The Cageside Beat January 25, 2011: Strikeforce San Jose: Diaz vs. Cyborg

Join Brian and Mike for the newest episode of The Cageside Beat, the official radio show of Pro MMA Now. Brian and Mike will be joined by MMA analyst and publicist Phil Lanides.

Danny Acosta discusses “Fast” Eddie Constantine in new Evan Tanner documentary *VIDEO*

Our good friend Danny Acosta of FIGHT! Magazine was interviewed for the upcoming Evan Tanner documentary, “Once I was a Champion” (www.onceiwasachampion.com). Danny talks about the death of our friend and former ProMMAnow.com staff member “Fast” Eddie Constantine, the foundation now set up in his honor, “Fast” Eddie’s Fighters, and how it relates to some … Read more

Photo of Tanner’s campsite a metaphor

by:  Jack Bratcher

If a picture speaks a thousand words, this picture could possibly be looked at as a metaphor for Evan Tanner’s life.  When most people go camping for days at a time you would probably expect to see many more “necessities” at their campsite.  However, the word “necessities” meant something completely different to Evan Tanner than it does to most people.  In that regard, combined with his philosophy on life, Evan Tanner was somewhat of a modern day mystic.

This photograph was published today in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  It is a photo of Evan Tanner’s campsite.  Keep in mind this camp is in the middle of the desert; there are no shade trees, no running water, and over 100-degree heat.  Evan had all that he needed there.  He had his shelter, bedding, a folding chair, and transportation.  Also found were some sunscreen, a highlighter, and a notebook.

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Evan Tanner Memorial Planned

There will be a memorial for Evan Tanner held in Amarillo, TX on September 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Civic Center.  The Civic Center is located at 401 South Buchanan Street.

Flowers and cards can be sent in care of Evan’s brother, Jeff Tanner at 504 S. Harrison Street, Amarillo, TX 79101.  The family has also set up a memorial fund with The Amarillo National Bank. If you are interested, please email teamtanner@gmail.com for details.

Evan Tanner’s website has been setup so that friends and fans can post comments and memories.  If you have a special memory of Evan, a favorite fight, or just want to say a few words in memory of this very special individual please visit www.evantanner.net. Also, if you are not that familiar with who Evan Tanner was and what he meant to the sport of MMA, take a few minutes to read what others have written on his website.

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Remembering Evan Tanner – Tribute Video

Here are a few quotes taken from the hundreds and hundreds of friends and fans who have posted at evantanner.net. The world and the sport is a lesser place now that he is gone but is definitely a better place because he lived:

“Evan was his own man. He knew his path, and he walked it, as he will continue to walk in our hearts.”
“Those of us lucky enough to know our quiet thinking fighter will carry him in our hearts forever.”
“I will always be a fan of yours. You lived life to the fullest and I appreciate everything you did for the sport of MMA.”
“Believe in the power of One, right Evan? You are my hero. Thanks for everything you did to make me believe again.”
“You are an icon for the sport and will live in our hearts forever as a legend.”
“This is what Evan Tanner was – a warrior for the sake of being a warrior.”
“He was the frist fighter that I saw and he is the way I love MMA. My hubby Chris and I have a son who will be 4 years old on the 13 on this month and his name is Evan Tanner Appleby! You will be missed and loved!”

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Historic MMA Fights – Evan Tanner vs. Heath Herring

In honor of Evan Tanner, this week’s edition of Historic MMA Fights is a classic bout Tanner had with Heath Herring.  It was only Herring’s second pro mma fight.  You can really understand maybe one of the reasons Herring got the nickname “Crazy Horse” by watching this.  His style was wild and flamboyant.  The fight was held in Texas at Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 7 on October 18th, 1997.  It was Evan Tanner’s fourth professional mma fight.

It is significant because Tanner beat Herring on this night. However, it was Herring who three fights later, in Tanner’s seventh professional fight and his third of the evening, would serve him his first professional loss. Tanner fought seven times the year of this match, 1997 and he fought ten times the next year. Evan Tanner had seventeen professional fights before ever entering the UFC Octagon to become one of the most beloved and respected combat athletes of our time.

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