MMA Mania is reporting that Evan Tanner will be returning to the Octagon at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio. No opponent has yet been named. The addition of Tanner back into the mix at middleweight is a welcome one. The real question will be if he’s physically and mentally in shape enough to get back into mixed martial arts on a full time basis. Tanner has said numerous times that he feels he knows how to beat Anderson Silva. In order to get his crack at him, he’ll need to rack up several wins in the UFC.
Tanner is an alcoholic and has openly detailed his struggles via his personal blog. If he can come into the UFC, live a stable and healthy lifestyle, and fight full time in this short period, then more power to him. Here’s hoping this fight puts Tanner back on the right track.