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Evan Tanner

Born: 1971-02-11 - Died: 2008-09-08
Cause of Death:
Heat Exposure


Death Summary: Evan Tanner decided to go camping in the desert-like region north of Brawley, California with is recently purchased dirt bike.

On his trip Tanner ran out of gas and called his manager to inform him that he would be walking back to civilization. With temperatures reaching 114 degrees that day, friends and family got worried and reported him missing.

His body was discovered by a Marine helicopter on September 8, 2008, the official cause of death was ruled to be heat exposure.

Who was Evan Tanner : Tanner was a professional mixed martial arts fighter, a former UFC Middleweight and USWF Heavyweight champion. He had a professional record of 32 wins and only 8 losses. He was the first American to win the Pancrase Neo-Blood tournament in Tokyo, Japan.

Tanner defeated Heath Herring at USWF 7 to win his first championship, he went on to defend the title 5 separate times.
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12 Signatures in Evan Tanner's guestbook

  1. Shane Wampler Says:

    Evan, You were “One of a Kind” and a “Natural.” You were always determind and if you wanted to conqueor something, consider it done. You always gave 110% at whatever you did. You will be missed Evan. Your a great Champion

  2. Tharen Hathaway Says:

    You have always made your friends very proud. Very missed, never forgotten.

  3. carlos Says:

    I am very sorry about his death. He seemed to be to be a great human being in addition to an exciting fighter. His name indeed will be missed by all that knew him even. May he rest in peace !!!!

  4. Ryan Dick Says:

    Evan you were a great adventurer, thinker and true humman being who allways was honest about yourself and your struggles and triumpths. You were for lack of a better word “Real” I know you were allways seeking knowlede and insight and was a minimalist at heart. I pray that you have found the answers you sought after with every bit of passion with was enormous and that you are completely at home. I will miss you man.

  5. dennis caughey Says:

    he was a true legend of the sport he will be missed but not forgotten

  6. Joshua Cline Says:

    He was a great person and a great champion. The world has lost one of the best! you will be sadly missed. My prayers go out to you and your family. Rest in peace.

  7. MIKE BANISTER Says:

    I HAD NO IDEA THIS HAPPENED. HE WAS A GREAT FIGHTER & A GREAT CHAMPION, PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY.

  8. Sherell Says:

    wow, you were a tru-warrior… You go boy!!!!

  9. raymondchwa@aol.com Says:

    evan tanner r.i.p. you were a nightmare in the octagon as big john says.impresive mma.crushing elbows.what wer you doing in the desert?

  10. Joseph Rey Ganaba Says:

    my condolence to the ufc fighter… my you find your life rest in peace

  11. Menkir Says:

    when i first heard of matt mitrione iuogthht this guy must be a real asshole cuz his nickname is meathead but when i saw his interviews i was quite surprised how much of a nice guy he turned out to be

  12. Ethan Says:

    Evan, you’re the man. Your words were so inspiring, and you lived what you preached. You were such an interesting guy to listen to. Know that you’ll never fade from the hearts and minds of the people you affected in your life. You taught me to always believe in the power of one. Rest in peace, Evan Tanner.


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