March 20, 2008 – 12:00 pm by fightlinker
Okay, by now everyone has read the story making the rounds that Evan Tanner is broke after succumbing to a weeklong blackjack bender. I’m not going to comment too much on that because let he who has not blown a ton of cash on immoral activities throw the first stone. And whoa boy, have I ever been down that path a few times, and it wasn’t with something as innocent as cards, I’ll tell you what.
What I am going to talk about is what Evan needs to do now: get a real fucking sponsor. Evan was contacted by the UFC a few days ago, and they set him up with a date and an opponent (sometime in the summer and unnamed, respectively). I’ve got my fingers crossed it’s some poor TUF bastard, but even then I don’t think Evan will be in any condition to win if he’s living off of tuna fucking sandwiches over the next few months.
So here’s where we as fans have to step in and help out. No, not by donating to Team Tanner – because at this point that’s just not going to cut it. We need to make him understand that it’s okay to take some corporate sponsors who’ll give him the several thousand dollars he needs in order to eat the way he needs to eat and train the way he needs to train and travel to camps so he can come in prepared.
Team Tanner is a very noble idea, but it’s not something that Evan can really afford to maintain at this point. I’m not saying he should scrap it – but he should know that no one is going to get angry with him if he needs to take a few bucks from a few different corporations in order to keep this comeback alive.
*Lame bonus joke: Let’s hope Evan is eating dolphin-safe tuna or Chuck’s girlfriend might get angry with him for eating her relatives. Ba-dum-tsss!