Evan Tanner, former UFC Middleweight Champion, was found dead in the Palo Verde mountain area of California today. Evan was only 37 years old and was last heard from on September 3 and a search for him began this past Saturday.
Tanner compiled a record of 32-8 MMA and 12-5 UFC where he won the 185 pound title from David Terrell in 2005. He lost the belt in his next match and took two years away from competition. He had just signed a new four year deal and was fighting again. He announced on August 16 he was taking a spiritual journey in to the California desert with only the bar necessities. At this time no information has been released about the possible cause of death.