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UFC Fighter Found Dead

9/9/2008 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner went missing in the California desert and his body was found yesterday.

Law enforcement tells us the 37-year-old went out into the desert near San Diego last Friday. That same day, Tanner sent a text message to a friend that he was out of water and needed help. There was a massive search that ended abruptly yesterday.

Tanner blogged last month he was going to the desert because of his friends talking about "treasure hunting and lost gold, and my own insatiable appetite for adventure and exploration." Tanner continued, "I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment could cost me my life."

Tanner's song of choice on his MySpace page was "Guaranteed" by Eddie Vedder from the movie "Into the Wild." The movie was about a guy who goes off into the wilderness against the advice of everyone he knows. Guess how it ended.

Tanner was featured on Spike TV's, "The Ultimate Fighter." He lost his last bout in June at the Ultimate Fighter 7 finale.

Cause of death is undetermined.

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gorefest    

first post

2179 days ago
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gorefest    

suicide?

2179 days ago
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dd    

That sucks. Wouldn't be the first time a person miscalculated how much water they'd need in the desert and paid dearly for it.

2179 days ago
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gorefest    

yes it was

2179 days ago
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Jose    

I doubt this is suicide, that would not be something I would expect from Tanner. Also, he tried to ask a friend for help, and a suicidal person wouldn't likely do that.

2179 days ago
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Billy Boy    

Don't screw around in the desert, kids. You'll just end up target practice for some Mexicans.

2179 days ago
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Hurts    

Anyone who follows UFC will tell you this guy is a wack job. Good fighter not great but soggy as a wet biscuit upstairs....lol Are they putting something in the energy drinks ?.....First Rampage now Evan. Who's next ??? Hope his crazy ass is ok and it turns out to be a chunk of meat he was going Rocky on....lol

2179 days ago
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Jeff Dranetz    

A case of fatal hubris.

2179 days ago
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trippyhippy    

Evan has gone through alot of personal drama in the last few years. He seemed to have been fighting some inner demons. So sad.

2179 days ago
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bobbyozone    

...a mans got to know his limits.

2179 days ago
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Brady    

They found his body, he is dead. Check google news.

RIP Evan Tanner

2179 days ago
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kelleyblue    

WTF! i love this guy! bummer.

2179 days ago
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Twinker    

One less vote for John McCain

2179 days ago
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Jon    

HE WAS FROM Amarillo, Texas. My good friend there radio D.J. Dena E was good friends with him since grade school. I had the nice opportunity to meet Evan three times. HE WAS A CLASS ACT AND GREAT HEARTED PERSON. Amarillo and all his fans will greatly miss you Evan and know your smiling down upon us. "See you on the other side", Evan...

2179 days ago
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Joe Mama    

that sucks

2179 days ago
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