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David Abbott

Born April 26, 1965 (1965-04-26) (age 44)
Huntington Beach, California
Other names Tank
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 280 lb (130 kg; 20 st)
Style Street fighting, Pit Fighting
Fighting out of Huntington Beach, California[1]
MMA record
Total 24
Wins 10
By knockout 6
By submission 3
Losses 14
Draws 0

David Lee Abbott (born April 26, 1965) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He has described his fighting style, which he developed brawling in the bars and streets of Huntington Beach, California, as "Street fighting".

In addition to his MMA career, Abbott wrestled professionally between 1999 and 2001 under the ring name Tank Abbott. Tank is credited as the first fighter ever to wear what would be known as traditional MMA gloves in the UFC, though professional boxer Melton Bowen wore another style of fingerless leather martial arts gloves during his bout against Steve Jennum in UFC 4.[citation needed]

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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.

2003–present

Tank 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. Tank 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.

Professional wrestling career (1999–2001)

Abbott worked as a professional wrestler with World Championship Wrestling (WCW);[4] initially he was brought in as an opponent for Goldberg,[4] 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 Sold 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 the WCW while other bookers composed the Sold 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, Three Count as their "biggest fan".[5] He began feuding with the stable after they would not let him join the band; the feud ended when Abbott was released from WCW.[5]

Acting career

In 1997 Abbott appeared as a UFC fighter in the TV show Friends,[6] defeating Jon Favreau's character, the billionaire Pete Becker, who was dating Monica at the time.

Championships and accomplishments

  • UFC 6: Clash of the Titans Runner-Up
  • UU 96 – Ultimate Ultimate 1996 Runner-Up
  • NJCAA All American (wrestling)
  • California High School State Champion (wrestling)

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–14 United States Mike Bourke KO (Punch) WarGods/Ken Shamrock Productions: Valentine's Eve Massacre 02009-02-13 February 13, 2009 1 0:29 United States 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 United States Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 9–13 England Gary Turner TKO (Strikes) Cage Rage 21 02007-04-21 April 21, 2007 1 2:27 England England, United Kingdom
Loss 9–12 United States Paul Buentello TKO (Punch) Strikeforce: Tank vs Buentello 02006-10-07 October 7, 2006 1 0:43 United States Fresno, California, United States
Loss 9–11 Japan Hidehiko Yoshida Submission (Choke) PRIDE Final Conflict 2005 02005-08-28 August 28, 2005 1 7:40 Japan 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 United States Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 8–10 United States Wesley Correira TKO (Cut) UFC 45: Revolution 02003-11-21 November 21, 2003 1 2:14 United States Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 8–9 Germany Kimo Leopoldo Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) UFC 43: Meltdown 02003-06-06 June 6, 2003 1 1:59 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–8 United States Frank Mir Submission (Toe Hold) UFC 41: Onslaught 02003-02-28 February 28, 2003 1 0:46 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 8–7 Brazil Pedro Rizzo KO UFC Brazil – Ultimate Brazil 01998-10-16 October 16, 1998 1 8:07 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
Win 8–6 Brazil Hugo Duarte TKO (Strikes) UFC 17: Redemption 01998-05-15 May 15, 1998 1 0:43 United States Mobile, Alabama, United States
Win 7–6 Japan Yoji Anjo Decision UFC Japan – Ultimate Japan 1 01997-12-21 December 21, 1997 1 15:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan
Loss 6–6 United States Maurice Smith Submission (Strikes) UFC 15: Collision Course 01997-10-17 October 17, 1997 1 8:08 United States Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States For UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 6–5 Brazil Vitor Belfort TKO (Strikes) UFC 13 – The Ultimate Force 01997-05-30 May 30, 1997 1 0:52 United States Augusta, Georgia, United States
Loss 6–4 United States Don Frye Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Ultimate Ultimate 1996 01996-12-12 December 12, 1996 1 1:22 United States Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 6–3 United States Steve Nelmark KO (Punch) Ultimate Ultimate 1996 01996-12-12 December 12, 1996 1 1:03 United States Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 5–3 United States Cal Worsham Submission (Strikes) Ultimate Ultimate 1996 01996-12-12 December 12, 1996 1 2:51 United States Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Loss 4–3 United States Scott Ferrozzo Decision (Unanimous) UFC 11: The Proving Ground 01996-09-20 September 20, 1996 1 15:00 United States Augusta, Georgia, United States
Win 4–2 United States Sam Adkins Submission (Neck Crank) UFC 11: The Proving Ground 01996-09-20 September 20, 1996 1 2:06 United States Augusta, Georgia, United States
Loss 3–2 United States Dan Severn Decision (Unanimous) Ultimate Ultimate 1995 01995-12-16 December 16, 1995 1 18:00 United States Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 3–1 United States Steve Jennum Submission (Neck Crank) Ultimate Ultimate 1995 01995-12-16 December 16, 1995 1 1:14 United States Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 2–1 Russia Oleg Taktarov Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 6: Clash of the Titans 01995-07-14 July 14, 1995 1 17:47 United States Casper, Wyoming, United States
Win 2–0 United States Paul Varelans TKO (Strikes) UFC 6: Clash of the Titans 01995-07-14 July 14, 1995 1 1:53 United States Casper, Wyoming, United States
Win 1–0 United States John Matua KO (Punches) UFC 6: Clash of the Titans 01995-07-14 July 14, 1995 1 0:18 United States Casper, Wyoming, United States

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