Friends and associates of deceased UFC fighter Evan Tanner have set up a tribute site at EvanTanner.net where fans can post comments and share stories. His manager, John Hayner, encourages people who want to do something in remembrance of him to do so “by doing something unexpectedly nice for someone who is in need.”
Over at Fightlinker they’ve posted an account of a time when Tanner himself did just that. They also spent the day reposting all their old Tanner stories, an exercise meant to highlight the good and the bad about him rather than whitewashing his troubles and his missteps. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s worth a read.
Judging by the outpouring of sadness and support on the tribute site and in our comments section today, it’s safe to say that Tanner made a lasting impact on a lot of people, in no small part because of his vulnerability and generosity, even at his lowest points.