Tank Abbott is a renowned name in martial arts. He is fifty-six today and retired but he has always been an icon when it comes to wrestling. He is credited to develop his style which is called “Pit Fighting.” He has also written a book about himself. Though he is retired now, his magic still stays. Go on reading till the end to know more about this professional wrestler’s life, career, and net worth.
About Tank Abbott
Tank’s original name is David Lee Abbott. He is a Caucasian and has shown his skills multiple times at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) under the category of Super Heavyweight. Apart, he has proved himself in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as well. “The Proving Ground with Tank Abbott” is his podcast which he runs successfully.
During his young years, he was always in the news for one thing or another. In the past, he has starred in a web series named “Black Dynamite Teaching A Hard Way!” He also wrote a novel called Bar Brawler. In 2018, he had to go through a surgery wherein his liver had to be transplanted. Fortunately, with all his tough strength, he survived this high-risk surgery.
Early Life and Family
Abbott was born on 26 April 1965 and raised in Huntington Beach, California. He was only nine when he started training his skills in wrestling.his High School, he also used to play football. Very different from his career and personality, he had received his graduate degree in History from California State University, Long Beach. Taking his interest in his collegiate life, he became an NJCAA All-American. Professionally his active years were 1995-1998, 2003-2009, in 2013. With no information concerning his past relationships, he announced his marriage with Sally Abbott in 2018.
His Career and Major Milestones
His career began as a street fighter and it is said that he had fought in around 200 Street fights. Professionally, he stepped into the world of mixed martial arts when he was thirty. Now Cruz was his first trainer and his first professional victory was when he defeated John Motua with a strong Knock-Out. He has also participated in championships like Strikeforce, Cage, Rage, and others
In 1995, Tank made his debut at UFC 6 level. After watching him fight against Oleg Taktarov, the referee John McCarthy called him the “next big star of the sport.” With many ups and downs in his career, he made a comeback in 2003. But he couldn’t show his magic and won very few times.
Things you didn’t know about Tank
- He was the first one to wear MMA gloves in his matches in Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- UFC management once compared Abbott to a character in the 1978 movie Any Which Way You Can, named “Tank Murdock” and that’s how he got popular as “Tank Abbott.”
- Abbott also appeared on the very popular show on F.R.I.E.N.D.S in an episode, “The One With The Ultimate Fighting Champion.”
Tank’s current net worth is estimated to be around $2.7 million. He has amassed huge wealth through his matches along with his business. Now that he has retired, his podcast brings in most of the annual earnings.