Evan Tanner died 3 years ago today. He was a great man, inspiring in so many ways. Self taught in MMA he achieved world champion status in the UFC and gave us an amazing fight at UFC 53 against Rich Franklin. He died, alone in the desert of dehydration and heat exposure after going off on a bike trek. A sad end to the life of a complicated but amazing person and a former champ. He was one of “those” fighters, you’d love him in any fight he fought, win or lose.
Ben Cartlidge wrote an amazing piece on Tanner, which I recommend you read!! Check it out here
One of my favourite Evan Tanner quotes is as follows:
It is a shame that in this society we’ve been taught to judge a man’w worth by what he owns instead of who he is. Everything is surface, and so few look beyond it. A man will sell his soul, he will lie, cheat and steal, for money. If he has it, he can buy respect. Wear the right clothes, drive the right car, have the right friends, , that’s all that matters. Our lives are consumed in a selfish, self absorbed quest for possessions, the latest and the best in a never-ending cycle until the day we die. We forget what it means to be truly human. We forget the things that really matter. We lose the magic of what life should be. I won’t live by rules that make no sense to me.
He will be fondly remembered by MMA fans all over the world.