MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Evan Tanner Found Dead in California Desert

Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner has been found dead in the Palo Verde mountain area of the southern California desert. The news was confirmed with Tanner’s manager, John Hayner, who said he learned just an hour ago that the body found was indeed Tanner. He was thirty-seven years old.

“He was in a real positive state of mind, he wasn’t having any drinking problems or any of those types of problems. He was really feeling good about his life,” Hayner told CagePotato.com.

Hayner said that Tanner had gone into the desert on a motorcycle expedition and had run out of gas. Tanner was attempting to walk out of the desert, Hayner said, but apparently didn’t realize how far away from civilization he was and died of exposure in the triple-digit heat. Tanner’s empty campsite was spotted Sunday, and an aerial search located his body earlier this afternoon.

A post written by Tanner on his Spike TV blog told of his planning for the trip, and emphasized his desire to bring only essentials in his escape to the solitude of the desert:

I’ve been gathering my gear for this adventure for over a month, not a long time by most standards, but far too long for my impatient nature. Being a minimalist by nature, wanting to carry only the essentials, and being extremely particular, it has been a little difficult to find just the right equipment. I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment, could cost me my life. I’ve been doing a great deal of research and study. I want to know all I can about where I’m going, and I want to make sure I have the best equipment.

Hayner told of a man who “marched to a beat only he could hear,” but maintained a positive outlook on life.

“Here was a famous UFC fighter who didn’t have enough food to eat at times. I’d call him just to make sure he had food in his fridge, but he never let it get him down. Starting over was kind of a theme in his life. He hardly ever lived in the same place more than six months,” Hayner said. “He moved out to Vegas and then found it too shallow for him, so he moved out to Oceanside and had a great place, he was learning to surf, and he was really enjoying his day-to-day life.”

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Remember The Power of 1- February 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm
Never Forgotten... Rest In Peace Brother... I'll see you when my rides over...
mma fan- April 9, 2009 at 1:11 am
gee 10 inches , you should have a little respect. yeah the guy was reckless, but he's dead ...have some respect.

Anonymous- April 9, 2009 at 1:09 am
these guys live on the edge. you gotta be to compete in mma. what a terrible way to go, by yourself in the 100 degree heat in the desert.

rip
10 inches- March 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm
i dont pitty these idiot fucks that tries to defy nature or be as one with it.. 1 less dumb fuckturd i guess. Natural selection? or naturally stupid? doesnt matter anymore.. dumbfuck is dead! lol
2 The Xtreme- February 23, 2009 at 8:27 pm
DAMN! Evan Tanner will always be remebered as one of the baddest, toughest M.F.'s in the UFC! He was definately a fan fav!!!! Anyone wanting to hate on him or discredit him...FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!! He'd kick your ass for sure!!!!!!!!! It's very sad and I hope we, the true fighters keep his legacy alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous- February 15, 2009 at 3:05 pm
From A fellow Martial Artist. Rest In Peace My Brother And May God Bless The MMA Community
Anonymous- December 27, 2008 at 3:57 pm
Damn he should have watched man vs wild
A fan- December 20, 2008 at 6:07 am
I didn't know him ...I didn't even know that much about him...Why do I feel such a great loss?...could it be because he was great,win or loose he'll always be a winner...R.I.P.
Dr. O- December 15, 2008 at 6:12 pm
There was something about Evan that made most of us cheer for him. He would not give up the fight. Evan reminded us of how tough we once were. He just never quit. What would he do today if he had another chance to carry on the battle of life? He would probably teach philosophy at Havard and take holidays in Africa helping to save orphans. He will be in more than one "Hall of Fame". My best wishes to his family. We miss Evan too.
TxKoppur- December 3, 2008 at 1:12 pm
Ranger 03....... Amen Brother! This man was on of the best. I had the pleasure of meeting him and I will never forget how well he treated me! RIP Bro!
za- October 25, 2008 at 1:53 pm
yo its za man ths is really sad and my heart goes to evans family. yo all my mma fight go to him hay rest in peace in heaven bro
pooch- October 25, 2008 at 3:53 am
What a methodical death? Peace to you in your spiritual journey to the right side. Keep your head up brother..
Josh Kicks- October 10, 2008 at 4:06 am
What an awesome person.. with an awesome soul. God bless you!
robert teron- September 26, 2008 at 3:53 pm
not to be forgotten..U will always be a legend!!
trav- September 21, 2008 at 10:20 am
wow...dont know what to say..i just found this out tonight...im blown away
soares- September 20, 2008 at 5:12 pm
I lost words when i first found out ... Evan was the verry first UFC fighter i ever saw fighting NEVER BE FORGOTTIN. R.I.P.
Fighting Irish- September 20, 2008 at 3:47 pm
Evan you where a tough son of a bitch. Rest in peace brother, you'll be missed
mike- September 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm
thats shits fucked up tanner was a great middle weight RIP tanner
jason- September 19, 2008 at 8:29 pm
Hate to say it but I bet he was riding a p.o.s Harley-Davidson! R.i.p Evan, you are a true bad-ass!!
kyle- September 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm
Evan tanner was truely a great man. Not just a fighter. He will be remembered forever
Derek- September 19, 2008 at 5:08 pm
Its kind of funny that the last fight he had i watched and had the strange feeling it was his last..didnt expect it to be like that though..evan tanner wasnt the smartest guy,he often times didnt even keep food in his fridge and his friends would have to make sure he ate.i will miss him as a fighter but people who arent smart enough to bring enough water or gas should not be in the desert.thats what happens .now if only we can get rampage jackson to the desert..sorry if it is cold and heartless but he did do it to himself..i feel bad for his childern if he has any though..
Marv "BigDaddy Cool" Davis- September 19, 2008 at 1:32 am
My heart goes out to all the survivors of Evan Tanner as I sit here with a heavy heart myself feeling as if I have lost someone who was my own personal friend. R.I.P. Evan we will all miss you
Michelle- September 18, 2008 at 1:12 pm
R.I.P Evan Tanner , You were a great fighter and one of the best. My heat goes out the Evan's Family.
with god now- September 18, 2008 at 3:39 am
EVAN IS AT REST WITH GOD
WE MUST PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY AT THIS TIME
God bless them
matthew- September 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm
EVAN TANNER WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE FIGHTERS IN THE UFC AND FRANKLY ONE OF THE BEST EVER TO STEP INTO THE RING….HE WOULD TAKE ON ANYBODY AT ANY TIME…WIN OR LOST HE ALWAYS DONE HIS BEST….YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED BY EVERYONE ESPECIALLY ME…REST IN PEACE BIG MAN,AND WHERE EVER U ARE NOW DON’T BEAT UP ON THEM TOO BAD……….