It was reported today that Evan Tanner was found dead in the SoCal desert. Tanner is the former UFC Middleweight Champion. Tanner had an overall record of 32-8 and was Middleweight Champion prior to the reigns of Rich Franklin and Anderson Silva. He was a tough dude. Hawaii’s own Kendall Groves carved a split decision victory over Tanner recently, but there was a reason it was split, he just couldn’t be put away. He took some cracks that lesser opponents would have quit but his performances were pure heart.
Tanner had planned a journey into the desert, a spiritual journey, and had undertook such treks in the past. On his blog, he hints at the possibility of how dangerous this one would be. Can’t say this was what he intended to be the outcome but I hope wherever his soul is, it’s resting.
Mahalo nui loa for the memories. You were a true warrior.
“It is a shame that in this society we’ve been taught to judge a man’s 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.”
– Evan Tanner