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Once I Was a Champion -- Trailer for the upcoming documentary "Once I was a Champion."

Writer, philosopher, alcoholic, and MMA fighter Evan Tanner died mysteriously in the desert of Clapp Springs California, he was searching for treasure but not of the material kind. 
This feature length biopic focuses on fifty people whose lives he forever changed as they try to figure out who he really was and the reason behind his untimely death.


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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. | Add synopsis »
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Randy Couture ... Himself

Rich Franklin ... Himself

Forrest Griffin ... Himself

John Herzfeld ... Himself
Matt Lindland ... Himself
John McCarthy ... Himself (as 'Big' John McCarthy)
Benji Radach ... Himself

Bas Rutten ... Himself
Chael Sonnen ... Himself
Evan Tanner ... Himself (archive footage)

Dana White ... Himself

Directed by
Gerard Roxburgh 
Produced by
Dan Caldwell .... co-executive producer
Rj Clifford .... associate producer
Lance Dumais .... co-producer
Kirk Porter .... producer
Sophia Tavernakis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Helen Patience 
Cinematography by
Matt Irwin 
Film Editing by
Gerard Roxburgh 
Sound Department
John E. Walker .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex J. Rodriguez .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alex J. Rodriguez .... gaffer
Chris Stewart .... digital loader
Editorial Department
Robert Riddle .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dean McGinnes .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Jim Dobson .... publicist
Kip Konwiser .... sales representative
Jennifer C. Lai .... business affairs (as Jennifer Lai)
Dinah Perez .... production attorney
Wali Razaqi .... special thanks

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93 min


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Truthful, moving and worth while., 10 January 2013
Author: Dave Oakes from LA

I've been following the creation of this film for quite some time and finally had a chance to check it out last night.

After seeing it, I can't speak highly enough of the team who created the film and the many people who supported Evan. Its a great look at his life that is brutally truthful, just the way Evan would have wanted.

This isn't an MMA film. It's really a study of a great person who struggled with many demons but at his core was a great person. Evan wanted the best for everyone and wanted to figure out a way to bring that to life. This film helped him do that years after his death.

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