Former champ Evan Tanner steps into the Octagon ... alone

Evan Tanner

Props: EvanTanner.net

Quoteworthy:

"I stepped up into the Octagon, under the lights, the canvas cool against the soles of my feet, the quiet of the arena echoing off row after row of empty seats. I stood there in silence, honoring all of the warriors who have stood that ground, and offering a silent prayer for those who will stand there in the future. I paid my respects to whatever gods of war may be, knowing that I would soon be standing this field again, heart pumping, blood coursing, lungs burning, ......battle raging."

He'll do it for real when he returns to fight Yushin Okami at UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" on March 1 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Fitting title for the former 185-pound titleholder.

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