David Lee "Tank" 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.
Mixed martial arts career
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. Later that night he fought Oleg Taktarov
for over 17 minutes before succumbing to a rear naked choke
.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.
Abbott waged an unsuccessful UFC comeback in the mid 2000's, losing fights to Frank Mir