Does anyone really want to see Tank Abbott continue fighting?
I sure don’t. In the realm of one-dimensional fighters, Tank Abbott takes the cake as king.
There was once a time in mixed martial arts where a guy could throw flailing bombs and he had a decent chance of knocking his opponent out. This was an era in MMA where every aspect of the sport was still evolving and you could get away with a sloppy stand up offense and defense.
Those days are over, though, and a training regimen of bench pressing 600 pounds and throwing ridiculous flailing punches at heavy bags just doesn’t cut it anymore . Saturday night’s EliteXC main event exemplifies this fact perfectly.
Almost every punch Tank Abbott throws is a swing for the fence. His right hand stays up near his face and his left hand is stationary around his midsection. His jab originates from this position and pulls back to this position also.Theres no force behind the punch and doesn’t set up combo very well. It also leaves a hole in Tank’s defense. Any fighter with a moderately respectable stand up game can easily neutralize this awful technique , land a couple of cross/hook combos, and put tank to the ground. Kimbo executed this game plan perfectly and scored his second mixed martial arts win.
I’ll admit that I’ve never been a fan of Tank Abbott and I don’t remember any of his fights from years past. I knew Kimbo Slice couldn’t have been the first fighter to expose this outrageous flaw in his game, so I just checked out a few of his other knockout losses.
I got through Pedro Rizzo, Paul Buentello, and Vitor Belfort knockouts of Tank Abbott before I had seen enough. Tank Abbott’s stand up game is awful at best. You learn simple offensive and defensive techniques on day one of boxing/kick boxing training. It’s pretty clear the guy steps into a fight with the ambition of collecting a paycheck first and foremost, and secondly hopes that one of his sloppily thrown over hook rights lands somewhere near his opponents face.
I get it. If you want to build a fighter up , throw a name like Tank Abbott in there to build him some recognition. Hopefully Tank Abbott is falling off of that list of names. After watching his awful display of mixed martial arts on Saturday night, I am surprised athletic commissions continue to license him. His fight game is so dated that it’s painful to watch, even before the inevitable knockout punch comes.