From sherdog.com A body believed to be that of former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner (Pictures) was found Monday in the Palo Verde mountain area, the Imperial Valley Press has reported. Calls to the Imperial Valley sheriffs department and coroners office were not immediately returned. Tanner, 37, had embarked on a camping trip some time around Sept. 2 into the desert-like region north of Brawley, Calif., approximately two and a half hours east of San Diego. Sherdog.com has ascertained various unconfirmed reports that Tanners body was identified Monday and that relatives have been notified. An autopsy is said to be scheduled for Tuesday. Deana Epperson, who grew up across the street from Tanner and his family in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas, said she'd been told that the fighter had texted friends in Oceanside as late as Thursday, telling them that he'd run out of water and gas for his motorcycle. Authorities were then contacted to try and locate the fighter.