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David
“Tank” Abbott
made his first
Ultimate Fighting Championship
appearance at UFC
6
on July 14, 1995 and remained with the promotion until
UFC
45
eight years later. Abbott successfully utilized his brawling
style inside the Octagon until a new breed of more complete mixed
martial artists developed and invaded the scene.

An accomplished collegiate wrestler with insanely heavy hands and
the mean streak to match, Abbott was an MMA original. After
retiring from the sport following a 1998 loss to Pedro Rizzo,
he returned to active competition five years later against future
heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
Abbott has not fought since his April 2013 technical knockout
defeat to Ruben
Villareal
.

Looking back on Abbott’s remarkable career, here are some of the
numbers that have come to define him:

9: Years of age when he started wrestling. Abbott
continued in high school and later competed at the collegiate
level, where he was a National Junior College Athletic Association
All-American.

1: Fight that did not end within one round. In
Abbott’s 25 professional appearances, only his King of
the Cage
confrontation with Villareal reached Round 2.

18: Seconds needed to dispose of John Matua at
UFC 6. It marked Abbott’s professional debut and remains one of the
most violent and unsettling knockouts in MMA history.

2: Runner-up finishes in UFC tournaments. After
knocking out Matua, Abbott went on to defeat Paul
Varelans
by first-round technical knockout before losing to
Oleg
Taktarov
in the UFC 6 tournament final. On Dec. 7, 1996, “Tank”
struck Cal
Worsham
into submission and delivered a 63-second knockout
against Steve
Nelmark
before bowing to Don Frye in the
UFC
Ultimate Ultimate 1996
tournament.

7: Victories by knockout or technical knockout.
Apart from Matua, Varelans, Nelmark and Worsham, Abbott also took
out Hugo
Duarte
, Wesley
Correira
and Mike Bourke
with punches.

2: Submission wins to his credit. Abbott tapped
Steve
Jennum
and Sam Adkins with
neck cranks.

4: Fights taken outside of the United States.
Abbott competed at UFC
15.5
in Japan in December 1997, UFC
17.5
in Brazil in October 1998, Pride
Fighting Championships Final Conflict 2005
in Japan in August
2005 and Cage
Rage 21
in England in April 2007.

15: Career defeats on his resume. Abbott has lost
seven times by knockout, six times by submission and twice by
decision.

18: Appearances in the UFC. Abbott went 8-10 in
those bouts.

7: Promotions other than the UFC in which he has
competed. Abbott fought in the Rumble
on the Rock
,
Pride Fighting Championships
, Strikeforce,
Cage
Rage
, EliteXC,
War
Gods
and King of
the Cage
organizations.

53: Years of age. Abbott was born on April 26,
1965 in Huntington Beach, California.


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