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Memorial Day: Five Fallen UFC Heroes to Commemorate This Weekend


(Let me guess — ‘27 Dresses‘ was on TBS again.)

We’re just moments away from the official start of Memorial Day weekend, a sacred American tradition in which people across the country drink beer at backyard barbecues in honor of the brave men and women who have given their lives defending this country. While you’re giving it up for the military, please take some time to consider those who have passed on in the UFC. And don’t forget to come back to CagePotato.com tomorrow night for our liveblog of UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill

EVAN TANNER

A one-time middleweight champion of the UFC, Evan Tanner struggled with addiction and financial problems during the later part of his career. Tanner got sober in 2008, but died just a few months later during a fateful adventure in the Southern California desert. And though he didn’t always treat himself kindly, Evan left behind a legion of fans and friends who revered him for his generosity and positive attitude — much like TapouT founder Charles “Mask” Lewis, who also happened to be fond of the word ‘Believe.’

LOGAN STANTON AND NATASHA WICKS
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They were adorable, energetic, and clearly too good for this world. Former Octagon Girls Logan and Natasha were summarily fired after less than a year on the job, for no good reason. Though they still pop up here and there, the UFC ring girl pit is just a little less interesting without them.

RANDY COUTURE

(The Natural contemplates his own tooth after his loss at UFC 129.)

Randy Couture’s durability and longevity is the stuff of sports legend. But it’s time to face facts — he ain’t coming back from this one. After an awe-inspiring 14-year career, the 47-year-old says he doesn’t want to be the Brett Favre of MMA. Which is a good thing, since Megan Olivi gets enough weiner-pics texted to her as it is. (You can thank me and McCorkle for that.)

CHAEL SONNEN

Well, maybe “hero” is the wrong word for this guy. But until he gets re-licensed to fight, all we have left is a fading memory of Sonnen’s tenacious wrestling, verbal bombast, and tragic submission defense.

Honorable mention:
DANA WHITE’S HAIR, BOSTON ACCENT, AND ABILITY TO GET THROUGH A 30-SECOND INTERVIEW WITHOUT SAYING “FUCK”

Never forget.

- Ben Goldstein

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Bighouse- May 29, 2011 at 5:53 am
Probably should have just stuck with the picture of the BBQ CP.
Bighouse- May 29, 2011 at 5:52 am
Wow people taking shit a little to seriously. Is the line really gonna be drawn at Memorial Day? Did these same issues pop up when they did the "Best Reserection Fights" on Easter too?
Mir please break Brocks neck- May 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm
I 100% agree with DARKHORSE06.
SquidInk- May 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm
Oh, and Pen Fifteen, I'm guessing you're probably upset that Brian "Baby Killer" Stann won tonight.

Fuck off.
SquidInk- May 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm
SnackDaddy and Pen Fifteen, until you get your cheeto-eating keyboard warrior asses off the couch and go do something half as worthwhile as serving in the armed forces, keep your fucking mouths shut.
Bighouse- May 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm
I'm pretty sure Sonnan just said, Even Tanner was stupid, in that video. What a dick!! Mark 1:59
Paul-in-Reno- May 28, 2011 at 8:44 am
Darkhorse is right. My first reaction when I saw the title and picture was WTF? The reactions show that this site is still hopelessly liberal. Ever since the "good" Ben left for MMAFighting this site has seriously deteriorated. It still provides an occasional chuckle, though.
Pen Fifteen- May 28, 2011 at 8:29 am
Nobody tell darkhorse that terrorist hunting expeditions are not done for the benefit of "all Americans." I'm sure you think that spending money on drone planes that daily kill dozens of foreign civilians rather than, say, fixing our dogshit school system is a fair compromise though, right?
moomessa- May 28, 2011 at 12:48 am
"Ich bin ein Boston-er"
SnackDaddy- May 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm
Hey Darkhorse, find another forum to visit. This one's always been around to add a sarcastic touch to MMA news.
DARKHORSE06- May 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm
As a soldier, serving in Afghanistan, who's area just had 5 soldiers KIA over the past few days - This article is pretty fucking offensive.
Using the Flag and crying Eagle is just poor form. I know your trying to be funny and all, but equating Natasha Wicks departure with our real sacrifice is shameful. Find something else to be funny about, Memorial Day is a time to reflect on all the sacrifices men and women make on behalf of all Americans. Unfuck yourself CP.
BoCo- May 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm
Say goodbye to bad hair days by Dana "THE CHEAP ASS HIMSELF"!
SquidInk- May 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm
And Dana looks, and acts, like Moby in that clip.
SquidInk- May 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm
Stellar... two vapid skanks and a guy charged with money laundering up there with a reasonably (albeit troubled) soul like Evan Tanner.

Now tell me, what's wrong with this list?
TIME_TRAVELER_FROM_THE_FUTURE- May 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm
@fatbellyfrank
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LOL!
fatbellyfrank- May 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm
Dana with hair reminded me of a young Homer Simpson
Dante- May 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm
That Evan Tanner doc looks super sad.
TIME_TRAVELER_FROM_THE_FUTURE- May 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Yea what ever happened to Dana's Bahsten Accent?
KarmaAteMyCat- May 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Kimbos Beard is right I had lunch with Pedro once! He's out fetching me a twenty sack right now!
Kimbos Bread- May 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm
That wasn't Dana White. it was his Mexican doppleganger.
LET IT RAIN- May 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm
lmao, Logan and Natasha. yummay!
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