R.I.P. Evan Tanner
UFC.com has announced on their web site that Evan Tanner has passed away at age 37. The former Middleweight champion’s body was found on the Palo Verde mountains located an hour away from Los Angeles and San Diego. The cause of death has not been announced by authorities. Tanner was on a solo camping trip which he discussed on his Spike web blog prior to leaving. He said that any equipment failure could be fatal as he was heading deep into the desert.
Tanner was known for being a warrior in the cage who learned to fight by watching fight tapes and eventually became the UFC Middleweight champion by defeating David Terrell. He lost his first title defense to Rich Franklin. His last fight in the UFC cage was against Kendall Grove on June 21, 2008. He had recently returned to the UFC following a two year layoff.
Cageplay.com wishes to express its deepest condolences to Evan Tanner’s family and friends at this time.