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Fight of the Day: Evan Tanner vs. David Terrell

Evan Tanner‘s fight against David Terrell at UFC 51 (2/5/05) was actually his second shot at a UFC championship belt — four years earlier he faced Tito Ortiz for the light heavyweight title, but was knocked out via slam after just 32 seconds. After working up a 6-1 record in his next UFC fights and dropping down to middleweight, he was given the chance to fight David Terrell for the vacant middleweight championship. Despite Terrell hanging off his neck for a full 30 seconds during the match, Tanner was able to slip the guillotine attempt and move on top of Terrell, where he ground-and-pounded his way to victory. Unfortunately, he lost his title to Rich Franklin four months later. Tanner returns to the Octagon at UFC 82, where he’ll face Yushin Okami.

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R.ness- September 8, 2008 at 1:21 pm
RIP THE GREAT EVAN TANNER
James- February 5, 2008 at 8:33 pm
@ CagePotato: Tanner fought Ortiz at middleweight, and Ortiz eventually jumped up to Light Heavy.
NipGrip- February 5, 2008 at 6:29 pm
I remember seeing this fight back in 2005 and thinking that Terrell was super confident and came out guns blazing; he was sure to win. Then I was shocked to see Tanner's neck withstand that guillotine attempt and then being all O_O at the ensuing meat pounding that came at the expense of Terrell from Tanner's fists from above. It's as if Terrell blew his load early and Tanner took advantage of his "bewilderment" as Rogan put it.

Great fight clip, thanks.
Turdburglar- February 5, 2008 at 6:24 pm
WHA HAPPEN to the Soul Assasin?
Noah- February 5, 2008 at 6:02 pm
I know Tanner's got heart, he is a strong wrestler, but his strikes are lacking. I think the biggest question coming into his fight with Okami is, what hairstyle will Tanner have? That's really the thing that's going to decide this fight.
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