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Evan Tanner Is Dead Broke

(“The picture above was taken at the end of a week and a half of hardcore Blackjack.” Ed. note: [*shakes head*])

Cue Debbie Downer. Evan Tanner posted another journal entry today about how he’s already lost all the money he earned from UFC 82, and is now completely broke. Like, broke to the point of digging through dirty laundry and storage boxes to find enough change to buy a can of off-brand tuna, which is all he’s been consisting on for days. Hungry, and without money to buy food. Like, homeless person broke. And why? Because he spent a week and a half in a casino trying to win enough cash to pay his bills and other debts, and ended up losing what little he actually had. And also? He’d do it all over again if he could.

The subtext here is that Evan Tanner has replaced the delusions and denials of an alcohol addiction for the delusions and denials of a gambling addiction, but I’m not sure if he’s made the connection yet. I’m tempted to just copy+paste his entire heartbreaking/infuriating story, but here’s the meat of it:

For those of you who don’t know, when a fighter competes in the UFC, the purse is usually broken into two equal parts. There is a guaranteed purse the fighter receives just for showing up, and then there is the bonus purse, the other half, the fighter receives if he wins the fight. I knew that if I won the fight, I would be able to get everyone paid back, pay off the invoices I owed for the Team Tanner gear, pay my web designer, and have enough left over to get me to my next fight. Well, as we all know, the fight didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I only got the guaranteed purse, minus the medicals and other deductions. Considering the amount of money I owed, this didn’t really leave me much money to work with.

What was most important to me, more important than my own comfort, was paying back the people that had helped me out, and paying off my obligations. It is nothing more than a man should do.

But then it hit me, the thought that I could take what I had left down to the casino, and that maybe, just maybe I would get lucky, and make enough money to pay the last of my bills. That’s what I did. I took my money down to the casino……And I did get lucky, lucky enough to think I was going to get it done. I played hard. I don’t do anything halfway. I put my time in. I was so deep into it that I lost reference. I went at is for a week and a half, staying up all night, playing blackjack for 24 hours straight sometimes, forgetting to eat, not wanting to sleep…

In the end, I lost not only what I had won, but the little bit I had started out with as well. So I spent a week and a half gambling, staying up all night, not eating, dealing with all of the emotional ups and down of winning and losing, and I don’t have much to show for it, except that now I’m broke, I’m feeling really worn out, I’m a little depressed, and my sleep scedule is backwards.

Now you may ask if I regret it, if I would do it differently if I could, if I would take it back. NOT A CHANCE!!!!! … I went for it. I put it all on the line. I always will. I knew what the consequences would be if I failed, and I was willing to accept them. So any of you reading who might be feeling a twinge of sympathy, don’t. I made my decisions, and I accept the consequences. I’m no victim. And to those who are thinking about preaching at me, don’t bother. I won’t hear you. I haven’t accomplished anything in this life worth remembering by playing it safe. That’s boring to me anyway.

Great accomplishment only comes with great risk. I’ll accept the crippling, gut wrenching disappointment of risking all, and failing, but only by putting my whole heart and soul, my whole being into something, will I have the chance to walk among the stars. Those who risk nothing, those who live their lives in fear, will never have that chance. Failure is not a sin. It’s being too afraid to even try, that is a sin.

…which I guess is a noble attitude, if we were talking about anything other than gambling in Vegas. Failure, according to my definition, is putting up your tuna money against the turn of a card, and for an addict, success means avoiding risky behavior altogether. Evan will undoubtedly relapse unless he gets into a program, with a sponsor, somewhere far away from his current situation. We hope he realizes that those who are “preaching” at him only want to save his life.

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yuntian- November 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm
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Bruckner- September 10, 2008 at 1:29 pm
You all like to talk shit but Im sure he could still beat the fuck outta all you when he was drunk AND broke...RIP Evan Tanner
Big Rich Uk- September 8, 2008 at 9:00 pm
R I P Mr Tanner and thank you for some thrilling fights i send my condolences to all and any of Mr Tanner's family, and would like to add that Mr tanner probably lived more in a few of his fights, putting heart and soul in to them than most of the reprobates that have commented above.

Once again condolences to the family

R I P Evan.....
Angel of Death- September 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm
Let me be the FIRST to say....that bitch is DEAD! ROTFLMFAO......I can kick his ass now! AHAHAHAHA

You should have brought water into the desert, not a deck of cards! See you at the burnng man you fucking Hippie!!! LOL

Peace out Bitches!
Total Package- September 8, 2008 at 12:32 pm
Doesn't matter now huh. ............RIP TANNER
Anonymous- August 29, 2008 at 12:54 pm
And it turns out the jokes on all you dumbasses. Yeah, he paid back most everyone, and decided to have a little fun with a SMALL part of what he won. 300 dollars if I remember. Wow, just shows how most people don't think and just jump to conclusions...
Dan- August 13, 2008 at 6:59 pm
He's telling his story, folks. He's not asking for contributions. What's your issue what he does with his life. Try minding your own business about another man's affairs. He's a great fighter.
Todd in Cali- June 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm
I concur with mags. You little queens sound like a bunch of old ladies on here. Sounds like a bunch of jealous wanna be's to me. Tanner'll figure it out.
mags- April 6, 2008 at 2:04 pm

not all great fighters are perfect little gym rat jocks with the perfect little family and support structure waiting for them at home. Bad decisions are to be lived with, learned from and improved upon.

He'll figure his shit out. But will it be too late is the only real question here.
Peterw- March 21, 2008 at 9:05 am
What a useless fuck, casino's aren't made to give you money, they are made to take your money.
Ronny Mac- March 20, 2008 at 11:40 pm
What a shame! Just when I taught this guy was on the road to recovery, he let the demons take over him again. The people he owe money to are not gonna give him pass after this incident. Unfortunately, you can't save those that don't want to be saved. Until they hit rock bottom, you can't do anything for him.
ur all gay- March 20, 2008 at 12:39 pm
easy for a bunch of pussies to say...try livin your life for fighting.Read about wes sims,ricco.alot of fighters go through rough spots.he could still kick all ur asses even with only shitty tuna.
Boneman- March 19, 2008 at 10:17 pm
Allot of things can be fixed or corrected....except being a DUMBASS !!!
Kim Couture is a cunt- March 19, 2008 at 9:20 pm tuna for 3 days
Kim Couture is a cunt- March 19, 2008 at 9:20 pm
NipGrip- March 19, 2008 at 8:36 pm
Yeesh, the way he tries to make it sound like he was really thinking of the others while he was gambling away their money. He sure twisted that situation.. Lost a fight and spent his earnings gambling for a week and a half instead of paying his debts. YOU ROCK DUDE!
Kim Couture is a cunt- March 19, 2008 at 8:34 pm
Ya know what, I have always liked Evan Tanner, I have always rooted for him and always wanted him to succeed through his problems, until today......

This guy is a fuckin loser. He is a whiny, snvely little suck as cry baby. We all have problems, we all have addictions, we all have vices, however we don't go blogging about it to a demographic that hits 18 to 30 yr old men. He needs to fuckin be a man or shut the fuck up. This fuckin schtick is OLLLLLDDDD. Either go do something about it Evan or fuckin shut up. You are a weak, broken recarod that sounds annoying and needs to be broken. Fuck off.
Jack McManus- March 19, 2008 at 8:30 pm
If he's ok with it, I'm ok with it.
pookysdabomb- March 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm
here is a hint...SELL YOUR FUCKING LAND CRUSIER YOU a 92 honda civic and be debt free! suck it up, you put yourself in that place, and fucked up all on your own! Now you have to own it
NipGrip- March 19, 2008 at 7:42 pm
"But then it hit me, the thought that I could take what I had left down to the casino, and that maybe, just maybe I would get lucky, and make enough money to pay the last of my bills. That’s what I did."

The apex of this sharking jumping fiasco.
fightfan- March 19, 2008 at 7:28 pm
I used to feel just a little bit sorry for him.....Not now. He is a fucking moron. Crying in his journal to anyone that will read, BUT insisting he wont change or doesnt want sympathy.... We all know that he figured that trying to trick people into thinking he could compete at a level tht is FAR FAR above what he fought at in his prime. He jus wanted the quickest $40,000 or $50,000 he could make and would do anything to get it.

What a joke! I hope he has started drinking again, which it sounds likes....unless a drunk can sit in a casino in front of other drunks, up 24 hours plus at a time, handle all his emotions of losing EVERYTHING he has at a casino.

Now he comes backs and cries into a journal....He is just hoping someone sends him money and feels sorry for him. Now he has nothing, what a moron!!!

I am done. My 2 cents and then some. Some people dont get a 2nd chance and this fuck up has to do this stunt to try and recoop his losses, well evreything
Old, Bald and Irish- March 19, 2008 at 6:23 pm
Toner Breath sez:

"Evan Tanner looks like a degenerate Chuck Norris."

Totally hilarious!

Tanner's like the Anti-Chuch Norris!
Old, Bald and Irish- March 19, 2008 at 6:14 pm
Let me be the first to say it....


You train for months, go into a cage and literally risk life and limb. Then, you take what little you get and instead of doing the "manly" thing of at least throwing a bone of some cash to your debtors, YOU BLOW IT IN A CASINO!

Hey Evan. The next time you feel like throwing money away, throw it my way, OK? I'll put it to good idiot!
Toner Breath- March 19, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Evan Tanner looks like a degenerate Chuck Norris. I highly suggest he retire or fight in some league where he can win.