATHS THAT GOD PAVED FOR US AND HOLD HANDS WITH ETERNITY"
R.I.P--EVAN TANNER (GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN)


Nick woodgate said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:34 PM

Sleep easy Evan

You were a tiger in the ring, and you entertained me greatly. The world is a sadder place without you.


Ruben Lee said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:35 PM

True Hero.....R.I.P.

Thank you so much for inspiring me along with so many others to Belive and Follow are dreams, may you rest in peace and your spirit continue to Inspire


wsdi [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:35 PM

I was a fan

I was a fan of you first, and a fan of your fighting second. A lot of us here were.

RIP


SPC. Seth Gravert U.S.Army Iraq said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:37 PM

Lost

About a year ago I sent Evan and email asking question about life. I was about to be a new father and was headed to Iraq. I really didnt think he had the time to answer. The first response he sent was a book. The man had wisdom for everything. He and I emailed back and fourth for two weeks. I looked back toady at what he sent me and can still pull from his truths. I was looking foward to coming home early next year and making the trip out west to thank him. The best I can do is live on and cary him with me in all my actions.


vinnie, hampton bays, ny said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:37 PM

My Favorite Fighter

Evan,

You have and always will be my favorite fighter. You will be missed by many. You have been an inspiration to me.

Rest in Peace


Kyle Arntz said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:38 PM

One of my favorites

You were an amazing fighter and person, you will be missed.
RIP


ronnie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:38 PM

may you rest with god! you will be missed but we love you man!

you was the guy that show you can do anything on february 5,2005 you show us that.when you became ufc middleweight champ! always a ture warrior rip evan tanner.


ASC said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:38 PM

RIP

One of the great warriors of MMA and one of the reasons I started and have continued watching the UFC.

RIP mate


Dong Dong [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:40 PM

Rofl

Rofl, get raped idiot


Andrew said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:41 PM

R.I.P.

You were one in a million Evan. There will never be another fighter like you, ever. You will be sorely missed by all of your fans, and I hope you're in a better place.




Jordan Brewer said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:43 PM

Rest In Peace Champ

Evan,

You will forever be in our hearts and in our minds as a true warrior and a pioneer in this sport that binds us. Your were a unique and free spirit that entertained and inspired a million souls. May God bless and keep you, brother! Thanks for challenging us all to BELIEVE.

Jordan


joseph said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:43 PM

Shine on

rest in peace, my friend. i never met you but i feel like you and i are so similar. you found beauty and amazement in the most simple, natural things in life. a dolphin breaking the wave, a midnight sky in the desert. you are free now.


Rudy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:43 PM

Wind in Your Hair, Your Part of Everywhere

Evan, you will be missed by the ones you inspired. You are now immortal since your continue to live through your written words, inspirations, and in the hearts of all your fans.

I know you loved this song and I think it defined you: An outdoors man, a philosopher, a fighter, an amazing human being, and most importantly, a rare soul.

To all, here is "Guaranteed" by Eddie Vedder (one of Evan's favorites):

On bended knee is no way to be free
Lifting up an empty cup, I ask silently
All my destinations will accept the one that's me
So I can breathe...

Circles they grow and they swallow people whole
Half their lives they say goodnight to wives they'll never know
A mind full of questions, and a teacher in my soul
And so it goes...

Don't come closer or I'll have to go
Holding me like gravity are places that pull
If ever there was someone to keep me at home
It would be you...

Everyone I come across, in cages they bought
They think of me and my wandering, but I'm never what they thought
I've got my indignation, but I'm pure in all my thoughts
I'm alive...

Wind in my hair, I feel part of everywhere
Underneath my being is a road that disappeared
Late at night I hear the trees, they're singing with the dead
Overhead...

Leave it to me as I find a way to be
Consider me a satellite, forever orbiting
I knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me
Guaranteed


Chris Howie [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:47 PM

We you be missed Evan

Evan, you were one hell of a fighter and one hell of an exceptional human being. I hope where ever you are you know that you will be truly missed.

I've talked to Evan a few times for interviews and such and he was always an open, pull no punches guy. He lived life to it's fullest and under nobodies rules but his own. Despite the demons that sometimes haunted him, he found his way past those and always ended up on top.

If more people were like you Mr. Tanner, the world just may be a better place.

See you someday Evan

Howie



Steven Patterson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:51 PM

Evan Tanner - Born To Eternity - 9/8/2008

There is a Tom Waits Song....

Mule Variations - Come On Up To The House

Well the moon is broken
And the sky is cracked
Come on up to the house
The only things that you can see
Is all that you lack
Come on up to the house

All your cryin don't do no good
Come on up to the house
Come down off the cross
We can use the wood
Come on up to the house

Come on up to the house
Come on up to the house
The world is not my home
I'm just a passin thru
Come on up to the house

There's no light in the tunnel
No irons in the fire
Come on up to the house
And your singin lead soprano
In a junkman's choir
You gotta come on up to the house

Does life seem nasty, brutish and short
Come on up to the house
The seas are stormy
And you can't find no port
Come on up to the house
There's nothin in the world

(Chorus)
there's nothin in the world
that you can do
you gotta come on up to the house
and you been whipped by the forces
that are inside you
come on up to the house
well you're high on top
of your mountain of woe
come on up to the house
well you know you should surrender
but you can't let go
you gotta come on up to the house
(Chorus)

The line in third "The world is not my home I am just passing through..."

It makes me think of Evan. He was always on a path of self discovery. He opened himself faults and all to the world. Almost everyone trades honesty for companionship. It was Evan's honesty that made him a companion to us all. What he gave us was honest and real and that is precious.

The world is less for your passing but richer because you passed through and were an inspiration to so many and never meant to be and that is what made you special.

Thank you for everything.

Rest In Peace


Nine Duce said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:53 PM

Dying on your own terms

Even in death, Evan Tanner was an inspiration. He risked his own life for the adventure. Not living by anyone elses standards may have made him a pariah amongst his peers, but I don't think that mattered much to him as long as he felt that he was living life. This made him unique and an inspiration because he accomplished success without financial aid from sponsers and proved that a fighter can fight without selling a piece of their soul. I hope that where ever Evan may be today, that he is still enjoying the thrill of the adventure.


Santiago said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:54 PM

Great memories!

Thnx for being such a down to earth guy with all of your fans here and thnx for that great fight with terrel..one of the best ones ive seen to date!


Jonathan McCormick said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:55 PM

The Good Die Young

Evan was one of the most original people to ever walk into the octagon.He was a man that blazed his own trails and lived life to the fullest.My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this sad time.He will forever be missed and always remembered.


Ed said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:57 PM

Evan

Words don't describe Evan Tanners life or what he did for alot of people. God bless you Evan!!!


Fernando de la Espriella said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:58 PM

RIP Evan

Evan, may you rest in peace and I hope that you are in a better place. I hope that this is an extension of your adventure. We may of ony met once, but talked via E-mail and myspace several times. I considered you a friend and enjoyed your adventures through your pictures and blogs.


I followed your fights since the begining and was inspired by your last octagon apperance against Kendall Grove. You were the epitome on blood and guts.


My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
Take care buddy and enjoy your new journey


Your friend,

Fernando


Cole Roberts said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:59 PM

May God Bless & keep you Evan

God Bless you Evan. You are missed. May you find Peace in Heaven & Happiness on your new journey.


Colin Mc Carthy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:59 PM

Your one of a kind Evan

Many like myself who play life safe Admired your Fearless character and how you stayed true to your passions. I hope you enjoyed the ride.


Erich Wendel [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 04:59 PM

A Farewell to a Long Time Friend

My heart broke last night when I read the news. Evan was such a great warrior in and out of the ring. He meant a lot to many different people in more ways than anyone could ever know. I remember the first time I met Evan before his first MMA fight when I was with the USWF in Amarillo. Felix said "Watch this guy, he's gonna be one of the greats." I was a bit skeptical, sad to say, knowing that his only training was high school wrestling, and self instruction by watching the Gracie Training Videos. Boy was I pleasantly wrong. After that night, I knew he was built for war. After getting to know him closer, though, I realized he was by no means your conventional warrior. Fighting was just something he was good at, which allowed him to touch more people and show what he was REALLY about, helping people and being a cornerman for the "ONE" inside everybody. Before he moved from Amarillo to pursue his MMA career, we had some wild times. I saw Evan at his best and at his worst. All the while, he was a huge inspiration to me, and others. Hell, he may have saved my life one night, tricking me out of my keys at an after-fight party when I was trying to take off in my car to go meet some lady friends after we had finished off the bottle of Mezcal (Tequila-soaked chile pepper and all), he had gotten for his homecoming present after his Pancrase victory, LOL. That was one of many adventures Evan and I shared, but only one grain of sand in the vast desert which was his life and his death. I followed his travels after he left Amarillo, amazed by the little things he could see in the world, things that most just walk right by and take for granted, pictures that most would never take. People said that this desert trip was going to be his biggest opponent yet, but he was always very clear in stating that he was his own biggest opponent, and I believe this was more true than most will ever realize. There is no telling how many other lives he left his footprints in, but now there is only one set of footprints carrying him away to his next adventure. He was the perfect model of seeing good times and bad and persevering through it all to mean something in this world. I thought greatly of him and will miss him immensely. Go in Peace, good friend, you will be missed, but NEVER forgotten.

Your Friend,
BIG E


Brian said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:01 PM

Evan changed my outlook on life..

Evan had a profound effect on the way I look at life and the world. Things opened up for me and I felt a sense of relief after listening to his perspective and outlook on things and applying his philosphy in my own life to a degree.
Sad day for me..


Travis Tanner said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:02 PM

My hero.

Evan. You made me honored to be a Tanner. Thank you.


Steve Morgan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:04 PM

WOW

Hard to believe we will never see you fight MMA again. Although I did not know you personally, you seemed like a great guy, put your hand out top fans and other fighters and cared about the sport of MMA. At the UFC show (Liddell Vs. Horn) you sat in front of my buddy and I. I saw you take pictures, give autographs and interact with fans which made most people's day/night. I was able to meet you, talk to you and get a picture with you. You definately fit the bill of what a true professional MMA fighter is. Keep smiling Evan!!!!!


Wolfenstien [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:04 PM

Damn

I never had an opportunity to meet you, but I liked you and became an instant fan the very first time you fought in the octagon. There was something that drew me to you. I didnt quite know what it was back then, but over time and many many fights later I realized it was your heart. You carried it into the fight with you, and you carried it out with you as well. Yeah, many others fighters have heart, but not like you. You were a one of a kind, and you have been missed, and will continue to be missed.
Much love brother. May the next part of your journey be filled with peace and happiness.


Jackie Martling said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:05 PM

Gas and water was fairly close by

He should have fueled up in Palo Verde, or at the least, Blythe was 10 miles away. Let this be a lesson to everyone, don't mess around with the desert. If you are going there, you need to over-stock on water, and make sure you have fuel, clothing to cover yourself, and sunscreen. GPS or a compass is also a must.


Paula said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:07 PM

My Heart Goes Out to His Family!!

Sounds like he was soul searching too!!! He was more in touch then he knew because he went on a mission to find himself and he found GOD!!!


Chris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:07 PM

Deep and True

Thanks for your insight on what it's like to be a person and a fighter. You are the real deal. Hope to see you one day on the other side.


Team Thunder [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:07 PM

Thank you

Evan was an insperation to me. He showed the true qualities of a champion. he will be missed and always remebered.


Andy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:08 PM

More than just a fighter

all i know about evan tanner comes from the media, be it through stories ive read, interviews ive watched, or fights ive watched, but he has always seemed like a great man.

He was one of my favorite fighters as im sure he was for millions of fans around the world.


Jay said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:08 PM

Sometimes We Forget

We forget about all the things someone has done, in their life and the lives of others.

I always had a respect for this man. He seemed to be all that he showed with out all the bs.

Its not how your life ended but how your life was lived.

God Bless!


Chris Hill said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:09 PM

RIP EVAN...

"be the change you wish to see in the world." amazing quote i know you lived by and so very true. you were a great man and we all hope to see you again some day!


Ian said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:09 PM

RIP Champ!

Thanks for everything you gave in and out of the cage.


kyle said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:09 PM

THANKS FOR ALL THE ENTERTAINING WARS YOU PUT ON

R.I.P. Evan Tanner


dave said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:09 PM

RIP Evan

RIP Evan. You will be missed.


Fred H said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:09 PM

Proud to be an alum.

Rest in Peace Evan. It was truly a blessing to see you wrestle at the Rock with Stovall and Rameriz.

Fred H
Class of 1988


Diana said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:10 PM

~Believe~

~Believe in the power of one~

We need more people like him in this world. People who inspire!

R.I.P


maatt said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:12 PM

Inspired

I didn't know a lot about Evan Tanner, but I loved to watch him fight. He put everything he had into every fight and never gave up. Nobody fights with as much heart.

You are missed



Ted said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:15 PM

God Bless

God bless you and your family. Thank you for being you.


DJones said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:17 PM

Be At Peace

Be at peace brother. The ultimate adventure awaits


Amanda said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:20 PM

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Some men were born to make a change in this world. I truly believe Evan was one of these men. I never got the opportunity to meet Evan. If I had I would have told him what an inspiration he is to not only me but the world. Not only did he talk the talk, but he walked the walk. I've learned, through others stories of Evan, that you could not ask to have asked a better friend. It saddens me greatly to know that so many, myself included, have lost not only a great friend, but a role model you could genuinely look up to and not walk away ashamed of. You faced a hard road,Evan and came out of it a better man. You will be sorely missed.
God take care and bless you!


Tommy Ross [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:22 PM

Definitely an Inspiration....

From the first time I saw Evan fight, I knew he was not your typical MMA Fighter. The way he carried himself, fought, and the presence about him were all something different than most MMA Fighters out there. I haven't followed Evan a great deal in his career, but when I heard of this unfortunate event, I felt the need to pay my respect to him as a man. There should be more guys out there with an attitude like Evan's. His memory and spirit will live on.


Mandie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:24 PM

Mandie

I know many people who personally knew Evan and my heart goes out to them and his family. We shared the same myspace profile song Guranteed by Eddie Vedder and that song is fitting in so many ways as to who Evan was, it was written for him. I hope his heart was full and he will never be forgotten.


Marvin Sanchez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:24 PM

"Fair Winds And Following Seas"

Gosh when i heard the news i could not believe it, Evan Tanner?? no way....... not Evan Tanner? you will always be remembered as one of the all time greats in MMA. You helped define MMA and establish it as a legitimate driving force in the world of combat sports. My prayers are with you and your family.


Kevin said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:25 PM

R.I.P.

The sport of MMA and the world is less without you.


Matt said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:28 PM

A TRUE INSPIRATION

The world needs more bright shining souls like the one we've just lost. Until last night, I only knew of Evan Tanner as a fierce MMA fighter. But reading about this man has touched me greatly. I've never met Evan, but I feel as if I've lost a brother. And perhaps we all have. I sent a link to my wife and she said she was crying in her office this morning. When we lose such a beautiful soul, it's a sad day for everyone. Maybe his life was meant to inspire people. God knows we need positive inspiration these days. Thank you Evan for showing us how to truly live.

God Bless You Brother,

Matt



Chad said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:29 PM

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


THORAZINE said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:31 PM

Life On Your Terms

Evan Tanner a simplistic man, yet complicated. Perhaps this was a moment in time he manufactured to lead him down a different path in life or let God and Nature take him.

Evan Tanner lived and left life on his own terms rather than live it by society’s norms. I'm going to celebrate the life you lived rather than mourn the legacy you left.

R.I.P Evan Tanner… Thank You for the Great MMA memories you were a man that was admired by many, not always for the words you spoke but always for the spirit you carried inside.


Pete said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:33 PM

Rest In Eternal Peace, Brother

Proof that inferior talent can be overcome by superior heart: Evan Tanner

If there is a heaven, it doesn't deserve you. You were truly an inspiration in everything you shared with us, thank you for being you. Every MMA fan, whether they know it or not, lost something today. A job well done on a life too short. Godbless.


Dan Furse said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:37 PM

broke the mold

This is as big a loss as mma or society in general could ever be forced to recover from. I'll truly miss rooting for you in the octagon and in life in general. Thank you for doing so much for someone you have never met, you touched countless lives and I for one am grateful to you for being who you were.


Glen Miller said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:42 PM

Gone but never forgotten

Evan was living proof that nothing is impossible and no goal is too high to reach for and that you can achieve anything if you set your mind, body and spirt to it. I will miss him..................


Genoff said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:44 PM

Sadly Missed

Evan - R.I.P from fan in Ireland.


sam said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:45 PM

R.I.P. MAN

this is a huge loss to the entire mma community. your actions inside and outside the octagon have inspired more individuals than you could ever imagine. the afterlife will be a much better place with you there. your words and actions will continue to inspire many people for many years to come and you will always be remembered as a pioneer, true warrior of the sport, and more importantly a true warrior at heart.

R.I.P. Evan


Greg MacDonnell said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:48 PM

We do Believe

Most people are defined by the path they chose in life. However I don't think that there is one path in particular that Evan chose to follow.

He is an inspiration not just as a fighter, but as an example of human integrity, and how we should live our lives.

Sure he's had his ups and downs, everyone does. But the one thing that defined Evan is he was willing to keep his head up no matter what was happening on that current path he was on.

One thing I realize while reading many of the comments left on this blog is that no matter if you knew Tanner personally or not, if you paid attention to this guy only for a minute, he would have a dramatic impact on you life for the better.

His unique personality and outlook on life made him stand apart from the other fighters, and this is one of the reasons why I was first drawn to him in the first place. Not necessarily because of his talent, which he had aplenty, but because this blog made me feel that I wasn't just a fan, but a friend.

It didn't provide a window to a fighter's life, it was a voyage into a world filled with excitement, adventure, determination, and overcoming adversity.
It was a personal voyage into the believable world of Evan Tanner.

Evan, you truly are one of a kind, I just wish I had the chance to meet you.

WAR TANNER!
BELIEVE in the POWER of ONE!

(ps - hey evan, the shirt design is prime. so happy i got the chance to get one before any of this happened, but extremely sad i never got around to mentioning it to you on your blog until it was too late. i just hope that if there is a heaven, it grants you the opportunity to see this blog and how much you really meant to others...)


brad said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:55 PM

Inspiration to us all

You were a man that everbody strives to be. In and out of the ring you were a true inspiration to us all.

Be good and R.I.P.
You wil be missed

BW


Ben Salmon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:56 PM

Rest in peace.

A truly great man, in the midst of a wonderful project. Often times I would read his blogs on myspace an find myself instantly relating to alot of his words, he was not only kind and generous, but also very wise.

You will be missed, Evan, but never forgotten.


colin bonfield said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:56 PM

ALL HEART

Evan is the type of fighter that you always wanted to win and could never quite explain why. He wasn't the greatest or most technical fighter to step into the octagon, he wasn't the biggest ticket seller, but he had an energy about him that made you want to believe in not only him, but in yourself, in the world and in inner strength. He had a good soul, an old soul, that anyone could see when looking upon him or hearing him speak. I have never met Evan Tanner, but I don't think you need to meet him to be able to see the good in his heart and the inner struggles he was overcoming.

Peace and Respect


Ty said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:56 PM

RIP

Thanks for the memories. RIP.


darren said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:00 PM

RIP

Inspiration


Carlos said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:01 PM

Forever Be Remembered

Evan - great human being
His journey - to live his life like no other would dare to
His memories and his actions - Forever to be remembered
Thank you Evan, may you rest in piece.


Ryan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:03 PM

Inspired and saddened

I, unlike most of you posting here, am not a big follower of MMA but I do watch a good fight when I know it will be on. That said, I have watched a few Evan Tanner fights and knew of him. When I saw the article this morning I clicked on it out of pure curiosity since I knew little about Evan. As I read more, I found myself greatly inspired by the path he has taken in his life and deeply saddened about his passing. I wish that I had known more about Evan during his career, I would have been a big fan, I guess now I kind of am anyway. This is not only a tragic loss for the MMA community but for society as a whole. The world needs more people like Evan Tanner to counterbalance society’s move toward a sedentary, mundane, cautious life.

My condolences to Evan’s family, my thoughts are with you. And Evan, may you rest in peace. Thanks for being a true individual in a world of clones.


Danny J Holland said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:03 PM

Rest in peace!

Condolences to all family and friends of Evan. Thanks for the excitement you gave us as fans! You always have been 1 of my favourite fighters, for the aggression in the fight and the humbleness afterwards. May you rest in peace man! And thanks again for everything you have done!


Ian said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:05 PM

R.I.P

Goodbye Evan, we miss you already


Chris Fowler said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:06 PM

A Great Man

I never had the opportunity to meet Evan, but in a way I feel like I've lost a close friend. I've been following Evan through his blog for a long time, checking two or three times a day to see if he had posted a new adventure story, new pictures or shared some thoughts on life. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Evan the man, Evan the adventurer, and Evan the fighter. I am truely grateful for having Evan in my life even in this small way, as he has changed me for the better. My thoughts and prayer are with Evan's family and friends as I know this must be a devastating loss for them. His honesty and openness was so refreshing to see in a person. He acomplished so much in his short lifetime and I can only wish to be a tenth of the man Evan was. Evan has inspired me and THOUSANDS of others with his words of wisdom and the way he lived his life. I will never forget Evan Tanner, he truely was a great man. The world needs more people like him.

May he Rest In Peace.


T.K.O. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:07 PM

RIP EVAN

rip evan i loved watching u fight


Cody said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:07 PM

God Bless

Evan you are the fighter that drew my attention the most to mma and I was always the first in line to watch your fights out of all my friends... You will greatly be missed, God Bless You and Your Family!


Mark Gomez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:07 PM

Didn't Know

I saw Mr. Tanner fight on TV, but never thought much about him. It is strange now to read what a deep and introspective person, one who meditated for days in the deep desert, a person who traveled the world on a dream. He must of been a incredible guy to listen to. I want to say what a shame he died, but it seems he died being exactly what he wanted to be: his own man.


Luisiño said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:08 PM

Rest in Peace

Condolences to all family and friends of Evan was a great warrior without doubt a legend


Chris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:10 PM

Gone but Never Forgotten

When I read the title on a MMA site that Evan Tanner had passed away, I was stunned, literally just sat and stared at my monitor quietly saying "No way" over and over. You will be missed but never forgotten.

My thought and deepest condolences go out to Evan's family and friends.

Peace


Telly said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:10 PM

Thanks Evan

You were a world class guy in all aspects. You fought the toughest guys to the toughest of problems and prevailed. I respect that and feel sorry for you unexperienced sparring partner up there. Thank you Evan for being Evan. RIP


David Johnson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:11 PM

RIP Evan

you were a great inspiration in the MMA community but also as a man. Rest in peace

also condolences to family and friends of Evan he will greatly be missed


~Dave


Shawn Brooks said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:13 PM

The world has lost a warrior.

The news of Tanner's death is shocking, so brother it's been great for the memories and godspeed my friend my your memories last forever.


Scott Manning said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:13 PM

One Of The Best

You will be sadly missed. It was with great pleasure that I watched how you handled yourself inside and outside the octagon. You are and always will be a great fighter and a great human being. Truly one of the best.

Be In Peace Now


Marcus and Freda said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:14 PM

RIP Mr. Evan Tanner

We have watched ufc from the very beginning. When you came around, we saw a star in you. You were an extraordinary fighter. We thankyou for what you did for the sport of mma. You will be missed. May God bless you and your family. RIP Mr. Evan Tanner.


Kid Nate [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:16 PM

Blow With the Wind, May Your Adventures Never End

Evan was a great person who made the most of his gifts and lived a life that most of us can only imagine.
What an inspiration to us all!
I'm honored to have shared this planet with him.
Condolences to his friends and family, I can only imagine the magnitude of your loss.


Damon said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:16 PM

To One of the Greatest

I never met him, but in all my years of watching UFC/MMA... By far, Evan Tanner was and is one of my all time favorite fighters. Win or Lose - Evan always put on one hell of a show. As well, carried himself in a manner that most of us find to be impossible. He was and will always be an inspiration to me and countless others. This is certainly a sad time for his family, friends, fans and the world of MMA. He will be missed by millions. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you. RIP Evan!


Justin S. Miller said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:16 PM

R.I.P. Journey man

I was shocked to learn that Evan tanner had passed away, especially because he faught so recnetly in the UFC. I will never forget his unique personality in interviews and his excellent clinch work and fantastic ju-jitsu.

I never had the chance to meet Evan, as I am merley a fan of mixed martial arts. I have seen a lot of his fights and he has also inspired me with his sotry that anyone can overcome adversitya nd rise to achive great things. I know that he did not call himself a fighter, but a philosopher and a poet. He was also a great fighter even if he did not say that. It was an honor to watch Evan's fights over the years and I would like to send my condolences to his family and friends.

R.I.P. Evan your spirt is still free.


Matthew Parry said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:17 PM

True Warrior

I had the pleasure of meeting Evan in Vegas befor the Penn Sherk fight and was happy to see him back and was also prowd to have cheered for him as a fighter. He had a true warrior spirit and was a kind superstar. I wish my deepest condolences to his family and friends. Thanks for the memories Evan. R.I.P


mik said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:18 PM

RIP

An Inspiration


Maisie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:21 PM

A fond memory

I remember Evan as a teenager, he and my little brother went to Caprock together and were on the wrestling team. Evan spent alot of time at our house during those years, My mom used to say "boy can that Tanner eat" , we'd just laugh, my parents really loved him though. I remember a few years later seeing a crowd gathered at Sams Club in Amarillo, my sister and I were shopping and wondered what was going on, when we seen it was Tanner, we were like whys he giving out autographs. My sister said something about him winning some big event in Japan, and maby that was why. I remember thinking about how quiet and shy he was, and now look at him giving out autographs. We waited for him to finish up and then went out to the parking lot and spent some time catching up on lives. He reminded me of the time I taught him and my brother the "sugar test",(I had them put their arm out and try to keep me from pushing it down, then I had them put a finger-tip of sugar on their tongues and see how immediatly they lost their strength). He said I never forgot that, I said, great can I take credit for your career, we laughed about it, we were so proud for him. It was the last time I spoke with Tanner. Of course as many others from Amarillo we have always followed his career and had the opportunity to see one of his hometown fights after that, I have kept up with his blogs and was so happy he met his goals. Tanner will be missed by many......

With much love and respect to Evans family, may Gods peace give you strength in this very difficult time.


aaron nietzel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:22 PM

rest in peace

ill miss you brother.


Chris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:23 PM

Goodbye and Thank you, Evan.

I've just read the news and am still in utter shock. Evan was a good guy, I have respect for everything he acheived. The MMA community has lost one of it's finest...

RIP Evan.


brandon marsh said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:23 PM

for ever remembering evan tanner

yesterday on my way back home my mind was wandering. i started thinking of evan and hoping to see him in the octagon again, and thinking why isnt he my favorite fighter.(before i heard the horrible news) he is very inspirational and unchanged by his fame. im a aspiring fighter and i would want to be like him. even though i didnt know him personally i felt a big loss. my heart goes out to his family and friends.


Meaty Portion said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:24 PM

RIP Evan

I'll miss him for sure. He was one of my favorite fighters to watch. He also seems to have gotten the most out of his 37 years, more than most people get out of 80. I always admired and respected the way he'd keep getting back up after fights or when life would knock him down and I'm incredibly sorry to know that this time he won't be getting back up.



brian smith said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:26 PM

will miss you neighbor

EVAN, WHAT A SAD TIME. JUST WHEN YOU MOVED NEXT TO ME. I KNOW YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE, WITH MANY MORE TREASURES TO FIND. KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT IN YOUR NEW NEIGHBORHOOD. RIP.


Paul said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:27 PM

R.I.P.

Though you are gone physically, you have left us all with many many great memories. These memories will be in the hearts and minds of us all, and with that, you will live on forever and continue to inspire. Thanks and R.I.P my brother.


Alex [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:27 PM

One of the best is gone.

You will be greatly missed by all your fans. From all the fighters here in Victoria, BC, Canada, all our love to Evan's family and friends.


A Fight Fan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:30 PM

Rest In Peace Evan Tanner

This sucks man. We'll miss you.


Weasel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:30 PM

The Ultimate Fighter, The Ultimate Awakening

Your "Being" will always grace the Octagon and those of us who search for our own awakenings.-peace bro


Brad said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:33 PM

You will be missed

I have always been a huge fan of Evan`s MMA career.No matter who he was fighting I pulled for Evan.It was a shock to learn about his untimely death.I never really heard anything about Evan outside fighting though.Today I see why he I really looked up to him so much.


Jessica said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:36 PM

You will always be in my heart

I always admired you, and still do. I never had
the pleasure of meeting you but you are a great inspiration in my life. You will always be remembered.


Chris Beaton said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:38 PM

Your inspiration will always remain with us

Take care on the next part of your journey Evan. You are a legend and a gentleman. Your work ethic, ability and noble nature have ensured that you will remain an inspiration to generations to come and, most certainly to myself!


Chris Beaton said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:38 PM

Your inspiration will always remain with us

Take care on the next part of your journey Evan. You are a legend and a gentleman. Your work ethic, ability and noble nature have ensured that you will remain an inspiration to generations to come and, most certainly to myself!


Lance Rolph said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:41 PM

Gone But Not Forgotten

Evan Tanner was a great fighter full of talent, heart & guts. RIP Evan. You will be missed


James said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:44 PM

Best wishes to all at a time of sadness

What a shame bad things happen to good people. RIP Evan.


Nathan Sharma said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:44 PM

A Great Loss

A great loss for everyone. The world needs more people like you, especially at times like these, but even though you died at the early age of 37, you lived life more than most at 77. People like you will always be missed, but always remembered as inspiration. A true warrior spirit in all aspects of life, Rest in Peace Evan x


Geoffrey from France said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:46 PM

All prayers to Evan's family and close friends

All I can say is that I'm shocked about what happened to Evan.

Rest in peace, and all the support to his family and friends that have to go through this hard time.


Nicolai Aladieff said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:47 PM

I Believe.

I'll always be inspired by Evan's blogs, fights, and the way he enjoyed his life. I'm not a mma fighter & I never met him. I'm just a fan, but I feel like I lost a friend. Thanks for the memories Evan, I'll always Believe in the Power of One.


mat [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:48 PM

evan

repose en paix champion,on ne t oubliera pas.peace


L.A. Alvarez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:52 PM

Rest in Peace



Rest in Peace brother.
You will be missed.
See yuo soon.


Steven Reynolds said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:55 PM

Rest in peace...A true trail blazer!

Evan Tanner is one of my heros. The man was constantly pushing forward, constantly looking for new challenges, constantly looking for something he hadn't seen before.
He was a modern day explorer with the heart of a lion and a true warriors spirt! He was and will always remain a source of inspiration for me.
God bless and good luck man.
Rest in peace.





reyes said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:56 PM

rip evan tanner

soy de colombia y me acabo de enterar lo siento lo siento im sorry and im sorry just remember we fall to learn how to get up


mi mas sentido pesame a su familia sera extrañado he will be miss


JD said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:56 PM

Evan

thanks for the memories. my son still has your autograph from columbus in his room. the message on it was inspiring. it meant alot to me for you to pick out the smallest guy in the arena and walk up to him and give him an autograph. that told me the kind of person you were. rip evan


Boz said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:56 PM

you can fly now

Evan, you lived life like it should be lived
my condolences to the Tanner family
Peace Brother


Brian Hess [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:56 PM

Please accept our sincerest best wishes and prayers

There are many fans and people like us that wish the Tanner family and friends our deepest sympathy and our prayers are with you. Thank you Evan for the enjoyment of watching you in the UFC.

- The Hess Family


NDNSAVAGE said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:57 PM

BELIEVE

R.I.P. u will be missed.
Keep on riding!


Jeff said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:57 PM

One of a kind

Evan was a great fighter,but he also had a rare spirit. One that carried on ideals that have been long forgotten by most. He still believed in the power of one. He still searched and dreamed. Most importantly, he had the courage to live his life with wonder. There will never be another fight like him. God bless you.


Syd said, on: September 9, 2008 at 06:59 PM

Evan my Man!

Evan is the prototype of today's MMA fighter. Self-taught, always evolving. It's only a bad thing that the younger and new generation of fighters have caught up with him. But in any case, he will be truly an inspiration to me, and to many as well!...See you in heaven man!


Troy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:01 PM

A Beautiful Spirit

Dude it breaks my heart to here that your no longer with us. You were an inspiration in my life. Your words and your story helped me, it gave me the courage to go on, you helped me to get to embrace my inner self. I n my eyes you were a great philosopher of our lifetime. Rest in peace Evan


Dawn said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:03 PM

RIP Evan you will be missed!

I just got the wonderful chance to meet Evan a week ago at the Harley Davidson 105th Anniversry party on August 30th. He was one of the nicest guys ever! I told him my son was a sophmore highschool wrestler and wanted to get into MMA so he was nice enough to give me a autograpghed photo of him personalized to my son that said "Live Strong, Speak True, Dream Big" I thought that was so nice of him my son was totally stoked! Thanks Evan you are one of the best guys out there, May the Lord take you on a safe journey to your final place. RIP EVAN WE will miss you!


Butch said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:13 PM

You will be missed!

To all of Evan’s friends, fans, and family my heart is with all of you. Evan was an honest man full of compassion. A fearless man who overcame the odds to free himself of the past. I’m sure you are in great place with even more adventures ahead of you!
We are all going to miss you! Youre spirit will live on!


dana white said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:15 PM

ufc

sorry to hear about this news.evan had some great fights with us in the ufc,but i think he knew his career was finished.i believe he had this all planned and it was a suicide to me.


Chris Hare [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:15 PM

My GOD Bless your soul in Jesus Christ's name

Evan,

I do not know you, BUT I have seen you many times on television. You carried yourself with great HONOR and RESPECT. You were nice to all the people, accept your opponent for that short period. Afterwards, you were a true gentlemen. Therefore, I pray to GOD that you are in a better place called HEAVEN. "Oh LORD - hear our prayers for this man!" - AMEN


Eric said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:16 PM

The Champ No Matter What!

He is Truly one of the Best.Miss you Evan.


Neda Huda said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:17 PM

Great Warrior...Great Inspiration

Self taught fighter....champion. You were an inspiration to all of us and not only in regards to mma but also life. You will be missed,and the history of MMA can't be written without your name highlighted in the text.


Me said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:17 PM

Will be missed

Evan will be missed. From all accounts he was a great guy, and unique.


Joe O. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:18 PM

Evan will be missed.

Needless to say, I was completely stunned when I read about this. I didn't know Evan personally but I still feel a loss. He died doing what he loved (adventuring) but this is still painful. For being a loner of sorts he clearly has touched many many people's lives.


Freestyler said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:20 PM

RIP

You will be missed. You were one hell of a fighter and one hell of a big influence. No one has the balls to live the life you did. RIP.. may you be in a better place.


Rob [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:21 PM

From the fans at Yahoo!

We will miss you Evan. Thank you for your memories and showing us what a classy athlete is all about. You kept it real.


Jeffrey Jones said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:24 PM

UFC

The UFC and the MMA world will not be the same without Evan Tanner! I wish the class he displayed would be displayed by all of the fighters!! God Bless!!


Akuma said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:26 PM

RIP Warrior

RIP man, god bless you, you will be missed warrior.


john page said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:28 PM

R.I.P.

from the first fight of yours that I saw I was a fan from then on. Hope you find peace and know that the world lost a true champion.


AL said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:30 PM

R.I.P

God only take tz


James said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:30 PM

At peace

The world will miss you Evan, your brave heart is now on the greatest adventure possible. You will live forever in the hearts of your friends, family and fans.


Johnny Hannay [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:30 PM

Goodbye old friend

I knew Evan for the last 20 years. We went to high school together in Amarillo and I was one of the last people he contacted on Wednesday asking me if I wanted to join him to go hiking. I asked him to come a little closer to Phoenix where I live, and I would be happy to accompany him.
I have lost a friend, brother, mentor, and hero. Then again, I guess we all have. Goodbye big brother. I love you .


Al said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:32 PM

R.I. P

God only take the best.


john said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:32 PM

MMA Fighter in the Heavens

I've been a big MMA fan for as long as I can remember. Evan was one of the few fighters that
I truly believed in. He had so much talent. He could take a beating as well as give one when he had to. When he was on his Game he couldnt be beat. Well, he's in a better place now and he won't have to take any more beatings. He truly is a Free Spirit now! R.I.P Evan. You will really and truly be missed in the Octagon.


John Brakes said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:32 PM

Kissenger

Peace out, Bro, and rest in peace. You were an amazing athlete and a true original.


Michael Annunziato said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:33 PM

RIP Warrior

You are a true warrior and a one of a kind human being. Thank you for the entertaining fights and the inspirational attitude. The world could learn a think or two from Even Tanner.


Dr. Locke said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:34 PM

A fighter lost, but not forgotten

You will be missed. In honor of you, I hope to see many beards donned by fighters worldwide. I started mine today. Thank you for the memories, and the inspiration. You're spirit will always live on through those you inspired.


louezy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:36 PM

True warrior

evan was a great champ tons of heart,truly one of the best.its sad that he is gone but he is with god now in the best hands he can be in.god bless you evan and your family and friends.you will be missed.a fan of yours always LOUEZZY


Belinda Adams said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:36 PM

Not Goodbye, Only Until We Meet Again

You cahased and attained your dreams, you never stopped believing in yourself or others. May you soar to heights that not even you could imagine!
I won't say goodbye Evan...Till We Meet Again!
God Bless!


Nick said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:37 PM

A legend....

You will always be a legend in the mma world,and you will be missed by many.....we all thank you for what you have done to mma as uh sport. Rest in peace....


Randy Haynes said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:37 PM

Better Place

Atleast you dont have to deal eith all the crap in the wqorld anymore R.I.P. Evan


Matt Valdez said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:37 PM

Respect

It's a really hard thing to hear about when you have someone as awesome as Evan Tanner. Evan we never met but I have followed your entire career and I have even read your blogs. I wanted to thank you good buddy as one of your blogs explaining your alcohol addiction and the turmoil you went through really hit home to me and has helped me, as I read and felt your strength and it has come into me as well... I was battling addiction as well and looking at you and hearing your success you have transferred that to me and I want to thank you friend.

We will miss you and will never forget all the smiles and tears you have given us.

In love and respect for you Evan R.I.P

I will be honored to meet you in the heavens one day!

Matt


Scott Rubin [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:38 PM

:(

Evan Tanner is one of the fighters that got me into MMA. He embodied all of the greatest qualities that a professional athlete should have. His humble and respectful demeanor spoke a lot about the sport and even though I didn't know him personally, I felt like I kind of did. Evan, you will be missed.


Ryan Western-Massachusetts said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:38 PM

HEAVENS BAD ASS

To Evans friends and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. It's my belief that Evan is now in a place better than this world could ever be. He will most definitely never be forgotten. God Bless, and rest peacfully Evan!


Armor Of Truth [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:38 PM

I BELIEVE

You did all you could through your ups and your downs. The good Lord has taken you to fill your deeds with him now. I'm glad that I had a chance to meet you in May @ UFC 84 Thank you for all you did for the sport. I STILL BELIEVE!!!!!! May you find new tasks in Gods Kingdom..


Jeremy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:38 PM

You are missed

Thanks for all the memories Evan, you are a true original in the sport and will always be missed.


Burt Bun said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:39 PM

Love was in his heart

I sent this to Evan after the Okami fight, now I want to share it w/everyone who loved him..

The War of Life

Life is a war not meant to won
but only to be fought,
the best things in life aren't things
and cannot be bought.
They are people,memories, moments and
feelings,an unrestricted mind not bound
with walls or ceilings.
Ambitions and dreams as high as the sky,
being okay with not knowing not having to
ask why.
Faith in something you may not understand
trusting in a god instead of a man,
letting God help us to accept who and what
we really are,
see the answers are close even when they
appear to be far.
Finding the opportunity to show the good
in us all, its how many times you get back
up, not how many times you fall.

Burt Bun
Copyright ©2008 Burt Bun



Robert Delorey said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:39 PM

A Great Man

You were always one of my favorite fighters. Always game no matter who the opponent was. You had a serious chin, and a badass beard to boot (though I dunno about those corn rows!). Your presence will be greatly missed in the Octagon and out. Sad to have never met you. So it goes.


Courtney said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:40 PM

Goodby Old Friend

Jeff, Brenna, Sue, Paige, Dee, Scott, Big hugs for you and this bigger than life, and unbelievable loss. Evan rest in peace. You are missed very much. Love you all and may God hold you in his arms during this time. He loved you all so much!!!


Matt said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:40 PM

RIP Champ

A true warrior amongst men


Erik said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:40 PM

RIP Evan

Thanks for all the memories. You are a true warrior at heart!


craig ryan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:41 PM

GOD SPEED

Say it aint so man. You were an inspiration to alot of people in many different ways. You've been a great influence in my life over the past year or so and I thank you for that. I'll always be fan!!!! GOD SPEED EVAN TANNER.


Hamm said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:42 PM

RIP Evan

I have such a sunken feeling.

Evan was one of a kind, his fights, his thoughts, his writing all kept me entertained. He was a true man of depth.

Farewell Evan.


T Hathaway said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:42 PM

Very Proud

Very proud of ALL that you accomplished, you are a true hero and inspiration to all that had the pleasure of knowing you, thank you.


Rich Schultz [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:43 PM

You will be greatly received in heaven

I'm quite sure Evan will be welcomed with open arms in heaven.

I have prayed for you Evan, your family, friends & the many souls that you have touched with your presence.

May God bless you and yours.

RIP Evan, you were loved & appreciated by many fans !


Cory Gargin said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:46 PM

Always a Champion

My heart broke when I checked the UFC site today. I was so excited about you starting a comeback.The MMA world just lost a great soul, You WILL be missed
Rest in Peace Evan


Chris Wilmot said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:49 PM

Rest in Peace

A couple of years ago, I was bored and decided to write Evan on myspace to say it was too bad he lost his fight. I did not really expect any response but to my surprise he actually took the time to answer my letter. Since then I have been big fan, and have kept up with his blogs. Its really sad to see someone, who seemed so genuine go at such a young age. For someone I never met, it really has gotten to me that he has passed. best of luck to his family and friends in this sad time.


vito said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:49 PM

RIP EVAN

I am bummed to hear about Evan Tanner. I always rooted him for him whether he won or lost. I felt from the first time I saw him fight that he was the REAL PEOPLE'S WARRIOR and not a fake !! Why ?? Because he seemed to have alot in common with Rocky. Just an ordinary, humble guy, just trying to make a living and decided to be a fighter to make ends meet. I have alot of respect for these guys that are hard working and blue collars types like I feel Evan was. Evan we will never forget your fighting spirit. RIP CHAMP !!!


Robert said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:49 PM

RIP EVAN TANNER

I wasn't your biggest fan but I did admire your warrior heart and spirit, I seen your interviews and i know that you were a great person, a strong fighter not only physically but also mentally and that is what us mixed martial arts fans will miss most about you. Former UFC Middleweight Champion you will be remembered forever.


bill nomardin said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:49 PM

True Warrior

Tis a very sad day. You were the reason i got in to UFC. a true inspiration. a true warrior. RIP


Andrew Mccomb said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:50 PM

God Bless Evan Tanner

The mma world truly lost one of its greatest warriors today, in and out of the octagon

RIP EVAN


HBERG said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:50 PM

Sad but always Mindfull

The mma community lost a great person as well as a highly skilled fighter. Evan was one of the main reasons I have enjoyed the world of mma. Evan has taught me a great many lessons on heart, spirit, and achievement. I will miss his heart and adventurous spirit as well as his skill in the octagon. May you rest in peace and now enjoy the greatest adventure of them all!!!


STEVE said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:51 PM

UFC WARRIOR

Met evan at ufc 52 in vegas & true gentlemen rip


Arnaud said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:52 PM

R.I.P. Tanner

«Belive»
It's a wonderful one word legacy that will bring nothing but good.

Thank you Champ!


tammie said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:53 PM

Godspeed

I had the pleasure of meeting Evan many years ago. He was just as wonderful then as hes is now! May his memory be forever in our hearts and our minds.Evan you will be missed and Amarillo will never be the same without you popping in for a visit.


BARRY HOPPEN said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:53 PM

YOU WILL BE MISSED

Thanks for just being Evan. You are gone but never forgotten,your spirit will live on in all of us that love life,family,and MMA.RIP MY BROTHER YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A CHAMPION.


Dan Wood said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:54 PM

A true inspiration

Evan was one of many inspirations of mine in stepping into the MMA world, he will be greatly missed in and outside the octagon.

R.I.P. my friend.


Mike Federline [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:57 PM

RIP MAN

always thought you were a cool ass dude from day 1.


rip man


ceL [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:58 PM

My favorite middle weight....

u will be greatly missed and our prayers go out to your family. u stand for many of us...hard working and never giving up. i hope everyone hugs their loved ones tight tonight...because our time here is sooo limited. make every minute count. RIP evan tanner


Tina T [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:58 PM

BELIEVE

We will miss you...But we will never forget you and what you have done in the sport of mma and as a human being..


Andy said, on: September 9, 2008 at 07:59 PM

Goodbye,

I never knew you in person, but watched your fights, the one that I will never forget is the 2005 MW title fight with Rich Franklin. I watched as you were battered repeatedly, but still fought on and never quit. Despite probably not being able to see hardly at all from either eye. You showed such indomitable spirit, and determination in that fight. Eventhough though you lost, you never quit the doctor had to stop it. I guess what I'm trying to say is that Evan always showed such will power and determination I tried to turn that over and use it as inspiration for my own life. Then when you got over all of your other personal problems to return to fighting, I was blown away. I think you were a great inspiration for anyone in life. I'll miss you Evanc.
Your Fan,
Andy


Matt Saldana said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:00 PM

Its been great

Watching you since you first started until your last fight... i can honestly say that you evolved into a great fighter.... not jsut a good fighter but a great fighter and why i say this is that you fought with your heart and soul. thats the difference. RIP brotha....


Hurley Ward said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:01 PM

Remember When??

Evan, we had some good memories growing up traveling around the country wrestling. I remember the long dreaded trip to Billings Montana from Amarillo to wrestle at nationals. The 3 of us had to ride in the back of a pickup with a topper. The heat was overbearing but ah the fun we had. Thanks for the many memories and for being such a good role model for those growing up and taking interest in the sport. My heart goes to your family. God Bless them all. See you when I get up there with you. Rest in Peace.


james said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:02 PM

Thank you Evan

Been a fan since the late ninties. I was training myself and was amazed you came that far by doing it. Gave me hope. You were one of my favorate fighters and probably bigger in life than any other fighter. Thanks bud..


Liam Quinlan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:04 PM

Rest in peace

Evan, you are an inspiration to so many including me. Rest in peace.


Dex said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:06 PM

Good job Evan, you will be missed.

War


David L. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:06 PM

A class act

Goodbye Evan I never met you but I could tell that you had a good heart and were a genuine person. You defined the word "warrior" and always carried yourself with dignity. Rest in Peace.


Erich S. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:07 PM

Inspiration for the everyday man

Live every day like it is your last. I have followed Evan's MMA carreer since the beginning. He inspired me in many ways over the years. Through triumph or bad luck he always kept his head up. He was truly a people's fighter. The UFC will never be the same. I am shocked, saddened, and in disbelief but I will always believe in the power of one.


Dex said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:08 PM

I wish Evan could see this site now.....

So many nice words. It's a shame people have to pass before such a large outpouring of support can be seen. Tell those you love, how much you love them often. It may be your last chance.



Deb said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:09 PM

God rest your soul

I can't stop crying.

Evan was "golden" to me.


Walt Nauerz said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:10 PM

rest in peace and god bless

Evan, may God bless you as you are in a better place. We will miss you.


Jason said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:10 PM

WOW! I am in shock... God be with you

I Know you found your peace...We lost a great man.


Jake said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:10 PM

A True Legend....

We'll miss you Evan. You are an inspiration to us all. You lived 'the dream', now youre on the ultimate adventure. We all believe in the power of one. Rest in Peace brother.


Todd Gretton said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:10 PM

Goodbye

Thank you Evan Tanner.


Bo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:14 PM

Gone

I never met ya Evan, but I cried upon reading of your death. I'd been following your story for months before, often using you as an example of the consumate MMArtist, self-taugh, disciplined, respectful and gritty. Outside the ring you were a guy who wrung every ounce of feeling out of something without becoming melancholy or melodramatic.

I truly will miss you Evan, and I'm glad the whole world was given an opportunity to see you fight the good fight.


Joe Carr said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:15 PM

Farewell

Rest In Peace Evan, not just a great fighter but a great man, a true warrior right till the end.


jared said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:18 PM

RIP

RIP


mike said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:18 PM

rip

someone with as good of a heart as you will always be remembered for all the good things you've done for others. rest in piece evan


Dignan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:19 PM

Take it easy.

You are a freak of nature we all loved, and it's awesome to see how many people were behind you.

My next child will be named Evan or Tanner.

WAR.


Patrick McCready said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:19 PM

Modern Day Nomad

Evan Tanner seemed to enjoy a freedom that most of us could never understand let alone experience.
He will always be a source of inspiration for me, not as a fighter, but as a human being.


Pete said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:24 PM

Live on...

in our thoughts and our hearts. You will not be forgotten. Your adventures in life have been an inspiration to me. Your stories have entertained and humbled me. In the years I've followed your tales, I've grown attached to them. They have been there through good times and bad. I know you didn't mean for this to happen. Nature is an untameable beast in which you were not ready to face. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. May your journey into the unknown grant you with more stories to tell us when we reach the other side.

To you my friend, a heartfelt goodbye.


Bobby said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:25 PM

Void in the World

This world is a lesser place without you, Evan. You were an inspiration to so many people, myself included. You showed the benefit of being selfless and helping others. I know that you have made a positive impact on everyone you encountered in your life. It is a true tragedy for you to be taken from us. I am praying for your family and loved ones. John 3:16. God loves us all.


Dustin Ferguson said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:26 PM

The Road not Taken

Evan Tanner was an inspiration to many, not only for his battles in the cage but for his battles outside as well. He was a traveler, a philosopher and a poet. Though he may not have lived the model life he showed model behavior in life, he brought the sport of MMA a new level of respect and integrity. He had the heart of a lion and was a true warrior. RIP Evan Tanner you will be missed. My prayers and condolences go out to Evans Family and friends.




I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

From the poem "The Road not Taken" by Robert Frost


Greg C said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:26 PM

Shocked - a true loss

I really like Evan Tanner's human-ness. Learning his story, while watching a few UFC events, touched me (and obviously many others). He battled addiction, fought through adversity, yet never gave up. Simply no quit in him. This guy tried until there was nothing left - that's heart! You gotta love a guy with heart and vulnerability like that. After reading the story I'd like to think he just wouldn't give up out there in the desert. You'll be missed, and remembered, by many Evan. RIP Evan Tanner.


Robert Hines said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:28 PM

RIP

The first time i saw you fight I was surprised at how much like you looked like my son. Evan I was a fan of yours in and out of the octagon, and will be a fan of yours always. Thank you for entertaining me Sir!!


Roger said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:28 PM

Rest in peace champ

You were a true man and a true warrior. You did it your way and that's the way everyone should live. You lived the life that I hope I'm able to live one day if it's in my cards to be allowed to go down that road. This is a huge loss for all MMA. Rest in peace and god bless your friends and family at this time.


Michael Davis said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:29 PM

R.I.P

im at a loss of word, Evan you were a great man and a great champion. You will never truly die or be beaten, your heart was and is to large to call it quits.


Loyal Neumann said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:30 PM

I'll miss you old friend

I'm gonna miss you buddy. The time we trained together at Curts in Portland was some of the best times in my life. I'll never forget the day we went snow boarding at Hood and called it our high altitude training. Thank you for all your support over the years.


Phuong Ha said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:30 PM

My friend - How Evan touched us all

I met Evan awhile back. Became instant friends. I am proud to have own him, the true him, the man behind the words, the poetry. I am glad our paths crossed. I am sad he traveled a path that he decided long ago that he must travel alone.

Being with him through his good years, as a fighter and as a person, I am glad we had our talks.

You will be missed by all you touched, directly and indirectly. I thank you for finding me in this life, I look forward to our meeting up again in the next life. I am certain we will and I look forward to it.

Your spirit and belief of ONE has affected many of us, so you will live on in us, through us.

You have touched us all in ways only we can be honest about when we are alone, with our self, in the dark places of our souls that only we go to while reading your blogs and stories.

Thank you. Thank you for meeting me, shaking hands and becoming friends with me. Thank you for the wonderful birthday gift, which I have always cherished. Thank you for your smile, for your courage, your warrior spirit.

So much more I want to say to you. Keep your ears open, I will be talking and I know you will be listening. Rest in PEACE my dear friend.

I have always believed in you, in your words.

Still and always a true friend,

Phuong


Brian Copeland said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:31 PM

A True Peaceful Warrior

WOW! I just can't believe that this has happened. This is more shocking than anything that happened Saturday night. I am another that never knew Evan, but surely wish I had the privelege. He was always an exciting fighter and it was great to see him back in the octagon. I admire the way he approached life and he had recently been a big inspiration for me. I BELIEVE that he was truely a prime example of what a PEACEFUL WARRIOR was supposed to be in life. To all friends, family, colleagues or anyone who ever knew Evan on a personal level, I grieve along with you. I am truly saddened by his loss. I believe it was meant to be this way, as painful as it may be for many people. He went out, the way he lived. Evan you will forever be remembered. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.


Robert Abel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:31 PM

God Speed Evan!

Unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to meet you in person throughout your life but following the highs and lows of your professional and personal life touched me in ways nothing else has.
I hope that you found what you were looking for on your trip, whatever that was. Maybe one day we get to meet after all and you get to tell me. The Evan Tanner that I got to know through the sport of MMA did not pass away in the desert, he is still walking on, walking tall under the scorching sun.
God speed Evan!


The Thomas Family said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:33 PM

RIP Evan

I did not know Evan personally but a crayon of his own color is how I best describe Evan based on the stories I have read. Evan was one of the first fighters on UFC that I actually got to see in a match, I was hooked from that point forward. He seemed to be a free spirit and win,lose, or draw he always had a great attitude. I have followed his career and enjoyed his many blogs he has written. He was one of my favorites in the MMA/UFC world. To Evan's family: may you always remember and focus on the good times, those are the times that will get you through.To Evan: Godspeed!


chester said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:34 PM

Goodbye

Many people will remember you as a fighter, I will always remember you for the words you spoke, your free spirit and determination that was evan tanner. You will be sorely missed the world has lost another great individual when sadly we need them in times of grief and despair. I hope you passed on doing what you loved to do because that was the most inspirational thing about you.


cb said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:35 PM

believe

the world would be a better place if we could all live as openly and honestly as evan tanner did. may he be an inspiration to all who are afraid to take a risk... rip


Nate said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:35 PM

The legacy will live on

Evan, you will be missed buddy. You were doing something you enjoyed and that is how you would have wanted it. Your legend will live on in the UFC forever. My condolensces to your family.
God Bless


Michael "LayzieTheSavage" Mardones [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:37 PM

Evan

RIP Evan! You will forever be missed.


Sami said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:38 PM

"Everyone dies...Not everyone truly lives"

Evan, you are one of my favorite mma fighters,you definetly had a silent confidence about you and a great spirit. Your untimely fate really hits home for me as I had a brother that I lost way before his time. You both had the ability to touch the hearts of so many in the short time you were with us. When we first heard of your adventures and travels outside of the octagon it further added to your great spirit and appeal to us as fans. I am thankful that you were doing something you loved at the end of your journey...my brother was doing something he loved to, helping someone out down on their luck. You will be missed greatly Evan.


Chip Clovis said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:39 PM

Goodbye My Friend

A warrior, a poet, a philosipher, a friend,
A man who walked his own path,
His mind was free yet his soul was trapped.

Now he can be who he wants to be,
Not hindered by means or worldy things.

Thank you for all that you have touched.
Thank you for touching and helping me.

Thank you for taking the time to care,
Thank you for taking the time to believe.

I will miss you.
I too believe.
Chip



Rich said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:39 PM

RIP Champ

You are still and always will be the middleweight champion of the world!
RIP Evan


AHeartofKnights said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:40 PM

A truth of the fallen

Evan, you had the heart of a true unique induvidual. You're definatly going to be missed.


Robert from Elk said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:41 PM

RIP

You will be missed Evan. RIP.


Tyler Weaver said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:43 PM

R.I.P. Evan Tanner

One of the greatest ever.
We will miss you Evan. R.I.P.

Always a fan. You are an inspiration.

Tyler W.


rob b said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:48 PM

o my god

i just saw u fight kendall now......
evan piece be with u i hope your journey is as rewarding and fulfilling as your time here was
you will be missed im so sorry to hear this
god bless evan


Milli said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:52 PM

My Man Evan Tanner

much love, admiration & respect from New York City. you are a soldier that will be missed.

may you Rest In Peace my brother!


Darry Nadler said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:52 PM

You will be missed

Just wanted to say or needed to say that this man was a great person. I have trained in the same gym as Evan for about 2 years now and there is nothing anyone could ever say negative about him. I did not know him as a best friend but from time to time would chat with him about one thing or another. He was just one of those kind of people that if you even talked with him for 5 minutes you felt this connection like you have known him and been friends forever. He was a great fighter that was never cockey, rude, loud mouthed, or full of himself like many people and fighters can be. He was always soft spoken, professional and helpful to others. He will be sadly missed in the fight world and even more so, as hard as it is to find these days, just an all around great person. My deepest condolences to his family and all who knew him.
RIP and God Bless you Evan.

D. Nadler


killer b said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:56 PM

wow

of course like many on here, i have never met evan and have only known of him for about the 4-5 years i have been a fan of mma. until recently i was very ignorant of what a descent record he had. however, what i did like about evan was that he seemed like a really cool guy. a 'nomad' as many have described. also he seemed like you're all american guy. he seemed like he would sit down and have a beer with just about anyone-man, woman, white, black, yellow, young, old, etc. and that is very respectable. he didnt care about the glits and glamour that mma has to offer. i watched a highlight reel today and all i can say is that he was a bad ass. a bad ass inside the cage and a person who loved others outside.

rip evan.


Dan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:56 PM

The good ones

Evan was one of the good ones, the kind of guy that was good for the sport that made people say "that guy is almost too nice to be a fighter". I didnt know him but will miss him.


Jeff said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:58 PM

ET-RIP

I am glad I got the chance to meet you in Vegas in June. You will be missed! Warrior through and through. I will always remember...


Ephram said, on: September 9, 2008 at 08:59 PM

Condolences

My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Evan Tanner. Evan will always be in our hearts. May the warrior rest in peace.


John said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:00 PM

The Man

I really enjoyed all of the action Evan brought to the UFC. He is truly a legend and its sad that his life was ended so short. I will miss you Evan and may God Bless you!!!!


Adrian said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:02 PM

A Gem

I've watched your fights, I've read your blogs and journals. Im a fan and always will be. Evan seemed like a real down to earth guy with unlimited potential. I think to most fans, he is an inspiration and I hope everyone remembers the man.


Dan Clark said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:03 PM

R.I.P

you are a true warrior and have been a great fighter i hope that you are in peace. R.I.P Evan my thoughts are with you


Bernard Barrios said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:04 PM

Evan Tanner... a class act... a legend!

As long as i have been a fan of the ufc, ive known Evan Tanner to be a soft spoken, super talented force of the game. He was always set apart from the over maniacal characters yet far more talented than most in my opinion. He was my girlfriends favorite ufc fighter to watch for many of the same reasons that I think he will be missed. With his superior attitude and inspirational thoughts, he will not be soon forgotten in our minds or hearts.


Jeff Curran [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:09 PM

Fighter

Man, i don't know what to say other than the world just lost a very good man and the sport of MMA lost a legend, a true warrior. My blessings go out to everyone who is close to Evan. God Bless....


ANGEL said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:10 PM

ENJOY YOUR NEW ADVENTURE

RIP BROTHER THE ONES THAT YOU INSPIRED WILL NEVER FORGET YOU


Miguel007 said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:11 PM

A True Man of Honor

Very few men today have a true humbleness about them, oh but you was a humble warrior!
You was very exciting to watch. Peace be with you.


Eric said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:11 PM

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You will be missed and always appreciated.


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R.I.P Brother! You were the very 1st fighter i saw when i turned on the TV one day. Your determination and ambition to concur and win inspired me. Thank you


TH3SH3PH3RD said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:15 PM

RIP

I love you Evan. I never knew you but, I do. You will be in my heart and thoughts forever.


Chris C said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:18 PM

FOREVER

Forever does not sound so long till someone is gone. You will be missed Evan. Forever.


Jerry Winn said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:19 PM

R.I.P. my friend

You will be missed more than you know my friend. I will remember our sparing days at the Maverick! Peace be with you!


Bmd said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:19 PM

Fund?

I hope there is a fund or drive or T-shirt fund etc for Evan's memory or favorite charity...i would like to donate in his honor. If anyone knows of anything like this please contact me.


Daniel said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:20 PM

RIP Evan

You will be missed. You're spirit lives on every time people help one-another. Thanks for all the great fights you have given your fans. My thoughts and prayers are with your friends and family.

An Evan Tanner fan forever,
Dan


Robert said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:21 PM

RIP

RIP


UFC fan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:22 PM

EVAN TANNER FOREVER CHAMP

i cant believe this tragic thing happened but you are not gone you will always be in my heart you will always be number the best and the champ in my heart i will miss you..

R.I.P.


Michael Hall said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:24 PM

Gone, but not forgotten

Evan was a role model to me and an inspiring figure in the sporting profession to pursue your dreams regardless of obsticles or setbacks. Evan showed true class in not only mixed martial arts, but manhood. Evan: man of words, man of action. You are missed but never forgotten.
**BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF ONE**


Dan said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:25 PM

The adventure never ends

A man who lived life as an adventure will find no end in death, only a new begining. Keep going Even never stop.


davidk said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:25 PM

GOD Bless Evan Tanner

The world was a greater place having you in it and Heavens greater for having you there now. Goodbye Champ


Daniel H. said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:29 PM

ONE

You are an inspiration to all, even my 19 month old son, Tanner Evan, Rest in peace brother Evan.


Mr Aloha said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:30 PM

A Hui Hou

Until we meet again CHAMP... Peace Be The Journey


gary said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:31 PM

Warror's never die they remain in spirit 4 ever

Evan lived life to it's fullest.The chase of a dream or quest is the most vigorating aspect in life.Evan rest in peace!!!


Archer0545 said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:32 PM

Legend

I will always be a fan, I never met you but I know I will miss you forever. You are an inspiration to the millions of us stuck in a day to day existence living a life we can only dream of. A true Legend


mike said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:33 PM

just a few words

Evan you were one of the first fighters i looked up to when i started watching mma. We all miss you and love. I hope u lived your life to the fullest and did what you wanted to do. You are gone but will never be forgotten.

- rock the heavens evan


rich said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:35 PM

Off to another adventure

I have to think that Evan is off to his greatest adventure yet, probably loving every minute of it. For his family and us fans...it is a very sad occasion. He was a personal inspiration of mine. He will greatly missed.

RIP Evan


matthew f said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:36 PM

thank u

It's sad we are losing one of the best fighter who walk on this planet and Evan Tanner thank you for everything you have done God Bless you


Daniel Miles said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:37 PM

Kindred Spirit

Hey Man if you can read or hear this I admired you and I understood you..God rest your soul and carry you on brother.......


Jeep said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:37 PM

Forever At Peace

Forever the champ...forever missed

Rest In Peace,Evan Tanner


Vijay Kumar [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:39 PM

Rest In Peace Evan

I am from India and I was a big fan of Evan Tanner. He was a source of great inspiration to me.

A life i judged by how it is lived and now it ends. And by that dictum, Evan tanner was a great man who lived a fantastic life and was a source of information for many.

Rest In peace Evan, i will always remember you.


Barry B said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:40 PM

The man, the memories

Evan you brought style and respect into one of the toughest sports in the world. Your life outside of MMA seemed to be even more exciting than how you fought. RIP


Justin Vick said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:40 PM

Looking Down

May God bless your family and friends during this tough time.


Chris C said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:41 PM

RIP

We're so fortunate to have had the chance to see you fight again, you will be missed. RIP


Rick furious [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:47 PM

RF

Man so sad to hear about this,i loved to watch him fight.Please everone remmeber that the wild is no joke and can be deadly if you dont respect it....Rip evan one day i will know as well


Shaw said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:48 PM

your legend begins!!

you will be missed in the mma world but surely not forgotten! rest in peace Evan





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