Friends and Fans Reflect Tanner’s Impact

The continual outpour of reaction concerning the untimely death of former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner yesterday shows just how much of an impact he made with those that were involved with and followed the sport of mixed martial arts.

Tanner’s official website has been turned into an online memorial by his family, friends, and associates. Everyone is encouraged leave comments detailing their thoughts on Evan’s death, career, and life.

Chris Nelson of Bloody Elbow, which has had a bunch of coverage concerning Tanner all day long, has set up a petition formally asking for the posthumous induction of Evan into the UFC Hall of Fame. I’ve signed and I hope everyone else will as well.

Major props have to go out to our friends at Fightlinker, who have spent the entire day honoring Tanner by re-posting all of their old stories about him. Ryan Harkness’ thoughts on Tanner’s life and death is a must-read.

New details regarding Tanner’s death have been minimal today. Imperial County Sheriff’s Lt. George Moreno stated this afternoon that Tanner was found yesterday about two miles from his campsite in a remote area of the Palo Verdes Mountains. Temperatures in the area had reached up to 110 degrees over the weekend. According to Moreno,  a preliminary coroner’s report suggests that Tanner died of heat exposure.

The UFC has yet to release an official statement on Tanner’s death other than a story that appeared on their official website late last night. Kevin Iole is wondering why. Tanner’s manager has released an official statement here.

More reaction:

AP: Ex-UFC champ found dead in SoCal desert
Sportsnet:
LA Times: Ultimate Fighting champion Evan Tanner found dead
MMA Weekly: The Many Faces of Evan Tanner
Elias Cepeda: Tanner was at his best with fans
Kevin Iole: Tanner marched to his own drummer
Joe Rogan: Evan Tanner has left the world a little less interesting
Steve Cofield: R.I.P. Evan Tanner
Kid Nate: Remembering Evan Tanner
Chad Dundas: A Eulogy For Evan Tanner
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Ex-Caprock wrestler reported dead

Last but not least, here’s a moving video tribute that has popped up online. Definitely the best one that I’ve found out there so far.

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