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Evan Tanner Considers Retirement

(Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly)

From his blog:

It was a long walk back to the dressing room after the fight. The doctor was there waiting on me, telling me I had to go to the hospital to get a CAT scan and stitches, letting me know they were giving me a medical suspension of 45 days. I was in no mood for that, and I know I was rude about it. I’ve known him for a while, but I don’t think I ever got his name. If he happens to read this, I would like to offer him my sincerest apology for my disrespectful behavior.

I was pissed off about the fight, f**king sad, f**king raging, on edge, all of it heavy with me, trying to maintain, trying not to explode. Camera men in my face, corner men, doctors, security, paramedics, friends, journalists, too many bodies crowding me, too many hands pulling me too many ways. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t breathe, standing there afraid of the man that would come out if I lost control…

Losing sucks. It’s been pretty tough the last couple of days. I’ve been keeping to myself. I haven’t felt like talking with anyone. I haven’t seen anything about the fight. I know I looked really bad. I don’t need to see it, or hear about it to know that. I’ve been having some serious health problems for a while now. They’ve caused me some problems in my daily life and have seriously affected my training. I obviously haven’t been the same guy in the ring.

I’m going to be taking a little time off to see a doctor. If we can’t get this health issue figured out, I’m done, I’m retiring. I don’t want to step back into the Octagon unless I’m 100%, and I can give the fans the type of fight they deserve to see.

There’s only one thing that can bring a man like Evan Tanner out of a funk this deep: A cross-country motorcycle trip.

From Tanner’s latest update:

My gypsy blood has been stirring. My bike is waiting for me down in the garage, and I’m ready to go. I have traveled most of my adult life. The road has always called to me…

I had been planning a motorcycle ride after the fight for some time now. I had no particular destination in mind, no schedule, no itinerary, no plans other than to point the front wheel to edge of town and just go. That was until yesterday when I remembered I have a good friend up in Oregon who is a doctor. I’m confident he can help me get myself right. Oregon is now my eventual destination…

I’m scheduled to lead a ride in Minnesota, later in July. It looks like I might be on the road until then. I was thinking about it yesterday. I’m going to be bouncing around all over the country. Why not make a tour of it, and meet up with as many MMA fans as I can while I’m on the road? So if any fight fans in California want to meet up for lunch or something as I pass through California the next few days, drop me a comment here, and I’ll try to hook up. Maybe we could just make this ride into an MMA fan appreciation tour. I’m down with that. I wouldn’t mind doing some riding and meeting some good people.

So, California Tanner fans check in — the man is available for meet-ups at In-N-Out Burger. And it would be cool if you picked up the check.

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teachbug- June 26, 2008 at 4:05 am
You know the more I read his words the worse it is.
On one hand I feel his pain, and I can even sympathize.
On the other hand..........this Bullshit about trying to keep it together "so afraid of the man that would come out if I lost control…"
DUDE the time for that OTHER man was while you were fighting! Where was that bad motherfucker of whom you speak, and fear? you shoulda let him out in the octagon against you opponent, instead you fought like an old washed up bum!
NOW as an adult and a professional you need to except that shit, and don't talk like your some young creep badass with an inner boogey-man, it makes you sound ignorant, retarded, and fucking nuts! You don't go around threatening people who are NOT trained MMA fighters with that inner badman bs! Get a damn grip on your life.
Yeah you need a road trip, and yeah you need to see a doctor....maybe a fucking head-shrink!
With all that said.......... you have had a great career, maybe it hasnt went 100% your way, but you have had more than some will ever attain, so stop feeling sorry for yourself, take your money, go ride, go meet some fans who love you, but don't talk that creepy inner-demon shit to them just to scare em into buying you a fucking cheeseburger.
I'd love to meet you Tanner, but I wouldn't put up with your inner-child silliness, I would buy the cool adult MMA fighter I use to respect a burger...fries, abeer...a steak, whatever HE wants.
ZEN my friend, get into it...or get Prozac for your trip.
Much love to ya (even tough love!)
Jason R- June 25, 2008 at 11:44 pm
Did anyone else notice how buff Tanner has gotten? Go back and surf his blog in 2006/2007. He used to be much smaller up top. I thought he looked like a well-built pissed-off hobo in that fight.
gracies suck ass- June 24, 2008 at 7:31 pm
guess the Kimbo beard technique didn't live up to the hype
Tino- June 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm
This man is a true American, a true Warrior.

I think this is the best thing for him. I too have a calling for the 'road' and understand what he is talking about, big spaces clear your head. If he hits the east coast I'd grab him a beer.

OLD FAN- June 24, 2008 at 3:49 pm
A great fighter. Stop beating your self up man. its not how many times you fall... I was a fan from your first ufc fight.
hah- June 24, 2008 at 3:26 pm
hope he dies in a ditch what a bum
Perennial- June 24, 2008 at 3:11 pm
Oh, he seems to be such a stand up guy.
I really hope he will meet some dandy fans.

Best of luck to you Tanner!
Mj- June 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm
"So if any fight fans in California want to meet up for lunch or something..." = i'll hang out with you if you buy me some food. is evan tanner the next rufus the stunt bum??
Aaron from alaska- June 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm
Well Tanner, if you are ever up this way (Alaska that is) you have some fans up here, we don't have In & Out Burger but we have some good places to get some grub
mike- June 24, 2008 at 2:19 pm
Evan Tanner is one of the coolest guys around. He's always been honest and speaks from his heart. I really hope the best for him.
Aryan- June 24, 2008 at 1:39 pm
Tanner is one of a kind. Hope he gets well.
Hattori Hanzo Gracie- June 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm
Never like Tanner but he'll be back.
A)Former champion of UFC with some name recognition
B)Once he gambles away all his show money he's gonna want to fight again.
Earl- June 24, 2008 at 12:39 pm
Tanner is a legend. I hope he can get healthy and comeback. 37 ain't old brother! In the meantime...keep the shiny side up!
mayhem042- June 24, 2008 at 12:35 pm
He was one of my original favs and I loved watching him fight. If he decides that is over than good for him. He had nothing else to prove and was a true pionner (sp?)
Good Luck Evan!!

Besides he rocked corn rows better than anyone!!
tusker- June 24, 2008 at 12:26 pm
evan tanner has always been, and always will be, one of my favourite fighters.

peace be with you, brother.
Warcraft- June 24, 2008 at 12:18 pm
I am a fan of tanner's he is will be greatly missed.
He said after the fight that he just didn't fell it.
He still put on a great fight even if its his last in the UFC.

Well at least you know he won't be bored. I bet hes have an crazy ass adventure right now I am so jealous.