"I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment, could cost me my life."
Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner predicted his own death over two years ago, when his body was discovered by the Imperial County Sheriff's Department in the mountain area of Palo Verde, California.
Tanner, 37, was a pioneer of the sport who had his own unique approach to fighting and to life. He was an adventure seeker, documenting his travels in great detail on his personal blog after overcoming a dark period in his life and a battle with alcohol.
His life was an open book, which either turned fans in his favor or against him. Tanner didn't really care one way or the other how people felt -- he did things his way.
Not surprisingly, his life became the subject of a recent documentary titled "Evan Tanner: Once I was a Champion" which debuted last night (Thursday, April 28, 2011) and Middle Easy was there to capture the reviews and fan reactions to the story behind the champion:
Tanner returned to the Octagon in March of 2008 to recapture some of the glory from earlier in his fighting career; however, he lost his first two comeback bouts.
He decided to take some time off and address some injuries that had been hampering him for several years. In the meantime, he continued his nomadic ways. While terribly tragic and entirely premature, it's perhaps a poetic end for one of the most eccentric fighters the sport has ever known.