Once I Was a Champion

Synopsis: Adventure seeker, fighter, philosopher, writer and alcoholic died on September 8th, 2008 in the desert north of Brawley, California. He was on a quest to find buried treasure. "Treasure" does not necessarily refer to something material.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Gerard Roxburgh
Production: TapouT Films
  1 nomination.
93 min

In an outward sense,

I have nothing to show.

I have nothing to show, but what I've

been doing is building a foundation.

Now I can build,

you know, my life.

I can build a great work... you know,

a great work of art with my life.

You know, something with meaning,

something that stands for something.

I see this higher purpose

for my life.

I just...

I had a sense of things.

I had a sense of the flow of my life,

the kinds of things that would happen.

Not exactly what would...

what would happen.

I don't know,

I always saw fighting

as a... just a stepping stone to something

to build me into the kind of man

that's gonna be able

to accomplish...

accomplish this... what I'm supposed

to accomplish later in life.

The greatest... the greatest thing

is coming up later.

It's not yet.


everyone around the world.

Once again this is Eddie Goldman

on what is a very sad edition

of no holds barred because

we're doing a tribute

to the late Evan Tanner.

And in breaking MMA news former

UFC champion Mr. Evan Tanner

was found dead

in the deserts of California.

The 37-year-old former UFC fighter

died in the desert east of San Diego.

Police say,

after days of searching...

preliminary reports are heat

exhaustion, according to the autopsy.

He was a puzzle to many,

even those closest to him.

And there is still a puzzle about

the way that Evan Tanner passed.

The motherfucking idiot go

out there without a parachute,

writing a fucking article

for you,

and people that have sat in a sauna

and have spent time in a sauna

cutting weight

know what it feels like.

It's the worst fucking feeling

in the world

when your body goes into dehydration

and your muscles cramp.

They pour so much emotion

into Evan Tanner's death.

It was like, you didn't know

that fucking guy.

You know?

He wrote for you.

He wrote for you.

All these motherfucking fans of his,

all these motherfucking bloggers...

F*ck. Um... God, that's the

fucking worst way to die, man.

He died...


That's how.

What are you gauging

when you talk to people?

I mean, was it... I hate to use the word,

but, I mean, might as well talk about it.

It's like the elephant

in the room.

Was it a suicide mission?

Was he going out there to die?

It bums me out that... you know,

that I don't know what happened or...

'cause that ain't like Evan.

I don't belong to this world

or anyone.

I mean, just... for he to just...

just to live my journey.

I don't belong here.

I can feel

like just my body gonna stay,

but my soul wants

to get out of here.

Who knows what really happens?

You know, if he just, like,

got tired of his life,

you know, jump on the motorcycle, no

gas, no battery, no money, no water.

Like, the guy's...

the guy's not a dumb guy.

You know,

he's a pretty smart guy.

And it just...

it wasn't a smart guy way to go.

As far as intentionally going

out to the desert underprepared,

I think it was

just another challenge for him.

Preparing was not his best, I

guess, because he just liked to go.

I knew him so well,

but... but I, you know,

lost touch with him for so long

that it was like... it just... it

seemed... seemed crazy. It was wicked.

He used to go out

into the wilderness

all the time by himself

and, you know,

go out there

and get his head together.

He liked to be out there.

And so I don't think

anybody really thought

it was that big of a deal

at first.

And then after time started to go, and

then they found out that he had passed.

Was he going out there

to test his body?

Was he going out there

to, like, he had said,

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