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Evan Tanner retirement scare

Okay, so it was a scary moment when I opened up Evan Tanner’s new Spike blog and the title of his latest post was “I’m done, I’m retiring”. Fortunately, that’s a bit of a misleading statement. As usual the whole post is worth reading to get the full Tanner experience, but check out the key bit here:

Losing sucks. It’s been pretty tough the last couple of days. I’ve been keeping to myself. I haven’t felt like talking with anyone. I haven’t seen anything about the fight. I know I looked really bad. I don’t need to see it, or hear about it to know that. I’ve been having some serious health problems for a while now. They’ve caused me some problems in my daily life and have seriously affected my training. I obviously haven’t been the same guy in the ring.

I’m going to be taking a little time off to see a doctor. If we can’t get this health issue figured out, I’m done, I’m retiring. I don’t want to step back into the Octagon unless I’m 100%, and I can give the fans the type of fight they deserve to see.

I don’t see it coming to that though. Tomorrow I’m hopping on the bike, and riding up to Oregon to visit the good doctor. I’ve got a good feeling about things.

Personally, I think he did pretty well considering he spent the last two years of his life drinking himself half dead. But when you think about it, it’s kinda egotistical to think you can do that and then walk back into the UFC and succeed against the #1 middleweight contender or a TUF winner. We were all kinda flying on the feel good vibes Evan put out when he set his date to stop drinking and start training again. But unfortunately, this ain’t the movies and reality has a habit of bitch slapping dreams square in the face. Now that we’ve all been reminded of that, perhaps it’s time for the UFC to give Evan a softer fight in the form of a TUF washout? Please???

  • Pontus

    With a beard like that you deserve to have success.

  • Swedish guy

    I agree with Pontus.

    I also wonder if he’s going to see an M.D. or a natureopath or a homeopath or something like that. Would be fun to know.

  • pauli

    i’m hoping that:

    a: he gets his shit sorted out.

    b: he doesn’t get any less wacky.

    c: he comes back, finds his level, and kicks ass. i’d rather see tanner winning at b level than losing on ppv.

    d: he maintains the beard. the “if i don’t win, i’m homeless. again.” vibe made for the most intimidating staredown i’ve seen in a long, long time.

  • P W

    Can you afford to keep a former champ on who keeps losing? Doesn’t that give the impression that just about anybody has what it takes to hold the belt?

  • koolpaw

    (just waits and sees crossing my paws)

  • Swedish guy

    Good point, P W.

  • Pontus

    Maybe Evan could get some fights in Japan fighting cans… He got a peculiar look now.. maybe they would like him over there.

  • crs

    I think Tanner is great when he wants to be (okay, I’m talking about 4 years ago, but still…) The problem with him is he’s going to be too wildly incosistent for the UFC to want to keep around. He could have a string of losses and then be put against someone they want to elevate and fuck everything up worse than the Cro Cop-Gonzaga deal (since he wouldn’t deserve the title shot in his place.) The UFC doesn’t want that, they want either good all the time or bringing you back once in a while as a can (hello, Marvin, Elvis and Mark.)

  • ruggertenthousand

    Evan looked slow and soft as charmin. He made that tomato can look like GSP. Do you think it’s Sypph or Gono that’s slowing him down?

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    Kendal Grove is elusive