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Evan Tanner Tribute Site

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.

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Matt- September 10, 2008 at 11:01 pm
I ran into this. thought I would post a link here. he was a great man rest in peace Evan. http://www.myvideofight.com/video/ufc/evan-tanner-unreleased-video/index.html
PAT- September 10, 2008 at 1:10 pm
REST IN PEACE EVAN. YOU ARE SADLY MISSED. EVAN TANNER WAS ONE OF THE FIRST FIGHTERS I SAW WHEN I STARTED WATCHING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. BECAUSE OF HIM, VITOR BELFORT AND RANDY COUTURE AND MANY OTHERS, I BECAME A BIG FAN. NOW I'M HOOKED. I WILL MISS HIS PRESENCE IN THE UFC. I AM GLAD THERE ARE VIDEOS OF HIS MATCHES THAT I CAN ACCESS AND WATCH. MY SYMPATHIES GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND FANS. REST IN PEACE EVEN.
ZUMA- September 10, 2008 at 1:10 am
I've been a UFC fan from the beginning, but I really didn't have a favorite fighter I followed until I discovered Evan. To me his style defined the middle years of the sport. Sunday night I was showing a friend of mine who is new to the sport dvds of Evan fighting. Sadly the next day I heard the news. Following his blogs you felt like you really knew him. Evan seemed like a person who genuinely cared about people. He was humble, down to Earth, and was tough as nails. Most people I talk to have only followed UFC since Spike started airing it and know nothing about Evan. I was part of his online group for people that wanted to quit alcohol and drug abuse. His story inspired many to follow his lead. It really feels like I've lost an old friend. May he R.I.P.
Manj- September 9, 2008 at 3:12 pm
From what I know and read about Evan Tanner he was a nomadic warrior in and outside the ring!!!! A lover of life and adventure who truly lived life to the MAX!!! I'm a MMA fan from the UK and have friends all over Europe and beyond - and believe me when I say - Evan was loved, respected and admired by peeps from all over the world.

Not only was he a familiar face of MMA - but his words, life experiences as well as fight videos truly inspired many people from all walks of life!!! Lets not remember his unfortunate death - but the way he lived his life. He is a true American legend and an example of how strong the human spirit can be. Someone should write a biography to tell his story!!!

Rest in peace bro xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
God's Outlaw- September 9, 2008 at 11:13 am
Obviously, there are some people out there that didn't find it interesting to follow his blogs. All of a sudden they get witty and want to debate his life.

Not worth it man.

Tanner was his own man, made mistakes sure, but look how many people's lives he's touched in a positive way. Whether it's inspiring them to quit drinking or amazing them with his honesty. I think that is a measure of a man. Not his fights nor his sins.

Thanks, Evan Tanner, for showing us what a true warrior is.
Vagibond- September 9, 2008 at 9:13 am
So before I throw out my rant I'll state two things. One, I am by no means an Evan Tanner hater, I loved watching him fight whether he won or lost because he always put it all out and never gave up (That Franklin fight was intense, any other man wouldve stopped). Two, I do tend to be someone who lacks emotion or care and have been told that by many people (especially girlfriends lol). Anyways, heres my question. Why all this crazy boo hoo sadness? the man was by no means a role model. He gambled, drank too much, spent all his money and was by many means insane. I loved his fights but, If I had to guess how Evan Tanner would have passed, it would have been something like this. You seriously believe the man has been sober? that is doubtful. The power of one, Evan Tanner? I am very confused wtf that even means. Anyways let the hate begin.
Surf- September 9, 2008 at 8:36 am
I was and still am shocked by Evan Tanners' death. I was a fan of his more outside of the ring than in, altho I did enjoy many of his fights. I can remember rooting for him so hard during his fight against Kendall Grove. Due to the way the UFC deals with its fighters and the unspoke rule of "3 and out", I immediately began missing Tanner and all that he brought to the game. How sad it is to even think that it would be the last time we would see him. I'm sure all fans of MMA will mourn his death. A veteran of the cage who helped usher in MMA is now gone and will never be forgotten.

R.I.P. - Evan Tanner
Perennial- September 9, 2008 at 8:34 am
I couldn't care less when people die actually.
But, Tanner was one of does which made me care. Such a waste...
sol- September 9, 2008 at 6:49 am
I was talking to my brother about this all earlier and I just remembered the recent story about him gambling all his fight money from the Okami fight away because he thought he would win.

Then I remembered that most of the comments on that or most Evan Tanner in distress stories seemed to be more focused towards being annoyed at him for messing up rather then just generally being annoyed by him.
Anonymous- September 9, 2008 at 5:15 am
spell "vagabond" right, FAG.
IllegalUpKick- September 9, 2008 at 2:41 am
It's simple Vagibond, not all great people lead great lives. No one is perfect, every person that's been considered "great" in history is human, and made mistakes in their life-time.

Why it becomes sad with Tanner is that even though he was open about all his problems (which could be seen as admirable in itself), many people have come to realized that his good qualities were so great that he actually made a positive impact on their lives.

Tanner is a very strong individual who lived his life while not sacrificing the person he was to impress others.

You shouldn't say things like "You seriously believe the man has been sober?" because there is absolutly no evidence behind that statement, what if he was? We're never going to know so it's probably better to say nothing.

RIP
skidding- September 9, 2008 at 1:57 am
I must be a pussy because I cried watching the highlight reel of him.
Jim- September 9, 2008 at 1:09 am
I remember reading about his plan to clear his head by a cross country motorcycle run, I wish I could have seen the outcome of that Journey.

RIP MAN
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