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Evan Tanner pays homage to the gods of war

You can’t help but be pumped up by Evan Tanner when he writes shit like this:

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.

I went to the Mandalay Bay early Friday afternoon for a photo shoot and decided to stay for the weigh-ins. I went behind the scenes into the arena, where they were setting up the lights for the show. The Octagon sat there empty. I wanted to step in, wondering if it might feel strange after so long away. The moment I stepped past the gate, and my feet touched the canvas, I knew I was home.

Someday they’re going to make a movie about Evan Tanner’s life, and the only man who will be badass enough to play him will be Chuck freaking Norris.

  • threatis

    if you snap off Evan Tanner’s head, a Phoenix rises from his neck in awe inspiring glory.

  • Dangerfield

    Hes praying to Fedor?

  • dan

    i have just seen this and just knew it wouldnt be long before it was on here. u fucking love him so much, but with good reason. tanners blog page is worth a visit aswell

  • operator

    Wow he really should write a book about his life with all the ups and downs he has been through. That paragraph sounds like the beginning of a really good story I would have been hooked.

  • Atom

    Shouldn’t the first and second paragraphs be switched? I tried clicking the link, but nothing loaded.

  • dan

    it would be better than the hughes book

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  • Captain

    It would be so awesome if Evan made Yushin tap.

  • fightlinker

    if Evan made Yushin tap ‘like an American’

  • Atom

    No tap, per se, but plenty of that TURN YOUR BACK AND RUN AWAY JAPANESE FIGHTING SPIRIT!

  • Toxie

    Sounds like Ultimate Warrior type stuff….

  • Márcio

    someone’s watched “gladiator” one two many times.

  • scorchamatic

    it’s official. anybody who feels that strongly about the fight game and malt liquor, deserves my support. i hope he destroys yushin.

  • winklepicker

    Yeah, but Evan: what about the cornrows? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHAT ABOUT THE CORNROWS?

  • Wu Tang

    Because of Tanner and Okami, i will buy this card instead of watchin on my laptop that warms my balls.

  • terrence halladay

    Chuck Norris is like 65 years old and he’s a staunch supporter of religion-exploiting Jesus freak Mike Huckabee. Hardly a bad-ass anymore.

  • Wu Tang

    They say that Chuck Norris doesnt have a chin under his beard, but another fist!

  • fightlinker

    Huckabee worships god, ergo Huckabee worships Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris approves.