Wes Sims: Only difference between Evan Tanner and me was that he died

source: heavy.com

Heavy.com: Someone was telling me you had run into some tough times recently. Have you had some lean years?
Sims: Lean years? Lean years. Yeah, I guess you could say they were some pretty lean years. After I had surgery on my elbow, I had some really hard times. I was living homeless. I actually enjoyed being on the Ultimate Fighter. At least I was in out of the rain. The house in Vegas was great for me. I was living in a sleeping bag.

Heavy.com: Man.
Sims: Yeah. The only difference between me and Evan Tanner was he died.

Heavy.com: I don't even know how to ask about this. You can't say 'Tell me how it feels.' But obviously your life was pretty comfortable and it all got turned upside down.
Sims: I made a lot of money in 2005-2006. And in 2007-2008, I lost a lot. You don't really appreciate things for what they are worth until you're at the bottom of the barrel. Until you hit ground zero. Then you're looking up.

Heavy.com: What's it mean to you to be able to give something back like this? To a group of people that counted you as one of their own not long ago?
Sims: People have no idea. Honestly, I go on the Underground. I go on all those message boards. I read some of the shit people say about me. If I didn't have tough skin I'd take it personal. It would be a really long day and I'd be a real emotional mess. I understand. People don't know me. They know Wes Sims the character. I turned down $30,000 one time. I hate bringing it up. And you don't need to call me hero my friend. But I turned down $30,000 to fight Bas Rutten to raise money for (former UFC announcer) Ryan Bennett's family after he died in a car accident. And I've started a non-profit organization in my hometown. Because I have a lot to give back.

Heavy.com: It sounds like things are going well. How did you get your life back together?

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MountainMedic site profile image  

9/15/09 11:08 PM by MountainMedic

TTT for wes

edubbs site profile image  

9/15/09 11:03 PM by edubbs

TTTIf Wes is serious about this thing on 55 and Cicero Thursday to help out some people I'll go down there and bring some food and clothes and whatnot for people. I'm right down the block.

Hemlock site profile image  

9/15/09 10:48 PM by Hemlock

ttt for pulling and thinking of Wes

SwampRocker site profile image  

9/15/09 10:46 PM by SwampRocker

i'm pulling for Wes to win TUF.

newbyfan site profile image  

9/15/09 10:29 PM by newbyfan

Did he almost kill a guy with a powerbomb?

Hemlock site profile image  

9/15/09 10:27 PM by Hemlock

Who in their right mind wouldn't like Wes Sims?He is A PRO WRESTLING CRIME FIGHTING VIGILANTE WHO KNOWS MARK COLEMAN

Kirik site profile image  

9/15/09 10:23 PM by Kirik

He is actually seriously funny and cool :-)

cqjnell site profile image  

9/15/09 9:58 PM by cqjnell

he's not as funny and cool as he thinks he is. i do, however, enjoy watching him fight and hope his career is headed for better things in the future.

HAMMER site profile image  

9/15/09 9:52 PM by HAMMER


MountainMedic site profile image  

9/15/09 8:31 PM by MountainMedic

 Sims: Yeah. The only difference between me and Evan Tanner was he died flame on ug, flame on