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MMA’s Best Fighter: Evan Tanner

Written on June 04, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Evan Tanner was a very good stand up fighter with a very well rounded game. Not only did he compete, but he fought for the title while in USWF and in UFC.

Born as Evan Loyd Tanner on February 11, 1971 in Amarillo, Texas, Evan Tanner was a former UFC middleweight and USWF heavyweight champion. He was also the first American to win the Pancrase Neo-blood Tournament in Tokyo, Japan. In 1997, he dropped out from college after feeling that he wasn’t getting the ‘real world’ education he was looking for. Then he was convinced by friends to enter a local MMA tournament, not knowing that it will open doors to his professional career.

He won the USWF 7 and got his first championship after he defeated Heath Herring. After that, Evan Tanner successfully defended his title five times. He continued to fight in local shows and tournament before leaving for Japan to compete in Pancrase. He won five times while abroad and competed in USWF once more, before joining the UFC.

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