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Old 09-09-2008, 05:46 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I've always been a big fan of Tanner, and his death is absolutely tragic but it does not in any way shape or form somehow qualify him for the UFC HOF. He's been a good fighter for a number of years with a huge heart and fan following, but his accomplishments in the Octagon just don't justify an HOF nod. Again, I really like Tanner and his death just flat out sucks but no on HOF.
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Old 09-09-2008, 05:47 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 09-09-2008, 05:49 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I think that you're missing what Evan brought to the UFC. It was long before he died that he had fans that cared for him and longed for his return.

It seems that this is more of a case of people thinking that just because someone died, they did nothing while they lived, and that's pretty sad.

To say that he couldn't hang with Tito is quite silly. Evan got KOed by a slamming of heads during a slam. Tito won it fair and square, but to say that's reason enough to claim that Evan "couldn't hang" is quite moronic.

If you really look at Evan's life. The ups and downs, the way that he fought in and out of the ring, you would realize that his praise has very little to do with his death.

Go watch his fights, read up about him, and study the things that he said. THAT'S what we are talking about.
All Im saying is Evan never really beat a premier fighter so I dont think you could ever have him in the HOF.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:01 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I've always been a big fan of Tanner, and his death is absolutely tragic but it does not in any way shape or form somehow qualify him for the UFC HOF. He's been a good fighter for a number of years with a huge heart and fan following, but his accomplishments in the Octagon just don't justify an HOF nod. Again, I really like Tanner and his death just flat out sucks but no on HOF.
I agree. Its a damn shame he died. Much respect to him, he brought it every time he fought.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:08 PM   #25 (permalink)
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So, I take it you didn't vote for Coleman to get in...
I didn't think he was a great selection at all. Although I would say that Coleman is ahead of Tanner as far as deserving to be in the HOF.

I don't think Severn belongs in the HOF to.
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It really could go either way but personally because its close I think they should induct him due to the tragic circumstances surrounding his death and the fact he died while under contract to the UFC,
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:52 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I didn't think he was a great selection at all. Although I would say that Coleman is ahead of Tanner as far as deserving to be in the HOF.

I don't think Severn belongs in the HOF to.
Coleman had 9 fights in the UFC and won 6 (66.666%). His best wins were Frye, Goodridge and Severn. He fought in the UFC from 1996 - 1999.

Tanner had 17 fights in the UFC and won 11 (65%). His best wins were against Lawler, Baroni (twice) and Terrell. He fought in the UFC from 1999 - 2008.

Both were Champions in their division.

I think Tanner deserves it more for actual UFC stats.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:55 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I think Evan Tanner was a great fighter and I'll miss him very much.
But judging by the current standard, he isn't a hall-of-famer.
Right now, there's Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn, Mark Coleman and Randy Couture. It's a very short list of guys who were instrumental in making UFC what it is today.
Tanner's own accomplishments, while impressive, don't quite put him him in that league.
Maybe down the line, as the criteria widen and more deserving fighters have been inducted, adding Tanner will be more appropriate. But not yet.
I do, however, think UFC should pay tribute to him. He and his family deserve that.

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Old 09-09-2008, 06:59 PM   #29 (permalink)
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While its sad we lost him I don't think someone who did something silly to get himself killed deserves a special place when he wouldn't have been considered for it if he were alive today. Don't say this is regardless of his life or death, because all the huge Tanner fans that magically appeared in the past two days sure weren't around singing his hall-of-famer praise before this happenned. You're reacting emotionally.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:00 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I liked Tanner and voted just came up short but think about how many votes this guy would have had if this poll had been posted a few days ago and I think you have your answer. No way at all tbh.
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