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Tanner’s Management Issues an Official Statement

Driving Force Sports, owned by Evan Tanner‘s manager, John Hayner, has issued this statement on Tanner’s death:

San Clemente, CA—September 8, 2008—The death of UFC fighter Evan Tanner, of Oceanside, California, has left the Driving Force Sports family heartbroken tonight.

News that the body of a man found in the desert of the Palo Verde Valley is that of Evan rippled through the fight community late Monday afternoon.

Lt. George Moreno of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department has reported that Evan set out treasure hunting on Wednesday, September 3rd, asking friends to call for help if he didn’t return right away. Lt. Moreno says friends called the Sheriff’s Office on Friday, and search and rescue teams looked for him throughout the weekend in temperatures up to 114 degrees. Lt. Moreno says the U.S. Marines used a helicopter to search by air this morning, finally spotting a body two miles from the campground where Evan’s belongings were found earlier. While a coroner has yet to confirm the body is Evan’s, the owner at the management agency Driving Force Sports in San Clemente says people close to Evan visually identified his body at the scene.

“Evan was a dear friend to us and an important part of the DFS family,” says Driving Force Sports owner John Hayner. “He was so much more than a fighter. He was an individual we appreciated and cared a lot about. He marched to a drum only he could hear, and he was happy with that—so were we and so were his fans. He worked so hard to get fans more involved in the industry and be a part of his team. He was the kind of guy who kept on trying every day to improve…not just in fighting but in his life as a whole.”

Evan was born in Amarillo, Texas. He was a state wrestling champion before becoming an international mixed martial artist in 1997. He won a number of important professional fights, boasting a career record of 32 wins and 8 losses. He was a UFC Middleweight Champion and also won the USWF Heavyweight Title. Evan was also a long-time member of Team Quest in Gresham, Oregon. Last year, Evan signed a four-fight deal with the UFC, and announced that he would not accept any corporate sponsorship. The only sponsors he accepted were from his exclusive fan club, “Team Tanner.” Fans loved his personable myspace page where he posted honest updates on his fighting and his life. Evan, our friend, is loved and missed.

“Believe in yourself. Believe in your own potential for greatness. Believe that you can change the world. It is something that is within each of us.”
–Evan Michael Tanner 1971-2008

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x- September 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm
yes i am slow... i dont understand the meaning of the word prolly? never heard it before.... can u please explain?

also didn't know that "Walking around in a desert will kill anyone, not just the lean dehydrated looking people".... because im slow.....

either way, tanner was a fucking idiot to go to the desert like that..... or do you disagree with me on that because im slow..... tell me vv?

did i offend u?
by the way, im in the middle of a CSI las vegas marathon, in the middle of season 7..... so ya, i think like grissom....... ha, you called it! you must be brilliant vv...... i bow unto you
DR X- September 9, 2008 at 12:26 pm
Heat + no water + drugs/Booze = death.
vv- September 9, 2008 at 5:36 am
X you must be pretty slow. That pictures from weigh ins, where everyone usually looks ripped and unhealthy. It's because he has no water weight on him and he's prolly been dieting. Tanner didn't look like that on his regular days or even fights the next day. He prolly walks around 10-15 pounds heavier atleast. Walking around in a desert will kill anyone, not just the lean dehydrated looking people lol. Everyones become fukin Grissom from CSI on these sites about Tanner. Heat + no water = death. How bout that?
Tanner4Life- September 9, 2008 at 4:00 am
This is BS!!! Why why!?!? Evan Tanner will be missed =**( RIP
kevin- September 9, 2008 at 2:26 am
Been watching UFC since it's beginning! Evan Tanner was always one of my favorites! I will miss those dreadlocks, shaved head or whatever hair style he came out with........what a GREAT fighter! The MMA world will surely miss his heart!
x- September 9, 2008 at 12:57 am
lookin at the photo above.... ya he looks shredded but not very healthy..... where is his body fat? just wonder if it was starvation or thirst that killed him? probably thirst, but lookin as lean as he does.... who knows?

no disrespect, seemed like a great guy....
r i p
Rich man poor man- September 8, 2008 at 11:36 pm
Evan was an original spirit in a sport that desperately needs original, sincere personalities. He exemplified the free spirit and reached the highest pinnacle of a sport few in this world dare enter.
He'll be missed but will always live on in mma fans' minds. RIP Evan Tanner.
Angry One- September 8, 2008 at 11:04 pm
dandaman you are a douchebag.
Dr.- September 8, 2008 at 11:03 pm
Truly, a sad first thing to read on CP this morning. I never met him but I liked him and wished him all the best after the disappointment of losing to that piece of shit, Da Asspider.

RIP Evan. You'll be missed . I really didn't want to hear this go down.

God's Outlaw- September 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm
Terrible, terrible news. As Skidding says "Hearing of famous people dying in the news usually never affects me."

Tanner was always my favorite fighter. Not since Johnny Cash's passing did I feel an empty feeling in my heart like this.
Tanner Fan- September 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm
Terrible news. He was such an original in the world of MMA.
toyn@rbdmma- September 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm
very sad. the ufc's mountain man will be deeply missed.
dandaman- September 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm
"While a coroner has yet to confirm the body is Evan’s, the owner at the management agency Driving Force Sports in San Clemente says people close to Evan visually identified his body at the scene."

faked his death to get out of his ufc contract...hmm, someone get me couture's number
skidding- September 8, 2008 at 10:13 pm
I will miss him, and remember how he inspired me. There was no pretense in him. Hearing of famous people dying in the news usually never affects me. But this really put me in a sour mood