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Jonathan Snowden looks back at MMA history to the amazing early days of Amarillo TX shootfighting...

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Jonathan Snowden looks back at MMA history to the amazing early days of Amarillo TX shootfighting league USWF. It wasn't just the place where Evan Tanner, Heath Herring and Paul Buentello fought their first fights, it's also the promotion that brought the biggest name in 1990s MMA to Amarillo -- the Gracies in the person of Ralph Gracie. Read it at MMA Nation.

Once I Was a Champion, the documentary about the life of Evan Tanner, is being screened at the LA...

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Once I Was a Champion, the documentary about the life of Evan Tanner, is being screened at the LA film Festival this week. The film was directed by Gerard Roxburgh , and produced by TapouT Films (which also produced Hamill, the documentary about Matt Hamill). You can find the screening times at this link, and here's the official trailer for the movie.

My Evan Tanner tribute: I know alot of ppl have made videos and drawings and such....and those...

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My Evan Tanner tribute: I know alot of ppl have made videos and drawings and such....and those are things I suck at. So I figured the least I could do for rememberance is live a little free for a while, not cut my hair and grow out the beard! Thanks for the inspirations Evan....you are missed. -- dawley on the UG. I agree.... We miss you Evan.

A picture of Evan Tanner's camp in today's Union Tribune: Deep in the scorched hills of Imperial...

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A picture of Evan Tanner's camp in today's Union Tribune: Deep in the scorched hills of Imperial County, 10 miles from the nearest paved road, Evan Tanner parked his off-road motorcycle and set up camp. He unfolded a green cot and chair, set up a tarp for shade and took out sunscreen, a highlighter and a notebook. ...... Police suspect Tanner set off from Oceanside Sept. 3, turned off Highway 78 near Palo Verde (population: 236) headed onto unpaved Milpitas Wash Road, then cut west into the rocky, trail-less desert, barren except for the odd mesquite tree or creosote bush. The next day, he told friends in text messages that if they didn't hear from him by the next morning, they should call for help. He was near Clapp Spring and running out of gas and water. They made the call when no further word came. Marine helicopters from Yuma Air Station and local search and rescue volunteers scoured the area. Rescue crews found his camp, where he still had several pouches filled with water, that Sunday. On Monday, they found his body two miles from camp and several miles from the spring. He was carrying a GPS device. There was an empty water pouch nearby. Police suspect Tanner may have been hiking to or from Clapp Spring, which is described on the Bureau of Land Management's Web site as a palm oasis and permanent water source for wildlife. Locals say Clapp Spring is little more than a muddy patch that supports a few palm trees but does not have enough water to drink. An autopsy ruled the cause of death was heat exhaustion. Police have ruled out suicide and foul play. The results of toxicology tests may take up to three months.

Sign the petition to have Evan Tanner inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame A posthumous induction is...

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Sign the petition to have Evan Tanner inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame A posthumous induction is thus far unheard of for the UFC's HoF, but I can't think of a more appropriate fighter to be the exception to the rule. Let's tell the powers that be that fans recognized Evan Tanner as a true MMA legend, and urge them to give him his rightful spot alongside Gracie, Couture, Shamrock, Severn and Coleman. Spread the word. Props to BJJDenver and AJB for the idea.

The video doesn't show much of anything other than a glimpse of the desert terrain.

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The video doesn't show much of anything other than a glimpse of the desert terrain.

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