It seems unbelievable, but here is video of Tank Abbott rematching Scott Ferrozzo in a backyard two weekends ago. Seriously, it is. The two originally met at UFC 11 in 1996, with Ferrozzo scoring an unanimous decision win and a mild upset. After years of trash-talking between the two on random internet radio shows, they finally met. Not at the Dixie Cowgirls Night Club in Dayton Ohio as rumored, but on grass.
If that's not enough, Abbott reportedly fought again this past weekend, on the same card that a planned celebrity boxing match between Lenny Dykstra and Jose Canseco was supposed to go down.
Robbie Lawler. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.
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— The California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions and fighter payouts on Monday. Nick Diaz had the highest salary, banking $150,000 for his win over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, who received $20,000. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($85,000), Robbie Lawler ($65,000) and Roger Gracie ($75,000) all took home big paydays as well. In addition, Lawler could be out up to six months due to a fractured left foot. [MMA Weekly]
— DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has reportedly started the application process to be able to attempt to box at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London, England. Mousasi would represent the country of Holland if he was to qualify. [MMAFA.tv]
David “Tank” Abbott. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 19, 2009.
Ken Shamrock. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott both ended their respective losing streaks with wins at the Wargods and KSP co-promoted “Valentine’s Eve Massacre” show on Friday night in Fresno, California.
Shamrock floored replacement opponent Ross Clifton with a right hand just seconds into their bout before finishing him off with an armbar moments later in the first round. Abbott put his infamous knockout power on display, putting Mike Bourke down for the count with a right hand just 29 seconds into their featured attraction. The two MMA pioneers will now likely clash in a showdown later this year that could mark the final professional bout for both fighters.
Complete results from the event:
Ken Shamrock def. Ross Clifton - Submission (Armbar)
Tank Abbott def. Mike Bourke - KO (Punch)
Josh Haynes def. Rafael Real - Split Decision
Mike Moreno def. Gary Padilla - Unanimous Decision
Ron Kessler def. Darrin Freeman - Unanimous Decision
Zoila Frausto def. Karina Hallinan - Split Decision
Issac de Jesus def. Ashe Bowman - Unanimous Decision
Rick Reeves def. Nathan James - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
From Rumble on the Rock 7 in May 2005, here’s the second fight between David “Tank” Abbott and Wesley “Cabbage” Correira.
David “Tank” Abbott. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
FRESNO – WarGods and Ken Shamrock Productions (KSP) are hosting a spectacular MMA event Feb 13th at the Fresno Arena – The Valentine’s Eve Massacre. The event will be the first of a string of shows being set up in 2009 between the two promotions and featuring fights long overdue.
One of these will possibly include a match up in the final stages of negotiations between Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott slated for the end of April in Reno, Nevada. Their rivalry dates back years, it is well publicized and a fight between the two was only a matter of time. Ken Shamrock said it best “There are a lot of fans that have followed this for years, die hard fans, who want to see this and reminisce a little bit.” Wargods and KSP are making 2009 the year of the legends.
Due to unforeseen injuries changes have been made to the Feb 13th card - Ken Shamrock’s original opponent has been changed to Ross Clifton. The David and Goliath match up will be interesting to say the least and Ken’s son Ryan Shamrock will not be able to compete, but will be back on the next card.
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
ProElite, the parent company of Elite Xtreme Combat, has reportedly reached a multi-year deal with Image Entertainment to bring events produced by the budding mixed martial arts promotion to DVD.
The deal will call for Image to release four titles annually under the EliteXC brand name and eight titles annually under the ShoXC banner. EliteXC’s “Destiny” (Frank Shamrock vs. Renzo Gracie) and “Renegade” (Nick Diaz vs. K.J. Noons) are slated to be released on May 13th.
A DVD profiling David “Tank” Abbott will be released the following month.
“There is a growing market for high-quality arena-based mixed martial arts content, and ProElite is the premiere source for this type of sports entertainment,” Steven DeMille, senior VP of marketing at Image told VideoBusiness.com. “We are pleased to add ProElite to our roster of content suppliers as we continue to grow both our distribution channels and scope of programming.”
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Photo by Esther Lin/Pro Elite.
Looking at those already enshrined in the UFC’s Hall of Fame and the one person who is about to be (Mark Coleman), it’s tough to think about a guy like Tank Abbott ever being honored in such a way. After all he’s lost more fights than he’s won in the UFC.
However the above way of thinking can go to waste according to UFC President Dana White, who in a recent interview with Michael Woods of ESPN, revealed that Abbott is basically a shoe-in to receive the promotion’s highest honor:
White said he has a plan for when Abbott announces he is done gloving up that will honor the colorful brawler, whose record is an underwhelming 9-14 but who undeniably helped grow the sport out of its infancy and into young adulthood.
“Tank Abbott,” White said, “absolutely will be in our Hall of Fame.”
I’m not sure if I agree with this. I love Tank to death, don’t get me wrong. He’s one of the most popular fighters in the history of the sport and has been through many a memorable war.
While I’m sure that his presence in the UFC helped pushed the promotion to new levels, I’m not sure if that alone should be enough to grant him a spot in the UFC’s Hall of Fame.
A spot for Tank would take away a spot for another more deserving fighter in my opinion.
What do you guys think?
Photo by Esther Lin/Pro Elite.
Just by looking at tomorrow night’s bout between Kimbo Slice and Tank Abbott, the average fan can likely already tell that Abbott doesn’t stand much of a chance. It’s nothing against Tank, but Kimbo simply has too many ways to win this fight. He’s the superior fighter going into this one and it’s hard to dispute that.
Let’s be honest here. Since 1998, Abbott has only won two fights and he’s lost seven of his last eight fights. His lone win was a knockout of Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, who spoiled Abbott’s UFC homecoming back in 2003 by defeating the Huntington Beach native courtesy of a cut.
However Tank has been through the fire before. Looking past his record, he’s hung in there with some of the best and he always has the ability to end the fight with one punch. Plus with everything said, I still feel like I need to at least attempt to make the case for him in this fight, so here it goes…
Tank has power: We all know this, it’s no secret. Despite what everyone may think, Tank has the power to knock Kimbo out, there’s no question about it. All we have to do is look back to Abbott knocking out Correira in 2005, you know that guy we all thought had a head full of concrete and stuff and couldn’t be knocked out?
Kimbo doesn’t have the best chin. We’ve seen it before in his street fights. However the key here is whether or not he will want to engage in a stand-up war with Tank. Just like in his exhibition bout against Ray Mercer, he could just opt to take Tank down, where he has a clear cut advantage. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.
Tank has the experience: Even though Tank really has only one way to win this fight, the fact that he’s been fighting for well over a decade bodes well for him. It’s likely that Abbott has seen positions during the course of a fight that Kimbo hasn’t, no matter how many different scenarios Bas Rutten tries to put Kimbo in during training sessions.
No pressure for Tank: There is no pressure for Tank Abbott going into this fight. None. He has nothing to lose. In 10 years, he’s won once and that’s it. However all of the pressure is on Kimbo in this one. Unlike Mercer who obviously didn’t even attempt to learn ground skills for their fight and Bo Cantrell who came in on short notice, Tank poses a huge threat in the exact place in this fight where Kimbo is the best.
So there’s the case for Abbott going into this fight. It might not seem like much and it might not change anyone’s mind, but it at least shows us that Tank does at least have a chance against the big bad monster.
Months of bad blood and trash talking will finally culminate at this weekend’s EliteXC: Street Certified, where EliteXC heavyweight sensation and internet street fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will take on legendary former UFC brawler David “Tank” Abbott.
While the fight may not be the sure-fire slugfest everyone is hoping for, it will sure be entertaining nonetheless. With the event only now days away, it begs the question - Who is going to win this Saturday?
A video of Kimbo behind the scenes during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! is after the jump, courtesy of ProEliteTV.