34-8-0( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 17 fights.
Record: 34-8-0
Summary: Good ground work, powerful knees and leg kicks

Fighter Info

From: Amarillo, Texas USA
Age: 37
Height: 6' 0" ( 182 cm )
Weight: 185 lb ( 84 kg )


Total Attempted Strikes
60% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
42% Ground
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
46% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Kendall Grove Jun 21, 2008
59 0 1 1 R3 Decision - Split
Evan Tanner 27 3 0 1
Yushin Okami Mar 1, 2008
26 0 0 0 R2 KO/TKO
Evan Tanner 19 1 0 0
Evan Tanner Apr 15, 2006
10 1 2 1 R1 Submission
Justin Levens 2 0 1 0
David Loiseau Oct 3, 2005
13 0 0 0 R2 TKO - Doctor's Stoppage
Evan Tanner 15 3 2 8
Rich Franklin
UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
Jun 4, 2005
97 0 1 0 R4 TKO - Doctor's Stoppage
Evan Tanner 25 1 1 0
Evan Tanner Feb 5, 2005
19 0 0 1 R1 KO/TKO
David Terrell 4 2 1 0
Evan Tanner Oct 22, 2004
6 0 1 0 R1 Submission
Robbie Lawler 3 1 0 0
Evan Tanner Jun 19, 2004
73 5 0 1 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Phil Baroni 23 0 0 0
Evan Tanner Nov 21, 2003
28 1 0 2 R1 KO/TKO
Phil Baroni 17 0 0 0
Rich Franklin Apr 25, 2003
16 0 0 0 R1 KO/TKO
Evan Tanner 6 0 0 0
Evan Tanner Jul 13, 2002
70 3 0 5 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Chris Haseman 14 0 2 0
Evan Tanner Mar 22, 2002
7 0 0 0 R1 TKO - Doctor's Stoppage
Elvis Sinosic 4 0 0 0
Evan Tanner Nov 2, 2001
4 0 4 0 R2 Submission
Homer Moore 4 2 0 3
Tito Ortiz Feb 23, 2001
-- -- -- -- R1 KO/TKO
Tito Ortiz 7 1 0 0
Evan Tanner Dec 16, 2000
32 1 0 3 R1 KO/TKO
Lance Gibson 6 0 0 0
Evan Tanner Mar 5, 1999
23 1 1 2 R1 KO/TKO
Valeri Ignatov 2 0 0 0
Evan Tanner Jan 8, 1999
24 1 4 1 R1 Submission
Darrel Gholar 4 1 0 2


Evan Tanner 1971-2008

“I believe there are people out there that just have a warrior spirit, whether it’s fighting or something, they’ve got to do it. It’s hard to identify with me; it’s just something I do.”
---Evan Tanner, 2005

On what was unquestionably one of mixed martial arts’ saddest days, former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner - beloved by fans for his fighting ability and by friends for his free spirit – passed away at the age of 37 on September 8, 2008.

A native of Amarillo, Texas, Tanner worked various jobs as a bouncer, a cable TV contractor, a framer building beach houses, a dishwasher, a baker, a ditch digger, and a slaughterhouse worker before stumbling on to mixed martial arts in 1997.

Over the next 11 years, fighting would be a major part of his life, to the tune of 42 professional bouts, but as he said earlier this year before what would be his final bout against Kendall Grove, he never considered himself a fighter.

“I always thought of myself as the poet, the writer, or the philosopher – I never thought of myself as a fighter,” he chuckled. “But here I am. I always had an idea of the flow of my life, but not exactly what I would be doing day to day. And fighting definitely wasn’t something I thought I’d be doing.”

But he was good at it – very good in fact. Over the course of his career, Tanner (34-8) scored wins over Paul Buentello, Heath Herring, Ikuhisa Minowa, Justin McCully, Elvis Sinosic, Phil Baroni (twice), and Robbie Lawler. His biggest win, however, came at UFC 51 on February 5, 2005, when he stopped David Terrell in the first round to win the UFC middleweight championship.

Tanner would lose the belt to Rich Franklin in his first defense four months later, but the fans never abandoned him, and he returned that admiration, both in person and through his internet blogs.

“I wanted to give something back to the fans and let them know that I’m just a regular guy,” said Tanner in early 2008. “Some of the guys forget that and get caught up in the lights, and I never want to forget that and that I’m one of the lucky ones that got a chance to get out there and do this. There are a lot of great athletes out there, a lot of great fighters that never got the chance. I’m one of the lucky ones that did, so writing the blog and telling life as it is helps me stay grounded and it gives me a way to connect with the fans and give them something back.”

His blogs were more than just fight talk and product advertisements though. Tanner spoke frankly about life and his struggles in and out of the Octagon. And when he made his return to the UFC in 2008 after almost two years away, it was a triumph of the human spirit and an inspiration, regardless of whose hand was raised at the end of the fight.

“My thought was that I’m in a position where I’ve done some things and some people look up to me a little bit and maybe something in my story can help inspire them or motivate them to get through some things or do something better,” said Tanner before his return against Yushin Okami at UFC 82 in March. “If that’s the case and it helps anybody else out, then it’s worth me facing the embarrassment.”

He fell short in his final two bouts against Okami and Grove, but there was no keeping him down, and his off-time after the Grove bout was filled with more of his adventures, as well as participation in Harley-Davidson’s 105th anniversary celebration.

Sadly, there will be no more adventures, only memories of Evan Tanner.

“Evan was such a unique individual, and he was okay being an individual,” said Hayner. “He was okay with taking the path less traveled, and he often chose that harder path.”

It was simply who he was. Just read the words he spoke to me before I wished him luck for his fight against Grove in June.

“Everything’s been about the journey,” he said. “I never really set out with goals for fighting; it’s been about the adventure along the way. When you’re on your death bed, it’s those stories, those little adventures that are going to be the things that you remember. It’s not so much getting there, but how you got there.”

And he did it his way.

Rest in Peace, Evan.


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