UnderGround Forums Evan Tanner Completely Broke!

3/20/08 7:31 AM
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Gambled away most of his UFC purse according to his latest blog. -------------------------------------------------------------------- I had to laugh at myself today as I was tearing the house apart, digging through my dirty laundry, checking the pockets of all my jackets, searching the bottoms of gym bags, storage boxes, and drawers, looking in the ash tray and floorboards of my Land Cruiser. Looking for some change. I just needed a little change so I could run down to the store and pick up some off brand tuna fish and a loaf of bread. I was starving. I've been eating tuna fish sandwiches for days now. Now you may wonder why a former world champion, a man who has fought in front of millions, a man who just weeks ago fought in front of millions, and man who is recognized on the street every time he leaves his house, a man whom you would think had plenty of money, had to resort to scraping together change to buy food. I'll tell you the story. I'm completely broke. My bank account is negative. I got myself into a pretty deep hole in more ways than one, in the two years I took away from fighting. I started getting my life straightened out about five months ago. I signed the March 1st fight and began training. I had some very good friends help me out with some money and help me get settled down in Vegas so I could focus on training. For those of you who don't know, when a fighter competes in the UFC, the purse is usually broken into two equal parts. There is a guaranteed purse the fighter receives just for showing up, and then there is the bonus purse, the other half, the fighter receives if he wins the fight. I knew that if I won the fight, I would be able to get everyone paid back, pay off the invoices I owed for the Team Tanner gear, pay my web designer, and have enough left over to get me to my next fight. Well, as we all know, the fight didn't go as well as I had hoped. I only got the guaranteed purse, minus the medicals and other deductions. Considering the amount of money I owed, this didn't really leave me much money to work with. What was most important to me, more important than my own comfort, was paying back the people that had helped me out, and paying off my obligations. It is nothing more than a man should do. I paid one month's rent, and one months bills, and put the rest toward paying off those debts. I took care of the ones I could, but I still owed thousands. I had a little bit left in my account, not enough to cover any of the outstanding bills, but enough to maybe put a little dent in at least one. But then it hit me, the thought that I could take what I have left down to the casino, and that maybe, just maybe I would get lucky, and make enough money to pay the last of my bills. That's what I did. I took my money down to the casino......And I did get lucky, lucky enough to think I was going to get it done. I played hard. I don't do anything halfway. I put my time in. I was so deep into it that I lost reference. I went at is for a week and a half, staying up all night, playing blackjack for 24 hours straight sometimes, forgetting to eat, not wanting to sleep. I would go on a streak, start winning, and start thinking that I would be able to make enough to get all my bills paid. Then I would lose it back, and then win again, and then lose it back, and win again, back and forth, back and forth. In the end, I lost not only what I had won, but the little bit I had started out with as well. So I spent a week and a half gambling, staying up all night, not eating, dealing with all of the emotional ups and down of winning and losing, and I don't have much to show for it, except that now I'm broke, I'm feeling really worn out, I'm depressed, and my sleep scedule is backwards. Now you may ask if I regret it, if I would do it differently if I could, if I would take it back. NOT A CHANCE!!!!! Oh, I feel a little depressed right now. I feel a little worn out physically. It does suck to have to scrape together pocket change to buy food. But I wouldn't take anything back. I went for it. I put it all on the line. I always will. I knew what the consequences would be if I failed, and I was willing to accept them. So any of you reading who might be feeling a twinge of sympathy, don't. I made my decisions, and I accept the consequences. I'm no victim. And to those who are thinking about preaching at me, don't bother. I won't hear you. I haven't accomplished anything in this life worth remembering by playing it safe. That's boring to me anyway. ________________________________________________________________ Great accomplishment only comes with great risk. I'll accept the crippling, gut wrenching disappointment of risking all, and failing, but only by putting my whole heart and soul, my whole being into something, will I have the chance to walk among the stars. Those who risk nothing, those who live their lives in fear, will never have that chance. Failure is not a sin. It's being too afraid to even try, that is a sin. Okay, enough of that. So here I am, broke, scraping together change for food, worn out, just lost a fight, etc, etc, but life is good. What fun would life be if there were no challenges. I have a fight lined up in the UFC for this summer. Team Tanner is going well. The drinking part of my life is in the past now. No struggles with that. I'm just done with it. Training is about to start picking up again, and summer weather is on the way. Everything is coming together. I hope life's good for everyone today. In case anyone's curious, the picture I put up is how I look after a week and a half of marathon gambling. Who know's, might quit gambling next. http://www.evantanner.net/journal
3/20/08 7:37 AM
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Tanner's constant failures in life are getting old.
3/20/08 7:38 AM
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"Considering the amount of money I owed, this didn't really leave me much money to work with" ^aw man
3/20/08 7:47 AM
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"Tanner's constant failures in life are getting old."

YOU try putting everything you have into training/fighting only to come up short. Think about it. The man has lost all of his title shots in devastating fashion, goes into some alcoholic trance for a couple of years (or whatever), and after finally getting his head and body back into the game he is crushed by another crippling blow to his career (Okami). I'm thinking that that's got to be mentally debilitating, especially since he certainly has the skill set to be champion. As a FAN it's frustrating; I can't imagine what's goin' through HIS head, man.
3/20/08 7:48 AM
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First thing I thought... Seems like a nice guy, kinda mentally... gone.
3/20/08 7:55 AM
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Yeah, maybe so but the guy has lived a helluva life while most of us sit in a nowhere job grinding out a living and living vicariously through fighters on the internet. At least he's following his own path, how many of us can truly say that?
3/20/08 7:57 AM
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I don't think spending your win bonus would be considered "smart"
3/20/08 7:59 AM
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Evan makes it increasingly hard to keep believing in and rooting for him.
3/20/08 8:11 AM
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Guy has some problems.
3/20/08 8:12 AM
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The business part of me says he could have made a ton from sponsors like all the other guys on that card.

Also, I'm sure that if he had someone (a manager) , and maybe he does but doesn't want to do this, they could book appearances, signings, etc for him for some extra cash.
3/20/08 8:15 AM
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Morbid curiosity makes viewers of us all, eh? His "Hemingway" attempts at life are noble but really, are you jealous of him? As a psychiatrist, I see people rationalize their bad decisions as "making the most out of life" all the time. Too bad the majority of them fail life early. -Doc Amok
3/20/08 8:15 AM
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Good luck Evan...

Honestly though this story just doesn't have a happy ending, which upsets me a fair amount...
3/20/08 8:17 AM
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Good post, Doc.
3/20/08 8:18 AM
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I like the man.
3/20/08 8:19 AM
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off to the dollar store.
3/20/08 8:20 AM
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"I don't think spending your win bonus would be considered "smart"" Typical loser mentality. Spending the win bonus before you have it.
3/20/08 8:24 AM
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Evan... You're an alcoholic and addictive person get yourself in AA, not just for alcohol but all your addictions
3/20/08 8:25 AM
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I love how he puts a spin on going on a gambling binge as him "trying to do the right thing."
3/20/08 8:32 AM
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Funny story.
3/20/08 8:34 AM
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Shared misery lightens the load, eh? So here's the lesson: Next time you're making lots of bad decisions...take a pic and post a blog. Then things don't seem that bad. They become more deep philosphical insights from a warrior-poet. ______________________________ I was rooting for his comeback, but Evan's entire life seems like a Vegas casino. -Doc Amok
3/20/08 8:37 AM
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I have the feeling that even if he'd won enough money to pay everyone back, he would have still gambled it all until it was gone.
3/20/08 8:41 AM
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No man is an army here fellas.He could be struggling just to eat and live every day. Struggles like this bring bigger comebacks. I would not count out the soul and heart of mister tanner, thats for sure.. Hope he overcomes his self made adversities and comes back.
3/20/08 8:43 AM
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Crazy that someone can be this way. I am the total opposite. If I were to go gambling with say 1,000 bucks, the minute I won 50 dollars I'd be outta there.
3/20/08 8:44 AM
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I really hoped he'd turned things around. It's a real bummer to see he's still got so far to go. I'll be pulling for him in his next match for sure.
3/20/08 8:48 AM
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"Crazy that someone can be this way. I am the total opposite. If I were to go gambling with say 1,000 bucks, the minute I won 50 dollars I'd be outta there."

lol me too...

fackin' pu$$ies