Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner is ready to make a run at the 185-pound title one more time, according to a recent message on his Web site.
For the last few months, Tanner has provided detailed accounts about his dream to start a foundation that provides disadvantaged fighters with the tools and resources to become competitive.
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However, things haven't gone as planned. And Tanner feels that he — and the foundation — would be better off if he regained his title.
Here's a snip:
"Although I still plan on setting up the foundation, I'm going to be putting it's further development on hold for a little while. There is something I want to do first and I want no distractions. I think I'd be in a much better position to make things happen for the foundation as the UFC Middleweight Champion. I've been fighting for a long time and I may be getting a little older, but I'm not too old to still kick a little ass."
At 36 years old, some might argue that the sport has passed him by. But look no further than current Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture (43) and Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell (37) for proof that "old" dudes can indeed still "kick a little ass."
Tanner hasn't fought in more than a year — a submission win over Justin Levens at UFC 59 in April 2006.
Without a doubt, it'll be a challenge for him to get back into form and compete with the top guys in the division.
But it'll be great to watch if he can work his way back up the ladder. If nothing else, Tanner is known to leave everything he has inside the Octagon.
And that's got to count for something.