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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.Template:Citation needed

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

1995–1998Edit

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] mma1 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–presentEdit

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)Edit

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 careerEdit

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 accomplishmentsEdit

  • 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 recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–14 United States flag Mike Bourke KO (Punch) WarGods/Ken Shamrock Productions: Valentine's Eve Massacre 02009-
February
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February 13, 2009
1 0:29 United States flag Fresno, California, United States
Loss 9–14 Bahamas flag Kimbo Slice KO (Punches) EliteXC: Street Certified 02008-
February
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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February 16, 2008
1 0:43 United States flag Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 9–13 England flag Gary Turner TKO (Strikes) Cage Rage 21 02007-
April
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 21, 2007
1 2:27 England flag England, United Kingdom
Loss 9–12 United States flag Paul Buentello TKO (Punch) Strikeforce: Tank vs Buentello 02006-
October
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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October 7, 2006
1 0:43 United States flag Fresno, California, United States
Loss 9–11 Japan flag Hidehiko Yoshida Submission (Choke) PRIDE Final Conflict 2005 02005-
August
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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August 28, 2005
1 7:40 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
Win 9–10 United States flag Wesley Correira KO (Punch) Rumble On The Rock 7 02005-
May
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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May 5, 2005
1 1:23 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 8–10 United States flag Wesley Correira TKO (Cut) UFC 45: Revolution 02003-
November
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November 21, 2003
1 2:14 United States flag Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 8–9 Germany flag Kimo Leopoldo Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) UFC 43: Meltdown 02003-
June
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June 6, 2003
1 1:59 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–8 United States flag Frank Mir Submission (Toe Hold) UFC 41: Onslaught 02003-
February
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February 28, 2003
1 0:46 United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 8–7 Brazil flag Pedro Rizzo KO UFC Brazil – Ultimate Brazil 01998-
October
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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October 16, 1998
1 8:07 Brazil flag São Paulo, Brazil
Win 8–6 Brazil flag Hugo Duarte TKO (Strikes) UFC 17: Redemption 01998-
May
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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May 15, 1998
1 0:43 United States flag Mobile, Alabama, United States
Win 7–6 Japan flag Yoji Anjo Decision UFC Japan – Ultimate Japan 1 01997-
December
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 21, 1997
1 15:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Loss 6–6 United States flag Maurice Smith Submission (Strikes) UFC 15: Collision Course 01997-
October
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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October 17, 1997
1 8:08 United States flag Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States For UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 6–5 Brazil flag Vitor Belfort TKO (Strikes) UFC 13 – The Ultimate Force 01997-
May
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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May 30, 1997
1 0:52 United States flag Augusta, Georgia, United States
Loss 6–4 United States flag Don Frye Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Ultimate Ultimate 1996 01996-
December
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 12, 1996
1 1:22 United States flag Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 6–3 United States flag Steve Nelmark KO (Punch) Ultimate Ultimate 1996 01996-
December
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 12, 1996
1 1:03 United States flag Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 5–3 United States flag Cal Worsham Submission (Strikes) Ultimate Ultimate 1996 01996-
December
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 12, 1996
1 2:51 United States flag Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Loss 4–3 United States flag Scott Ferrozzo Decision (Unanimous) UFC 11: The Proving Ground 01996-
September
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September 20, 1996
1 15:00 United States flag Augusta, Georgia, United States
Win 4–2 United States flag Sam Adkins Submission (Neck Crank) UFC 11: The Proving Ground 01996-
September
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September 20, 1996
1 2:06 United States flag Augusta, Georgia, United States
Loss 3–2 United States flag Dan Severn Decision (Unanimous) Ultimate Ultimate 1995 01995-
December
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December 16, 1995
1 18:00 United States flag Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 3–1 United States flag Steve Jennum Submission (Neck Crank) Ultimate Ultimate 1995 01995-
December
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 16, 1995
1 1:14 United States flag Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 2–1 Russia flag Oleg Taktarov Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 6: Clash of the Titans 01995-
July
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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July 14, 1995
1 17:47 United States flag Casper, Wyoming, United States
Win 2–0 United States flag Paul Varelans TKO (Strikes) UFC 6: Clash of the Titans 01995-
July
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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July 14, 1995
1 1:53 United States flag Casper, Wyoming, United States
Win 1–0 United States flag John Matua KO (Punches) UFC 6: Clash of the Titans 01995-
July
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July 14, 1995
1 0:18 United States flag Casper, Wyoming, United States

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