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Evan Tanner

Evan Loyd Tanner (February 11, 1971–September 8, 2008) was an American professional mixed martial arts fighter. He was a former UFC Middleweight and USWF Heavyweight champion with a professional record of 32 wins and 8 losses. He was also the first American to win the Pancrase Neo-Blood tournament in Tokyo, Japan. Tanner won his first championship when he defeated Heath Herring at USWF 7, and went on to successfully defend that title five times. Tanner then won the UFC Middleweight title at UFC 51, stopping David Terrell with strikes in the first round. Tanner held notable wins over Phil Baroni(2x), David Terrell, Robbie Lawler, Heath Herring, Paul Buentello, Elvis Sinosic, Ikuhisa Minowa and Travis Fulton. Tanner was born in Amarillo, Texas and graduated from Caprock High School in 1989 where he won the Texas State Championships in wrestling as a junior and senior despite only entering the sport in his sophomore year of high school. Tanner attended college but dropped out because he felt that he was not receiving a "real world" education that he was searching for. After dropping out, he travelled the country and eventually returned to Amarillo where he entered a local mixed

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The Imperial County Sheriff's Department went on a frantic search to find former UFC champion Evan Tanner before his body was discovered in the desert yesterday.Tanner had gone into the California… READ MORE >

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