June 25, 2008 – 10:57 am by fightlinker

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???

June 3, 2008 – 3:18 pm by fightlinker

Evan Tanner: still rocking the beard, still rolling the bitches. Respect.

May 4, 2008 – 9:11 pm by fightlinker

April 21, 2008 – 4:42 pm by fightlinker

Evan Tanner has a quote from Jack Kerouac up on his blog, which is pretty hilarious because we were talking about him this weekend and saying he was the Jack Kerouac of MMA. For those of you who haven’t graduated up from RL Stine books, Kerouac was basically a beatnik who wrote really impressive sounding books about people who were general wastes of space. They did very little other than travel from place to place, boozing, binging on drugs, and booking it once their welcome was worn out.

I’ve always had an issue with Kerouac because he’s basically trying to sell this fantasy of individuality which is basically just conformity to another set of standards. He says “Be different, think different, march to the beat of your own drum”, but never realizes that some drums don’t deserve to be marched to. People who say things just to be different and interesting are fucking vapid as hell. People who are ruled by their emotions and not any form of rationale are destined to live lives of self-sabotage and misery. They try to justify their destructive tendencies by wrapping it up in the romantic notion of a candle burning fast and bright.

I’m not surprised that Tanner is a fan of Kerouac – his entire journey from the point where he sold everything to ‘head south’ reads just like Kerouac’s book On the Road. And just like On the Road, his story was pretty damn depressing. It’s only been recently where Tanner stepped out of the role of Sal Paradise has there been any positive change. But since his loss to Okami there was a return to the ways of ‘beat’ with his all or nothing week at the blackjack tables, and now this quote is up.

I’m hoping Tanner’s not slipping back into the habits from before, and I’m not talking about drinking. The whole ‘Kerouac’ thing is a crock of shit, and certainly not the kind of lifestyle that’s destined to lead to a happy, normal life.

April 11, 2008 – 8:00 pm by fightlinker

Quick quote from a recent Evan Tanner blog entry:

If you are noticing my lack of decor, don’t worry about me. Don’t let the widescreen LCD TV, and the high-end entertainment center over there in the corner throw you off. This is what I choose. The people that are going to judge me by the things I own, I don’t care to know anyway. My friends are not my friends because of what I own. I don’t have a wife. I don’t have children. I’ll make sure to have a beautiful home and nice things for my family someday, but right now it’s just me, and I’m all business. I have my Land Cruiser, my Harley,   some clothes to wear, a place to sleep, and a place to train. That is enough.

As another individual leading a rather sparse existence at the moment, I agree with his philosophy: you sacrifice creature comforts today in order to pursue a dream that might pay off tomorrow. Although I phrase this philosophy in a slightly different way: all I need to be happy is a warm place to sleep, a clean place to shit, and wireless internet.

Past that, I know lots of you are gonna say “He deserves to live like that over that whole gambling thing”. I’m not going to try and convince you otherwise about anything, but for the record Tanner did say the money he started out with at the casino was only 300 bucks (although that fact was lost with the rest of his old blog). Considering all the embarasssing truths he’s told over the years, I don’t see why he’d have lied about that. Keep in mind the guy was a homeless alcoholic under a year ago. Considering that fact, he’s not doing too bad.

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