Tank Abbott

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 250 lbs

Real Name: David L. Abbott

DOB: 4/26/1965

Hometown: Huntington Beach, California

Other Names: None

Wrestler Since: 1999

Finishing Maneuver: Knockout Punch

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #89(2000)

Other Related Websites:
Tank Abbott - Obsessed With Wrestling Bio
Tank Abbott - Wikipedia Bio
Tank Abbott - Born2Big.com Bio

History: (Last Updated: 1/25/2007)

The Beginning
UFC: 1995-1998
WCW: 2000
UFC: 2003
Other Fights

The Beginning

David Abbott is one of a select few fighters to have made the transition from a Mixed Martial Arts organization to the world of professional wrestling, if only for a brief time. Abbott grew up in Huntington Beach, California, where he supposedly honed his unique fighting skills in various brawls on the streets of his hometown. Along the way, Abbott also attended school, earning a Bachelor's Degree in History, while also being part of the college wrestling team, where he was a Junior College All-American.

UFC: 1995-1998

Abbott, now known as "Tank", entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization in '95, at the age of 30, after years of training as a boxer and wrestler. Abbott was said to be a disciple of "Pit Fighting", his own unique fighting style, although it's been said that UFC created this style, along with his bad-boy character. At Abbott's first event, Clash of the Titans, Abbott immediately created a reputation with the fans, taking out super heavyweight John Matua in seconds. Later on, Abbott also KO'ed Paul Varelans to reach the finals of the UFC Tournament. Abbott faced off against Oleg Taktarov, with the two men brutally attacking each other for nearly 18 minutes before Abbott was forced to tap out to a rear naked choke submission hold from Taktarov. Still, Abbott had quickly put himself on the UFC map. Just as quickly, however, Abbott disappeared, opting to take on other foes elsewhere.

Abbott reappeared in the company in December '95, as part of the Ultimate Ultimate '95 tournament. Abbott struck fast, forcing Steve Jennum to tap out in barely over a minute. But Abbott then had to face the tough task of taking out Dan Severn. After an 18-minute brawl, the two men had to wait for the judges, who awarded the unanimous decision to Severn. Severn later beat Oleg Taktarov to win the Ultimate Ultimate Tournament, while Abbott had to watch from the back.

Abbott returned to the UFC in September '96 at Proving Ground, where he took on Sam Adkins. After 2 minutes, Abbott forced Adkins to submit, showing that Abbott was still a strong force in the ring. Abbott then had a major battle with Scott Ferrazzo, with the two fighting a full 18 minutes. Unfortunately for Abbott, Ferrazzo impressed the judges more, earning the unanimous decision over Abbott. Although Abbott lost the match, he did get a sort of victory, as Ferrazzo was too hurt to continue in the tournament. Mark Coleman, instead, won the tournament that night via forfeit.

In December '96, Abbott returned to the ring in the '96 Ultimate Ultimate Tournament. Abbott was once again a force in the tournament, forcing Cal Worsham to tap out, then knocking Steve Nelmark cold in about a minute. But in the finals, Abbott was unable to come through, as Don Frye made him submit, costing him another chance at winning the tournament. Abbott's next UFC battle was in May '97 at Ultimate Force, where Abbott took on Vitor Belfort. It was not a good night for Abbott, as Belfort knocked Abbott down enough to cause the TKO in under a minute.

At Collision Course in October '97, Abbott went against the Superfight Champion, Maurice Smith. After 8 minutes of both fighters looking for openings, Smith managed to lock Abbott down, forcing him to submit. Abbott next traveled with the company to the Ultimate Japan show in December '97, where he took on Yoji Anjoh. The two fighters went the full 15 minutes in their match, and for once, the judges went with Abbott, giving him the unanimous decision over Anjoh. However, Abbott was still hurting after the match, and had to withdraw from the tournament due to injury (his replacement, Kazushi Sakuraba, won the tournament). A few months later, at UFC's Redemption in May '98, Abbott immediately took the fight to Hugo Duarte, earning a TKO in less than a minute. It was a great victory for Abbott, showing that he was still a strong fighter. However, at Ultimate Brazil in October '98, it didn't go as well for Abbott, as was knocked out by Pedro Rizzo in eight minutes.

WCW: 2000

In late '99, word leaked out that Tank Abbott was coming to World Championship Wrestling. The rumors stated that Abbott was coming to get a piece of Bill Goldberg, aiming to knock out the WCW World Heavyweight Champion with one punch. Ironically, though, the two would never go at it at a WCW Pay-Per-View. Instead, Abbott began feuding with another toughman in the company, Jerry Flynn, with the two brawling several times before they faced off at Souled Out '00. It wasn't exactly an epic clash, as Abbott used his tremendous One-Punch strike to take out Flynn less than 2 minutes into the match, immediately making Abbott a force to be reckoned with in WCW.

Abbott next began going at it with a man known as Big Al (911 in ECW), who had some sort of connection to Abbott's past. Apparently, Big All used to be Abbott's bodyguard. After a few weeks of feuding, the two men met at Superbrawl X in a "Leather Jacket On A Pole" Match. No, that's not a typo. The two fighters fought it out using belts, among other weapons, before Abbott was able to make the climb and get the leather jacket to get the win. After the match, Abbott went after his former 'associate', pulling a knife from the jacket and putting it against Big Al's throat, threatening to kill him while he cut off the man's beard! It was one of the more violent endings in WCW history, shocking most of the viewers that had tuned into the broadcast.

Abbott continued to be a presence on the WCW shows for the next month, having various problems with the head of WCW Security, Doug Dillenger. At Uncensored '00, Abbott made his displeasure known, as he came out during the Lex Luger/Sting "Cast" Match (of which Dillenger was a Lumberjack) and knocked out Dillenger, inciting a brawl between the Lumberjacks. Sting later got the win, thanks to the interference of Vampiro. Soon after this incident, a power shift in the organization (with Vince Russo & Eric Bischoff taking over and forming the New Blood) left Abbott on the outside, as he didn't appear much for the next few months.

In June '00, Abbott began to be part of the growing feud between the Steiner Brothers, apparently siding with Rick to go against Scott. At the '00 Great American Bash, Abbott & Rick took on Scott in a "Handicap Asylum" Match. However, dissention between Abbott and Rick allowed Scott to get the upper hand, knocking out Abbott with a chain and putting on the Steiner Recliner for the victory. Abbott and Rick Steiner had a brief feud afterwards, although it didn't seem to go very far.

During this time, there was a boy-band group in WCW known as Three Count. It featured Evan Karagias, Shane Helms, & Shannon Moore as a dancing trio that wrestled together. During one of their 'concerts' before a match, Abbott was seen in the background, listening along, apparently a fan of their music. Soon, Abbott became a groupie of sorts for the stable, going after anyone who tried to stop their singing careers. Abbott also looked into trying to 'join' the group, dancing along with them when he could. Abbott played a key role in Three Count's "Ladder" Match against the Jung Dragons at New Blood Rising, at one point stopping Jamie-san from hanging onto the gold record that had been hanging above the ring. Tank also kept Kaz Hayashi from getting the other hanging item, the recording contract, by pushing over the ladder, thus allowing Karagias to make the climb and get the win for Three Count.

Soon after the victory, Tank began to get too controlling, ordering around Three Count as if he was their new manager. However, it didn't last, as Three Count opted to 'fire' Abbott, igniting a short feud between the fighter and the faction. It didn't last, though, as Abbott later left WCW, apparently to go to the Power Plant for more seasoning. Abbott would not appear at any more WCW Pay-Per-Views, as the company folded in '01 (and was bought by Vince McMahon).

UFC: 2003

After a few more years in the fighting world, Abbott returned to UFC in February '03 at Onslaught, where he took on Frank Mir. The fans were excited about Abbott's comeback. Unfortunately, it was short-lived, as Abbott was forced to tap out to Mir's Toe Hold within a minute of the fight. Undeterred, Abbott came back at Meltdown in June '03 to take on Kimo Leopoldo. Once again, though, Abbott's age seemed to be showing, as Abbott gave in to an Arm Triangle Choke in about 2 minutes. It was around this time that a video came out, showing Abbott's strength, as he controversially lifted a 600-pound barbell with a bench press. Although some discounted the video due to Abbott's form, it was still an impressive lift. At the UFC's 10th Anniversary Show in November '03, Abbott looked to finally get back on track. But after 2 minutes of fighting, Abbott lost the match to Wes Correira, due to a bloody cut.

Other Fights

Since his time in UFC, Abbott fought in several other organizations. At Rumble On The Rock 7 in May '05, Abbott got some revenge on Wes Correira, KO'ing him for a victory. Abbott also appeared at PRIDE's Final Conflict '05, where he was forced to submit to Hidehiko Yoshida's Chokehold after over seven minutes of fighting. Abbott's last high profile match came in Strike Force, at Tank vs. Buentello in October '06. It wasn't that great a showing, as Tank was knocked out by Buentello in less than a minute.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (11 - 13)
- UFC Clash of the Titans (July 14, '95) = Abbott KO'ed John Matua (0:18), then TKO'ed Paul Varelans (1:54). In the finals of the UFC 6 Tournament, Abbott was forced to submit to Oleg Taktarov (17:47).
- UFC Ultimate Ultimate '95 (December 16) = Abbott beat Steve Jennum (1:15), then lost a unanimous decision to Dan Severn (18:00).
- UFC Proving Ground (September 20, '96) = Abbott forced Sam Adkins to submit (2:06), then lost a unanimous decision to Scott Ferrazzo (18:00).
- UFC Ultimate Ultimate '96 (December 7) = Abbott forced Cal Worsham to submit (2:52) and KO'ed Steve Nelmark (1:05), before losing in the finals, via submission, to Don Frye (1:23).
- UFC Ultimate Force (May 30, '97) = Abbott was TKO'ed by Vitor Belfort (0:53).
- UFC Collision Course (October 17, '97) = Abbott lost to the UFC Superfight Champion, Maurice Smith (8:11).
- UFC Ultimate Japan (December 21, '97) = Abbott won, via unanimous decision, over Yoji Anjoh (15:00).
- UFC Redemption (May 15, '98) = Abbott TKO'ed Hugo Duarte (0:44).
- UFC Ultimate Brazil (October 16, '98) = Abbott was KO'ed by Pedro Rizzo (8:07).
- WCW Souled Out '00 (January 16) = Abbott KO'ed Jerry Flynn (1:39).
- WCW Superbrawl X (February 20, '00) = Abbott won a "Leather Jacket On A Pole" Match over Big Al.
- WCW Great American Bash '00 (June 11) = Abbott & Rick Steiner lost a "Handicap Asylum" Match to Scott Steiner, due to Abbott turning on Rick.
- UFC Onslaught (February 28, '03) = Abbott was forced to submit to Frank Mir (1st - 0:45).
- UFC Meltdown (June 6, '03) = Abbott was forced to submit to Kimo (1st - 1:59).
- UFC 10th Anniversary Show (November 21, '03) = Abbott was TKO'ed by Wes Correira (1st - 2:13).
- Rumble On The Rock 7 (May 7, '05) = Abbott KO'ed Wes Correira (1:23).
- PRIDE Final Conflict '05 (August 28, '05) = Abbott was forced to submit to Hidehiko Yoshida (7:40).
- Strike Force Tank vs Buentello (October 7, '06) = Abbott was KO'ed by Paul Buentello (0:53).

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