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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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John Galt    

I've seen quite a bit of Evan throughout his career. He seemed like a "unique" guy, but not crazy. I'm not surprised that a UFC fighter would put himself in such a dangerous situation. Hopefully it's not him though. He's far too young.

2214 days ago


What a great loss. Sad.

2214 days ago


How disrespectful can some of you be??

He had more heart and compassion for others than you'll ever know.

He was a true warrior.

ALOT of people are grieving his loss ... show some respect.

2214 days ago


ROCK 108 - Amarillo Eric Slayter is a Joke and is secretly Bi-Sexual, we all wish he would come out so he wouldn't have to travel to Dallas on weekends to express his female sexuality side. He will be in Amarillo forever and has grown to hate his life. His record store/head shop/skate board/low Rider bike depot all failed and Carmon his "big boned" main squeeze slept with his morning show partner last month and he is still pissed. That is why he was voted most hated radio personality in Texas and hated by all Amarillo residents. A Fast Lane looser maybe, BUT a Randy Shelton he will never be....

2214 days ago

Kim Rocks    

wikipedia already has the story on their site, it says that he died today.....

2214 days ago


his camp said it was his body they found go to to read for yourself

2214 days ago


Who ever they found in the desert R.I.P. i hope Evan is ok and he's in our prayers.

2214 days ago


i met Evan Tanner twice here in Amarillo when I worked in Radio and he came in to advertise with us. Solid guy and a man of his word! As for this Eric Slater guy from Amarillo Texas radio station Rock-108 everyone is talking about he is a 100% Jerk, lier and a thief... He carries a gun everywhere with him because he has so many enemies and I feel sorry for Eric Slaters lonely self. look out for E. Slayter he is the Devil.

2214 days ago


Evan will be missed in his home town in Amarillo. As for our local radio DJ Eric Slater of Rock108 all keep talking about i wish and all of Amarillo wishes he was in the desert dead instead of Evan. Eric Slater is an a**hole for real.

2214 days ago


Evan T and Team Tanner will be missed here in amarillo and around the world. As for this Amarillo DJ guy: "being in upper management in amarillo radio for years and years i have seen this Eric Slayter guy first hand and he is a the jerk of all jerks. he would go to another market but i hear he has tried for over three years to get another job, somewhere, anywhere with no available. Carma is now upon Eric Slater... Sad for Evan RIP

2214 days ago


You only make that kind of stupid mistake once.

2214 days ago

Mr. Kneebar    

WAR, Evan Tanner. RIP.

2214 days ago


I want to put a sign in ERIC SLATERS front yard that says:


But he won't let us, we tried !!!

2214 days ago


All the other websites are confirming he is dead , and that the body they found was his just google Evan tanner Dead and see all the repotrs that come up ...poor guy wow

2214 days ago


anybody who jokes on here about the guys troubles and past should rot in hell. ive met evan a couple times and he was a great guy and very personable. evan was not shy about his struggles and his true fans know what im talking about. he didnt look for sympothy or anything like that. evan was not a strange dude he was just misunderstood. he will be truely missed by his true fans friends and family god bless and rest in peace evan

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