Evan Tanner Memorial On Saturday In Amarillo

September 24, 2008

Evan Tanner at UFC 53Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner was found dead on Monday, Sept. 8 in the mountain area outside of Palo Verde, Calif. He was 37 years old.

A memorial for Tanner will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. local time at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas, according to UFC.com. The Amarillo Civic Center is located at 401 South Buchanan Street.

Tanner was a veteran of more than a decade in mixed martial arts. He had a nomadic nature and independent spirit that cast him as a lone wolf. Tanner was a man that engaged life.


In his own words:

“Now you may ask if I regret it, if I would do it differently if I could, if I would take it back. NOT A CHANCE!!!!!  I went for it. I put it all on the line. I always will. I knew what the consequences would be if I failed, and I was willing to accept them. So any of you reading who might be feeling a twinge of sympathy, don’t. I made my decisions, and I accept the consequences. I’m no victim. And to those who are thinking about preaching at me, don’t bother. I won’t hear you. I haven’t accomplished anything in this life worth remembering by playing it safe. That’s boring to me anyway.”

– Evan Tanner, 2007