Luke Bushwhacker is our expert on MMA and sent us a retrospective commentary on the life of Evan Tanner. For those who don’t follow MMA, Tanner a former MMA-great, was found dead on a camping trip, as the L.A. Times reports:
“His body is discovered in a remote desert area of Imperial County. Authorities say he apparently ‘succumbed to the elements.”
Like Chris McCandless in “Into the Wild,” mother nature got the best of him. Please comment on your favorite moment of Tanner’s. Here is an exclusive feature from Luke:
If you haven’t already heard, the sport of MMA lost a true warrior yesterday, Evan Tanner. Though not all details have surfaced, it appears that Tanner embarked on a trip to the desert, ran out of gas, attempted to walk his way out, and ultimately was overcome by dehydration in the mountains near Palo Verde, CA. The unfortunate circumstances of his death mirror the manner in which he lived his life both in and out of cage, which was loose and on the edge.
Travelling in the desert alone is dangerous for even the most experienced of outdoors men, but Evan Tanner only did life one way. In the ring, Tanner was a throwback fighter, never one for a game plan he entered the ring with an “Anywhere, Anytime” attitude. His style in the ring screamed “Me Against the World” and he was very successful using it. He became the USWF Heavyweight Champ in 1997 and successfully defended his title seven times. He then headed off to the UFC, where he immediately faced Tito Ortiz for the light heavyweight title and lost, but he eventually took home the middleweight crown in 2005.
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File this one under possible Darwin Award winners for 2008. Some hick from North Carolina with no MMA, Boxing or fighting background thought it would be a great idea to enter into a pro wrestling tough man competition. The kicker is that it was a women’s tournament……things got ugly real quick. Check the video below. Full story here
Bringing Back the Bushwhackers
The UFC is considering a November return for Rampage and a bout against Wanderlei Silva. Are you kidding me? The guy is mental, there is no way he should be let back in the ring until he gets his head on straight, not to mention he’d get his head kicked in again by Wandy. Details are here, even more info from SI.com here
This week featured Clinton Rampage Jackson going ape-shit in Orange County
Nude Rock Climbers taunting you to look at their bodies
And Greg “The Snake” Norman leading the British Open by 2 strokes heading into Sunday’s round
Jose Canseco got debo’ed in a charity boxing event.
This really shocked us, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was arrested for a hit and run. This guy seemed about as calm as a bull in a china shop. He was taken down by police gunpoint in Orange County, CA. Yes, that’s the O.C., see Kristen Cavallari. Anyway, he fled like O.J., and took off in Southern California, after hitting a car. Rampge drives a monster truck and he’s also a brain surgeon. He knew he’d go incognito, without anyone noticing his wheels, with his photo on the side of his 4×4.
The police, see Chips, charged him with “felony hit and run and felony evading arrest.” This guy is amazing. This is a brilliant idea for how to build-out MMA, a sport that needs a major following. Bad press is good press for most, huh Rampage?
Update from TMZ:
Rampage was on the 55 Freeway in the O.C., hit two cars and got off the freeway. The chase was on. Rampage then began driving on the center divider. But it gets worse. According to the police report, Jackson then drove on the sidewalk, “causing pedestrians to flee for their lives.” He started driving the wrong way on a crowded street, colliding with yet another car in an intersection. As he continued on, running several red lights, his tire disintegrated and he began driving on the rim. Rampage eventually got to the exclusive Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, where he again drove on the sidewalk, “causing pedestrians to flee in terror.”
Eventually, his car came to a stop and he was taken into custody at gunpoint. Cops took him to the Orange County Jail, but they determined he was “medically unfit” to be booked. Cops won’t say if he was high.