I may be a long time reader but not much on posting but for Evan I have to pay respect.
All the cliches will abound now that he is no longer with us and many will take a look at his life.
I can say he was definitely more than a fighter, an eccentric and quirky man, battled demons, did things his own way and most importantly I believe he tried to LIVE.
I was following Evan’s blogs and various exploits the last few years and always felt even though it was through a keyboard that one was getting true honesty out of him, he seemed to be more honest with himself then most people allow, a hard place to be sometimes.
He was an unorthodox self taught fighter that never had the kind of backing or training that others have had and is necessary for high level success in MMA, but in spite of that he was a pioneer, champion, and trailblazer in the sport, one of the fighters that bridged the old first wave of NHB/MMA to the modern complete game MMA.
Even his last two performances though losses, showed he was still able to compete at an extremely high level even while not necessarily mentally or physically prepared for a fight.
I believe we never did find out about the health concerns he himself has after his last fight.
We don’t all need to be like Evan, but I’m glad the world has a few like him, he will be missed and remembered.
He was definitely a T-man.
Let us all remember that we have the power over our own lives and to effect the lives of others, something Evan realized during his life long pursuit of “education in living”.
Believe In The Power of One