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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Randy Couture discusses fight with Brock Lesnar

UFC Heavyweight Champion, Randy Couture has already started training for his fight with former WWE powerhouse turned MMA megastar, Brock Lesnar. The fight is being billed as the “biggest fight in UFC history” according to UFC president, Dana White and will take place at UFC 91 on November 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena … Read more

UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer airs live Sept. 17

UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer will air this coming Wednesday Sept.17 at 7pm CST on Spike TV.  The event will take place at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska.  Immediately following UFC Fight Night:  Diaz vs. Neer, will be the debut of The Ultimate Fighter season 8 on Spike.  I am sure it is … Read more

The TUF Coaches Countdown Show

by:  Jack Bratcher

Tonight (Fri. Sept. 12), The Ultimate Fighter Coaches Countdown show aired on Spike TV.  The point of the show was to give people an overview of Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the coaches of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, which debuts Wed. Sept. 17 at 9pm CST/7pm PST.

It is evident that Frank Mir has enormous respect for Nogueira and referred to him as one of his “heroes.”  He also said that he would not disrespect one of his “idols” by stepping into the cage any less than one-hundred percent prepared.

Nogueira also showed respect for the younger Mir, calling him “a very talented kid.”

One of the most interesting aspects of the Mir/Nogueira fight is that we have PRIDE’s top submission heavyweight facing the UFC’s top submission heavyweight.  Even though PRIDE is no more, this is still one of those big fights we never could have seen just a couple of years ago.

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War Machine gets the boot

UFC and TUF veteran Jon Koppenhaver (aka War Machine) has been released from his extensive contract for making some extremely untimely and ignorant comments about Evan Tanner’s death and for his refusal to fight an opponent offered to him by UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. War Machine is no stranger to controversy.  As many of you … Read more

The Fertitta Effect

By: Kelvin Hunt

So far the UFC/Zuffa has had another banner year in 2008.  They have accomplished so many things this year that a lot of it flies under the radar.  Things such as:

  • Holding their first ever event in Canada with UFC 83
  • Inking a deal with Bud Light
  • Signing a deal with toy maker JAKKS Pacific

That’s just to name a few things without even mentioning PPV sales so far this year, and gate figures breaking records at almost every new venue they hold an event in.  The majority of all of the things mentioned thus far was accomplished prior to Lorenzo Fertitta joining the fold full time at Zuffa.  However, not to be out done…a couple of BIG things have transpired in the few months that Fertitta has been at work.  Things such as:

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Dana White post-UFC 88 interview

Many people were left feeling bewildered after UFC 88.  How could The Iceman, the most popular mma athlete in the world and a knockout artist in his own right, get laid out cold by a TUF winner?  How was this possible?  People began to act and speak as if it “shouldn’t” have happened.

Immediately after UFC 88 and following the KO heard around the world in Atlanta, Dana White spoke with ESPN radio where he addressed some of these concerns and a lot more. Here is what the good friend of Chuck Liddell and UFC President, Dana White had to say :

  • In reference to the main event, White states “Chuck Liddell has never been knocked out like that, ever.”
  • He goes on to say that Rashad Evans felt Chuck “was at the end of his career” and was very excited about his match up with the Iceman.
  • White talks about a “changing of the guard” and how The Ultimate Fighter is “the real deal” for bringing in new talent.
  • Now we have TUF 1 winner vs. TUF 2 winner for the LHW title.
  • White says the LHW title fight would have been Rampage vs. Forrest in a rematch but his legal issues screwed the timing up. [Rampage instead will fight Shogun.]
  • Dana discusses his questionable eating habits that were displayed during his video blogs.

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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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