Tank Abbott ( born April 26, 1963; actually David Abbott) is an American mixed martial arts fighter and former professional wrestler. In February 2009, the balance of his MMA fights ten victories and defeats was fourteen.
Tank Abbott is regarded as man without great martial arts skills and could never achieve great success in his MMA career. But through its image as pubs clubs, street fighter and a cocky bully he is one of the most famous fighters of MMA.
Mixed Martial Arts
A native of Huntington Beach former college wrestler and amateur boxer Tank Abbott began his career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in July 1995. He managed the UFC 6 tournament to the finals where he was defeated after 18 minutes from Oleg Taktarov. End of the year he lost in the semifinals of the Ultimate Ultimate 1995 Dan Severn, after he had defeated the previous tournament winner Steve Jennum. In February 1996, he has served as the spectators at the UFC 8 tournament a scuffle and insulted the wife of an arbitrator. As a result he was suspended for several months and only came back at UFC 11 in September 1996. There he was stopped after a win over Sam Adkins of Scott Ferrozzo. In December at The Ultimate Ultimate 1996, he was defeated only in the finale of Don Frye. This was followed by defeats against Vitor Belfort and Maurice Smith. After wins over Yoji Anjo and Hugo Duarte he lost in October 1998 against Pedro Rizzo.
In 1999, Tank Abbott to World Championship Wrestling. When this promotion in the spring of 2001 purchased and as such ceased to exist, Abbott withdrew until his contract had expired with the previous owner Time Warner.
Return to MMA
Closed end of 2002 Abbott with the UFC a contract for three fights for every $ 150,000 from. The first he denied in February 2003, when he lost to Frank Mir. He had to put up against Kimo Leopoldo Another defeat. At the UFC 45 bout against Wesley Correira his last UFC fight, then won but two years later the organizer Rumble On The Rock against the same opponents. He fought once in 2005 for the Japanese organizers PRIDE FC, losing to the former Olympic gold medalist in judo, Hidehiko Yoshida. In October 2006, he lost in Strikeforce against Paul Buentello, 2007 at Cage Rage against Gary Turner.
February 13, 2008 Abbott fought at EliteXC: Street Certified against Kimbo Slice and lost by KO. On February 13, 2009 Abbott joined a smaller event, WarGods / Ken Shamrock Productions: on Valentine's Eve Massacre, against Mike Bourke and won after four defeats for the first time a fight.
In the sitcom Friends played Tank Abbott in the 1997 first broadcast episode Fighting Games themselves