Tank Abbott


Tank Abbott
David Abbott
Born April 26, 1965 (1965-04-26) (age 46)
Huntington Beach, California, U.S.
Other names Tank
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 255 lb (115.7 kg; 18.2 st)
Division Super Heavyweight (no limit)
Heavyweight (265 lb)
Style Boxing, Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Huntington Beach, California[1]
Years active 1995 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 11
By knockout 6
By submission 3
By decision 2
Losses 14
By knockout 6
By submission 6
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

David Lee Abbott (born April 26, 1965) is an American mixed martial arts fighter and former professional wrestler. He has described his fighting style, which he developed brawling in the bars and streets of Huntington Beach, California, as "street fighting". Abbott was the first fighter to regularly wear what would be known as traditional MMA gloves in the UFC.

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Mixed martial arts career (1995–1998)

Abbott was a frequent participant in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Abbott made his mixed martial arts debut in 1995 at UFC 6 Clash of the Titans in Casper, Wyoming. In his opening fight, he knocked out John Matua, who weighed 400 lb, in 18 seconds.[2] Later that night he fought Oleg Taktarov for over 17 minutes before succumbing to a rear naked choke.[3] [1] Both men collapsed in exhaustion after the fight, and Taktarov had to be carried out of the cage.[3] In his first 4 UFC tournament appearances, Abbott advanced at least 1 round in all of them. Around the same time the UFC began switching away from the tournament format, his fortunes declined, as he won only 2 of 5 bouts in '97-'98 before retiring from MMA. Tank still fights on the B-level circuit, provided there will be beer at the event and that his bar tab is covered by the promoter.

Acting career

In 1997, Abbott appeared as a UFC fighter in the TV show Friends,[4] defeating Jon Favreau's character, the billionaire Pete Becker, who was dating Monica at the time.

Professional wrestling career (1999–2001)

Abbott worked as a professional wrestler with World Championship Wrestling (WCW);[5] initially he was brought in as an opponent for Goldberg,[5] on the understanding he was a "legitimate" fighter—who could render any opponent unconscious with a single punch, which became his wrestling finisher, 'The Phantom Right'—and could boost Goldberg's reputation. This feud, however, never developed.

Mere days prior to the Souled Out pay-per-view in 2000, WCW head writer Vince Russo was given the responsibility of booking a match to crown a new WCW World Heavyweight Champion. This came at the news that both WCW Champion Bret Hart and Jeff Jarrett, two of the company's top performers, were injured and could not participate at the event. To the dismay of company officials, Russo suggested having the mid-card Abbott win the Championship albeit only to hold it briefly. The scenario would not take place, and Russo was consequently released from WCW while other bookers composed the Souled Out card. Abbott instead faced Jerry Flynn, a legitimate black belt in taekwondo and defeated him at the pay-per-view.

He was then featured in segments with the boy band parody stable, 3 Count as their "biggest fan".[6] He began feuding with the stable after they would not let him join the band; the feud ended when Abbott was released from WCW.[6]

Mixed martial arts career (2003 - present)

Abbott waged an unsuccessful UFC comeback in the mid 2000's, losing fights to Frank Mir, Kimo Leopoldo and Wesley "Cabbage" Correira. He later defeated Cabbage by K.O. in a rematch. Abbott would lose several more matches in regional shows.

In February 2008, he had a first round knockout loss to Kimbo Slice at Elite XC's Street Certified event.[1]

His next fight against Mike Bourke on February 13, 2009 at The Selland Arena in Fresno, California—was a part of the Valentine's Eve Massacre Event. Abbott knocked out Bourke in the first round and secured a victory for the first time in nearly four years.

Abbott rematched with Scott Ferrozzo on October 30, 2011 winning by decision after a 15 minute round followed by a 3 minute overtime period.

On November 5th,Tank Abbott had a rematch of sorts with Kimo Leopoldo when they participate in a celebrity boxing match that took place at The Avalon in Hollywood, California. It consisted of three one minute rounds and it is unclear who won at the end of the match and currently unknown what decision the judges scoring the bout came to.

Nickname

Abbott claims his nickname of “Tank” was given to him by UFC officials after the character of “Tank Murdock“ from the 1978 Clint Eastwood movie Every Which Way but Loose.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Amateur wrestling

  • NJCAA All American
  • California High School State Champion

Mixed martial arts record

win {vs Scott Ferrozzo} Portland Oregon King Of Backyard fights decision

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–14 United States Mike Bourke KO (punch) War Gods/Ken Shamrock: Valentine's Eve Massacre 02009-02-13 February 13, 2009 1 0:29 Fresno, California, United States
Loss 9–14 The Bahamas Kimbo Slice KO (punches) EliteXC: Street Certified 02008-02-16 February 16, 2008 1 0:43 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 9–13 England Gary Turner TKO (punches) Cage Rage 21 02007-04-21 April 21, 2007 1 2:27 London, England
Loss 9-12 United States Paul Buentello KO (punch) Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello 02006-10-07 October 7, 2006 1 0:43 Fresno, California, United States
Loss 9–11 Japan Hidehiko Yoshida Submission (gi choke) PRIDE Final Conflict 2005 02005-08-28 August 28, 2005 1 7:40 Saitama, Japan
Win 9–10 United States Wesley Correira KO (punch) Rumble on the Rock 7 02005-05-05 May 5, 2005 1 1:23 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 8–10 United States Wesley Correira TKO (cut) UFC 45 02003-11-21 November 21, 2003 1 2:14 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 8–9 United States Kimo Leopoldo Submission (arm triangle choke) UFC 43 02003-06-06 June 6, 2003 1 1:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–8 United States Frank Mir Submission (toe hold) UFC 41 02003-02-28 February 28, 2003 1 0:46 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 8–7 Brazil Pedro Rizzo KO (punch) UFC Brazil 01998-10-16 October 16, 1998 1 8:07 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 8–6 Brazil Hugo Duarte TKO (punches) UFC 17 01998-05-15 May 15, 1998 1 0:43 Mobile, Alabama, United States
Win 7–6 Japan Yoji Anjo Decision UFC Japan 01997-12-21 December 21, 1997 1 15:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 6–6 United States Maurice Smith Submission (punches) UFC 15 01997-10-17 October 17, 1997 1 8:08 Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States For UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 6–5 Brazil Vitor Belfort KO (punches) UFC 13 01997-05-30 May 30, 1997 1 0:52 Augusta, Georgia, United States
Loss 6–4 United States Don Frye Submission (rear naked choke) UU 96 01996-12-12 December 12, 1996 1 1:22 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 6–3 United States Steve Nelmark KO UU 96 01996-12-12 December 12, 1996 1 1:03 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 5–3 United States Cal Worsham Submission (punches) UU 96 01996-12-12 December 12, 1996 1 2:51 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Loss 4–3 United States Scott Ferrozzo Decision (unanimous) UFC 11 01996-09-20 September 20, 1996 1 15:00 Augusta, Georgia, United States
Win 4–2 United States Sam Adkins Submission (forearm choke) UFC 11 01996-09-20 September 20, 1996 1 2:06 Augusta, Georgia, United States
Loss 3–2 United States Dan Severn Decision (unanimous) UU 95 01995-12-16 December 16, 1995 1 18:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 3–1 United States Steve Jennum Submission (neck crank) UU 95 01995-12-16 December 16, 1995 1 1:14 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 2–1 Russia Oleg Taktarov Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 6 01995-07-14 July 14, 1995 1 17:47 Casper, Wyoming, United States
Win 2–0 United States Paul Varelans TKO (punches) UFC 6 01995-07-14 July 14, 1995 1 1:53 Casper, Wyoming, United States
Win 1–0 United States John Matua KO (punches) UFC 6 01995-07-14 July 14, 1995 1 0:18 Casper, Wyoming, United States

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