I didn't read all the posts but let me make this statement.
-UFC Middleweight Champion, he didnt win his defence but, a champions a champion.
-17 UFC Fights (think thats 2nd most in the UFC)
-Most heart in a fighter EVER in my book. I dont remember EVER seeing Forrest Griffen look like Evans did after the Louasu(sp?) and Franklin fight.
-Started in 1997 by beating Buntello and faught in tourniments.
I think the guys a HoF'er for sure dead or alive. I mean, imo, he faught tougher guys then Ken Shamrock, who's a hof, and he CERTANLY faught tougher guys then Coleman did in the UFC>
Anyways, give the guy his due, he's earned it.
What is it that is going to be on your mind when you're on your death bed? Will it be the tedious years of 9 to 5, or the memory of some great acheivement. Maybe a moment you stood in glory to the applause of millions.