January 21, 2008 – 2:52 pm by fightlinker
Let’s play good news / bad news. Good news: Evan Tanner is fighting in Montreal. Bad news: Evan Tanner is fighting Yushin Okami in Montreal. After watching all of Yushin’s fights in the UFC, we pretty much know what to expect from him: agressive wrestling, gradual damage over the course of three rounds, and maybe a few armlock attempts for good measure.
On the other hand, what the fuck are we to expect from Evan Tanner? According to Tanner, this is the first time he’s actually been training fulltime. Plus you can’t discount the fact that he’s off the sauce. On the other hand, who knows where his head is really at right now?
All of these question marks make me worry for Evan. The UFC seems to have decided they’ll throw Tanner into the deep end to see if he’ll swim. They certainly don’t need another so-so middleweight who can’t beat top competition, so it does make sense that they aren’t gonna waste time. Tanner also represents the best threat at middleweight for Okami past Hendo and Anderson. You know the UFC is freaking out at the prospect of Okami landing a belt – he must be stopped at all costs! So if that means putting Tanner to the test, then so be it. I just hope he’s up for it.