Evan Tanner (11-4 UFC), a former UFC Middleweight Champion and experienced UFC veteran, has announced, albeit subtly, that he hopes to return to the UFC an recapture the Middleweight Championship. Here’s what Tanner had to say:
“Although I still plan on setting up the foundation, Iâ€™m going to be putting itâ€™s further development on hold for a little while. There is something I want to do first and I want no distractions. I think Iâ€™d be in a much better position to make things happen for the foundation as the UFC Middleweight Champion. Iâ€™ve been fighting for a long time and I may be getting a little older, but Iâ€™m not too old to still kick a little ass.
More about whatâ€™s been going on here and my current plans in my next update.”
The foundation Tanner refers to is a non-profit MMA venture aimed at helping disadvantaged youths. Although the project hasn’t been abandoned it has seemingly been put on hold due to a bad experience with the first participant. You can read more about the foundation here.
Tanner is currently 36 but he would not be the oldest competitor to step into the octagon. Both current Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and Light Heavyweight Champ Chuck Liddell are older than Tanner. In his last fight he defeated Justin Levens at UFC 59 more than a year ago.
More to come on Tanner whenever he reveals more on his UFC plans.