Evan Tanner’s Biggest Fight Could be The Desert

After dropping two strait in his UFC comeback and fighting a longtime battle with alcohol, Evan Tanner set’s off on a new great adventure deep into the southern California desert to seek what he calls is “Treasure”. Tanners blog post on SpikeTV details his preparation for his latest wild adventure, including retrofitting his Kawasaki KLR for the trip.

I’m hoping that very soon I’ll be sitting out in the quiet of the desert beneath a deep blue midnight sky, listening to the calm desert breeze. The idea going into the desert came to me soon after I moved to Oceanside. It was motivated by my friend Sara’s talk of treasure hunting and lost gold, and my own insatiable appetite for adventure and exploration. I began to imagine what might be found in the deep reaches of the untracked desert. It became an obsession of sorts.

“Treasure” doesn’t necessarily refer to something material.

Being a minimalist by nature, wanting to carry only the essentials, and being extremely particular, it has been a little difficult to find just the right equipment. I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment, could cost me my life.

Evan Tanner: “I’m Done, I’m Retiring”

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UFC middleweight veteran Evan Tanner, contiplates retiring on his latest blog entry on SpikeTV. Tanner is coming off a hard fought loss to Kendall Grove at the TUF 7 Finale.

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

TUF 7 Finale Payout and Bonuses

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The official payouts for The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale are in from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). The big winner of the night was TUF 1 veteran Diego Sanchez who pulled in 70k for fighting and winning his fight over Luigi Fioravanti. The loser of the night award goes to TUF 2 veteran Josh Burkman who earned 10k to fight. This was Burkman’s 9th fight with the UFC stemming all the way back to 2005.

TUF 7 Finale Fighter Payouts

Kendall Grove ($32,000, fight/win)
Evan Tanner ($25,000)
Amir Sadollah ($16,000, fight/win)
C.B. Dollaway ($8,000)
Diego Sanchez ($70,000, fight/win)
Luigi Fioravanti ($10,000)
Spencer Fisher ($36,000, fight/win)
Jeremy Stephens ($16,000)
Matthew Riddle ($16,000, fight/win)
Dante Rivera ($8,000)
Dustin Hazelett ($24,000, fight/win)
Josh Burkman ($10,000)
Drew McFedries ($26,000, fight/win)
Marvin Eastman ($9000)
Matt Brown ($16,000, fight/win)
Matt Arroyo ($8,000)
Dean Lister ($28,000, fight/win)
Jeremy Horn ($25,000)
Tim Credeur ($8,000)
Cale Yarbrough ($8,000)
Rob Kimmons ($6,000, fight/win)
Rob Yundt ($5,000)

Total Payout: $410,000

These numbers didn’t include the fight night bonuses,

TUF 7 Final Fight Bonuses

Dustin Hazelett ($20,000 for “Fight of the Night”, $20,000 for “Submission of the Night”)
Josh Burkman ($20,000 for “Fight of the Night”)
Drew McFedries ($20,000 for “Knockout of the Night”)

All reported payouts don’t include deductions for insurance, licenses, gym dues, management commissions, and taxes. They also don’t reflect fighter sponsorships, signing bonuses and sometimes PPV percentages.