|Born||David Lee Abbott
April 26, 1965
Huntington Beach, California
|Other names||David Abbott|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||293 lb (133 kg; 20 st 13 lb)|
|Division||Super Heavyweight (no limit)
Heavyweight (265 lb)
|Fighting out of||Huntington Beach, California|
|Years active||1995-2009, 2013|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
David Lee "Tank" Abbott (born April 26, 1965) is an American mixed martial arts fighter, former professional wrestler, and author. He currently hosts his own podcast series titled "The Proving Ground with Tank Abbott." Abbott is perhaps best known for being an icon in the early stages of mixed martial arts and the UFC, but has also competed in the PRIDE Fighting Championships, Strikeforce, EliteXC, and Cage Rage. He has described his fighting style, which he developed brawling in the bars and streets of Huntington Beach, California, as "Pit Fighting". Abbott was the first fighter to regularly wear what would be known as traditional MMA gloves in the UFC. He is also the author of his biography which is called Bar Brawler.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career (1995–1998)
- 3 Acting career
- 4 Professional wrestling career (1999–2000)
- 5 Mixed martial arts career (2003–present)
- 6 Nickname
- 7 Championships and accomplishments
- 8 Mixed martial arts record
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Abbott was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. Abbott began wrestling when he was nine years old, and continued through high school where he also played football. He then continued wrestling in college, where he was a NJCAA All-American before dropping out. Abbott is mainly known for the countless street fights that he has engaged in, rarely losing, and also has experience in boxing. While working at a liquor store to help pay for his college tuition, Abbott encountered a "smart-ass" customer. Abbott beat the customer severely, and the customer, who turned out to be a son of a detective, pressed charges for assault. Abbott spent six months in jail, the judge saying "Mr. Abbott, you are a maniac. I'm surprised you haven't killed somebody."
Mixed martial arts career (1995–1998)
Abbott was a frequent participant in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Abbott made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 1995 at UFC 6 Clash of the Titans in Casper, Wyoming. In his opening fight, he knocked out the Hawaiian fighter John Matua, who weighed 400 lb, in just 18 seconds. Later that night he fought Russian fighter Oleg Taktarov for over 17 minutes before succumbing to a rear naked choke.  Both men collapsed in exhaustion after the fight, and Taktarov had to be carried out of the cage. 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.
In 1997, Abbott appeared as a UFC fighter in the TV show Friends, defeating Jon Favreau's character, the millionaire Pete Becker, who was dating Monica at the time. He appeared as himself in the 2013 web series Black Dynamite Teaches a Hard Way!, where a Black Dynamite mannequin teaches him what to do in case of an earthquake.
Professional wrestling career (1999–2000)
Abbott worked as a professional wrestler with World Championship Wrestling (WCW); initially he was brought in as an opponent for Goldberg, 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". He began feuding with the stable after they would not let him join the band; the feud ended when Abbott was released from WCW.
Mixed martial arts career (2003–present)
Abbott waged an unsuccessful UFC comeback in the mid-2000s, losing fights to Frank Mir, Kimo Leopoldo and Wesley "Cabbage" Correira. He later defeated Cabbage by KO in a rematch in what is in fact the only time Cabbage has ever been knocked out. Abbott would lose several more matches in regional shows.
His next fight against former PRIDE veteran Mike Bourke on February 13, 2009 at The Selland Arena in Fresno, California—was a part of the Valentine's Eve Massacre Event. Abbott controversially knocked out Bourke with a punch that inadvertently landed in the back of Bourke's head, Abbott secured a victory for the first time in nearly four years.
At King of the Cage: Fighting Legends, on Saturday, April 13, 2013, Abbott was defeated by longtime veteran Ruben "Warpath" Villareal by way of a 2nd round TKO. After the loss, his first sanctioned fight since 2009, Tank said that he was not sure if he would fight again but he had trained seriously for the first time in years, felt great, and had a lot of fun stepping back in the cage. He thanked Warpath and the two men shook hands. As he was leaving the cage Tank said that he was "starting to feel a little old".
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- NJCAA All-American
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||10 wins||15 losses|
|Loss||10–15||Ruben Villareal||TKO (punches)||King of the Cage: Fighting Legends||April 13, 2013||2||2:06||Oroville, California, United States|
|Win||10–14||Mike Bourke||KO (punch)||War Gods/Ken Shamrock: Valentine's Eve Massacre||February 13, 2009||1||0:29||Fresno, California, United States|
|Loss||9–14||Kimbo Slice||KO (punches)||EliteXC: Street Certified||February 16, 2008||1||0:43||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||9–13||Gary Turner||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 21||April 21, 2007||1||2:27||London, England|
|Loss||9–12||Paul Buentello||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello||October 7, 2006||1||0:43||Fresno, California, United States|
|Loss||9–11||Hidehiko Yoshida||Submission (single wing choke)||PRIDE Final Conflict 2005||August 28, 2005||1||7:40||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||9–10||Wesley Correira||KO (punch)||Rumble on the Rock 7||May 5, 2005||1||1:23||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||8–10||Wesley Correira||TKO (cut)||UFC 45||November 21, 2003||1||2:14||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||8–9||Kimo Leopoldo||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 43||June 6, 2003||1||1:59||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–8||Frank Mir||Submission (toe hold)||UFC 41||February 28, 2003||1||0:46||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||8–7||Pedro Rizzo||KO (punch)||UFC Brazil||October 16, 1998||1||8:07||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||8–6||Hugo Duarte||TKO (punches)||UFC 17||May 15, 1998||1||0:43||Mobile, Alabama, United States|
|Win||7–6||Yoji Anjo||Decision||UFC Japan||December 21, 1997||1||15:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||6–6||Maurice Smith||Submission (exhaustion)||UFC 15||October 17, 1997||1||8:08||Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States||For UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||6–5||Vitor Belfort||TKO (punches)||UFC 13||May 30, 1997||1||0:52||Augusta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||6–4||Don Frye||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UU 96||December 7, 1996||1||1:22||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Win||6–3||Steve Nelmark||KO (punch)||UU 96||December 7, 1996||1||1:03||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Win||5–3||Cal Worsham||Submission (punches)||UU 96||December 7, 1996||1||2:51||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Loss||4–3||Scott Ferrozzo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 11||September 20, 1996||1||15:00||Augusta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||4–2||Sam Adkins||Submission (forearm choke)||UFC 11||September 20, 1996||1||2:06||Augusta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||3–2||Dan Severn||Decision (unanimous)||UU 95||December 16, 1995||1||18:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||3–1||Steve Jennum||Submission (neck crank)||UU 95||December 16, 1995||1||1:14||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Oleg Taktarov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 6||July 14, 1995||1||17:47||Casper, Wyoming, United States|
|Win||2–0||Paul Varelans||TKO (punches)||UFC 6||July 14, 1995||1||1:53||Casper, Wyoming, United States|
|Win||1–0||John Matua||KO (punches)||UFC 6||July 14, 1995||1||0:18||Casper, Wyoming, United States|
- Woods, Michael (February 19, 2008). "Abbott not ready to call it quits just yet". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-09-22. Cite error: Invalid
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- Tank Abbott's Terrifying Debut Featured in 'Ultimate Ultimate Knockouts'
- Friends episode "The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion" at the Internet Movie Database
- "Black Dynamite Teaches Tank Abbott "Disaster Safety"". Black Dynamite. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
- Tank Abbott Speaks On His WCW Career, UFC Return, & More
- "The Hurricane". SLAM! Wrestling. June 13, 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- Wall, Jeremy (2005). UFC's Ultimate Warriors. (via Google Books) (ECW Press). p. 27.
- Boone, Matt (February 13, 2003). "Tank Abbott Speaks On His WCW Career, UFC Return, & More". WrestleZone Radio.