http://mmajunkie.com/category/evan-tanner/ Reports: Dean Lister vs. Evan Tanner Tentatively Planned for UFC 79 Posted by MMA Junkie on September 3, 2007 at 1:20 pm ET Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner (32-6 MMA, 11-4 UFC) been offered the chance to return to the organization in a fight against Dean Lister (9-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 79. The news comes from our friends at Fightlinker and MMA on Tap. UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) has been unable to confirm the news with our source at Chute Boxe USA. Tanner joined the fight team earlier this year. Tanner defeated David Terrell at UFC 51 to win the UFC middleweight championship, but he was TKO’d by Rich Franklin in his very next fight at UFC 53. He suffered a subsequent loss to David Loiseau at UFC Fight Night 2, and after a win over Justin Levens at UFC 59, disappeared almost completely from the sport. It’s been 17 months since he last fought professionally. Lister, who’s recovering from surgery to correct a torn biceps muscle, last fought in January and suffered a lopsided unanimous-decision loss to Nate Marquardt at UFC Fight Night 8. He has previous UFC victories over Alessio Sakara and Yuki Sasaki and was an assistant coach for Tito Ortiz on “The Ultimate Fighter 3.“ UFC 79 takes place Dec. 29 in Las Vegas and features a main event between UFC welterweight champ Matt Serra and former champ Matt Hughes. Wanderlei Silva is also expected to make his UFC return — possibly against Chuck Liddell. For the latest UFC 79 fight card, check out the UFC Rumors section of UFCjunkie.com.