EvanTanner.net has set up their front page to take condolences and comments from everyone. Here’s some of the best:
BOBBY BYTHEWAY said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:24 AM
The young Evan
I met Evan when we were in 7th grade. He was on a little BMX bike and he was about about half the size of me. Once we got to high school me and a friend of mine used to go to his house and hang with him and his brother. That is when Evan started getting big and became such an outstanding wrestler. He would run to school every morning with a back pack on just to train some more. He intoduced me to Mettalica. At the lake he would jump off of these crazy high cliffs and swim alot further than most reasonable humans would. He swam to an island in the middle of the lake. Why? Because it was there! That was Evan.
He fit more into life in 37 years than we will in 80.
Lee said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:08 PM
It seems so unreal that I woke up and read the news of your passing. I honestly don’t know what to say. I almost wrote a cliche’ “RIP” sentence, but I think you deserve more from someone you helped out.
I was going thru some very hard times last year. I emailed you thru this site just saying I hope you were doing well, and I couldn’t wait to see you compete again. You emailed me back with a long reply and sent me some autographed cards in the mail. That meant alot to me that someone who had accomplished so much, and had fame would take the time to talk to a nobody fan like me.
Thank you for always being you.
Frank said, on: September 9, 2008 at 02:24 AM
Sad Sad day
Last year I named my only son Evan. I`ve been a ufc fan since ufc 2. Every time he fought I told myself. I like that name “Evan” So did my wife and Evan it was. Thanks for the memories.
Jes Ortiz said, on: September 9, 2008 at 03:07 AM
I had never heard of Evan Tanner until just now. 230am Tuesday morning. I just read the article on MSNBC Sports and was so inspired by this man that I just wanted to say, “God Bless My Brother.”
Tim Maxwell [url] said, on: September 9, 2008 at 05:38 AM
Rest in Peace Brother
In a strange way I feel we connected during his most recent battle outside the octagon when I made the photoshop of him with the huge beard he had and his hair combed straight out side by side with Boss Ross, the painter from the PBC television series.
Evan enjoyed the humor of the picture so much he left it as his myspace photo for a couple of weeks. Granted I never met him in person but if I did I’m sure we would have shared a laugh over that.
Carey Fusco said, on: September 9, 2008 at 09:40 AM
My boyfriend had the honor of training with you for a few months. Those months were everything to him. You inspired him and pushed him in the most positive ways, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge and for being so kind. The little time he got to spend with you in the gym has had the most amazing effect on his entire life. You are missed and loved and will live in our hearts forever.
Brontis Shane Orengo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:18 AM
I had been writing Evan a letter for a while. I never finished it. We’ve exchanged a couple of brief emails here and there. He was always happy to reply and show that he appreciated what I had to say. I wished I could have gotten to know him. Really know him. But the funny thing is that Evan kept himself open and honest. He showed us all who he was. Sure the pieces of him that needed to stay private stayed that way, but he gave us all a clear view of the man he was.
He was a man that believed that a single person can change the course of history. Can add to it.
I was very skeptical about it. How can I change anything? How can I possibly add anything? Until very recently I started to understand. You don’t have to be locked in the history books to add change. You just have to add it. It’s not about waiting for the biggest moment. It’s not about waiting for a crowd. You move forward. You add your piece to history, whether it’s small or large, you Believe and you do it.
Evan once told me ‘Brontis, Believe. Get your blue belt.’ I’ve been slacking on this for so long.
Last week I had an adventure and I met some great people and I learned some new skills. I brought those skills home with me. I sat there and thought about where I am, where I had been. I sat there and started to feel sorry for myself for having wasted so much time. But then I thought about Evan’s words to me. ‘Get your blue belt.’ I had been making excuses. Saying my life was too crazy right now. Then I thought, my life will always be crazy. It’s not about waiting for the calm. It’s about doing what you can with what you have. I had made my choice and decided to rededicate myself. I’m already in the process of getting special training sessions set up so I can make up the time I’ve missed. I’m aware that it won’t be easy. I’m being realistic. But I’m going to try. If I fall flat, then I’ll get back up. That’s who Evan was. Someone that knew what it meant to get back up. Someone who tasted failure and thirsted to better himself. Someone who didn’t make excuses. I always felt bad for looking up to him. He would constantly say, “Be your own man. You don’t need someone else to lift you up to where THEY are. Lift yourself up to where YOU need to be.” I don’t feel bad for looking up to him anymore. Because now I know what it means to look over at him. He was a man. Like anyone else. He just Believed. In himself. In others. In the power of one. That’s who I’m working to be. That’s how he will be remembered.
I didn’t send the letter because I didn’t know how to end it. There honestly isn’t much I can say. So I’ll show it. My goals won’t stop. Evan, I’m getting my Blue belt, and then I’m getting my Purple belt, and my Brown and my Black. I’m not doing this because you’re gone. I’m doing it because I Believe. I finally Believe.
MAMA WOOD said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:45 AM
A TRUE WARRIOR.
You will live on in my heart and in my mind and it is my desire to keep your message alive.
On June 19, 2008, you wrote “Belief in the Power of One” is not about me, but it is. It’s not an ego thing, it’s not a look at me, worship me thing. It has nothing to do with that. It’s a statement to all of belief, the belief that each of us, each man, each woman, each individual, has the power to change the world, and it is a reminder to take responsibility for that power, and to make use of it. How will you choose to use your power? How will you choose to change the world?”
Chris said, on: September 9, 2008 at 10:56 AM
You will be missed!
I met Evan Tanner at UFC 71 in Las Vegas.
It’s funny because we had been running into some really big name guys all day long and yet I was most excited about meeting Evan and getting a picture with him. My wife didn’t really understand because being a very casual fan of the sport at best, she had no idea who he was. I spent the next 20 minutes or so elaborating on all the reasons I loved Evan Tanner and why he was one of my favorite people, let alone fighters.
I read his blog frequently. I remember being thrilled to hear that he was finally trying to kick his demons and then terrified that he might relapse after his fight with Okami only to read his very reassuring and inspiring blog post a few days later.
I think that’s what made Evan Tanner so special to me. I was rooting for him not only inside the Octagon but outside as well because he was just a regular dude, like all of us. He had regular problems like all of us. He wasn’t the biggest, fastest or strongest guy out there but win or lose, you knew Evan was gonna give it everything he had and that was always enough for me.
MMA needs more Evan Tanner’s.
We’ll miss you Evan.
Alex said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM
A great loss to all that knoew him!!!
Evan and I were friends from the first day we worked together at a little slaughter house in Amarillo, thats the type of guy he was, a friend to all and kind spirit. Over the years he would call me from far off places and tell me of the adventures he was having. Often saying that I should join him. Kinda wish I had in some cases. I remember his first MMA match at the Amarillo civic center and knew then he would go far in the sport. Not only did he go far he did things that no american had done in the sport. To his brother and family I am truley sorry for your loss and may god help you through these tough times. I want everyone to smile and shed no tears for that is what Evan would have wanted. God bless you my friend and thank you for touching my life with your grace.
Patrick Nimmo said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:14 AM
You Are Loved
Evan: I wrote to you during the recovery period of my ACL surgery because I was in need of encouragement. I wrote to you because I knew you were a fighter in the game of life. You took the time to respond and give me the encouragement I needed. I wish that I could have returned the favor. You have left this life with a memory of a man. A man who went his own way, but one who gave a part of his soul to many. I’ll never forget you.
Ryan Taylor said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:18 AM
I was lucky enough to have Evan join me and my friends at ufc 64….he was just a blast to be around. I’m from his home town Amarillo, TX and had an extra ticket to teh fights, and got a wild hair and emailed Evan through myspace. He replied back and went with us. It was the time of my life. He took pictures with us, gave me his sprawl shirt, signed cards and our tickets, and gambled with us afterwards. I still tell people about how awesome that experience was. Such a great guy, and more importantly a friend to me I believe. He was a hero of mine, and I’m truly saddened by this. RIP Evan…I’ll miss you buddy.
Monte said, on: September 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM
“You will be missed dearly”
Your Parker St. Posse will always love & remember you. I have so much I want to to say….but can’t. Although I didn’t know you as well as others, I felt close to you because of Dena E. She’d keep me up to date on what was going on in your life. Up…Down…around & round. I know you are at rest now and no longer have the burden of life’s troubles. Ride to live, surf with the dolphins, and believe. We will meet again on that highway in the sky. “You will be missed dearly”
Monte, Sharon, Josh, John & Dena.
Rob I said, on: September 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM
You sure made it a long way since those nights at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Tx. You told me you were going on a quest to live life to the fullest and I chose not to go. However I did live vicariously through you. You left us with fond memories and I am sure we will meet again some day. While you are gone from our world, you have simply opened the next chapter of yours. Take care Evan.