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David Tank Abbott Biography, Wiki, Height, Net Worth, Career

David Tank Abbott Biography: David Tank Abbott is a retired American MMA fighter, professional wrestler, and author. He is presently the host of his podcast, “The Proving Ground with Tank Abbott.”

David Tank Abbott Biography

David Tank Abbott Biography: David Tank Abbott was born in Huntington Beach, California, on April 26, 1965. Abbott began amateur wrestling at nine and continued through high school when he played football. He went on to wrestle in college and was an NJCAA All-American. He subsequently attended California State University, Long Beach, where he earned a history degree. During this time, he got boxing training from Noe Cruz, who also instructed world champion boxer Carlos Palomino at the Westminster Boxing Gym.

However, Abbott was best known for his numerous street fights, which he rarely lost. Abbott encountered a “smart-ass” client while working at a liquor shop to help pay for his college tuition. Abbott beat the customer, who turned out to be the son of a cop, and the customer brought assault charges. The court sentenced Abbott to six months, saying, “Mr. Abbott, you are a maniac.” I’m shocked you haven’t murdered someone.”

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David Tank Abbott Wiki

NameDavid Tank
Date Of BirthApril 26, 1965
Birth PlaceHuntington Beach, California
Height6ft 0inch
Zodiac SignScorpio
ProfessionMixed Martial Artist
Net Worth$5 million
Car CollectionN/A

David Tank Abbott’s Personal Life

In December 2018, Abbott revealed that his liver had to be replaced due to his lifestyle. Abbott survived despite continuing multiple strokes during surgery, and the transplant was successful.

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What is David Tank Abbott’s Net Worth?

According to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider, Tank Abbott’s net worth is $5 million.

David Tank Abbott Biography

David Tank Abbott MMA Career

Abbott began his mixed martial arts career by applying to the UFC for its UFC 6 event in Casper, Wyoming. Future manager Dave Thomas introduced him to the UFC management as a veteran street fighter who could bench press 600 pounds and had knocked out four men in his most recent fight. The management compared him to the character “Tank Murdock” from the 1978 Clint Eastwood film Every Which Way But Loose, which led them to give David the alias “Tank Abbott” and bill him as a “pit fighter” who had participated in over 200 street battles.

Abbott claims that this was not his first entry to the UFC. Inspired by Kimo Leopoldo’s participation in UFC 3, he sought to enter the promotion as early as September 1994. However, UFC management refused to allow him to fight until UFC 6 after Royce Gracie discontinued competing in the advertisement. Art Davie would later declare that the Gracie family used their hold on the management to limit the participation of fighters with amateur wrestling backgrounds, such as Abbott, in the first events.

David Tank Abbott UFC Career

Abbott debuted at UFC 6 in July 1995, as planned. He actively cultivated the frightening image he had been given, first by mocking martial arts in an interview and then by striking out the 400-pound Hawaiian Kapu Kuialua fighter John Matua in the first 18 seconds of his first fight. Abbott’s reputation was further enhanced by his mockery of Matua’s convulsions after the knockout, as audience physicians ran the cage.

Abbott advanced to the next round and faced off against Paul Varelas, a similarly strong opponent. Abbott knocked out Varelans with ground-and-pound and knee strikes as he mockingly smiled at his opponent as he lay on the mat after returning to the cage to loud applause. His post-match interview included his famous “sexually aroused” comment.

Abbott’s return bout was against Frank Mir on February 23, 2003, at UFC 41. He was knocked out with a toe hold less than a minute into the first round of his rematch. On August 28, 2005, Abbott fought the highly decorated judoka Hidehiko Yoshida at Pride Final Conflict 2005. In the first round, Abbott succumbed via a single-wing choke submission.

On April 13, 2013, at King of the Cage: Fighting Legends, Abbott was defeated by prevalent veteran Ruben “Warpath” Villareal via second-round TKO. On March 20, 2016, Abbott was scheduled to face fellow MMA veteran Dan Severn for the new UR Fight promotion. According to the Arizona Fight Commission, the contest was canceled the day before the event because Abbott failed to pass the required medical tests.

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