The Tank is back! URSHOW.tv announce that after the withdrawal of Ken Shamrock, UFC veteran “Tank” Abbott (10-5) will now step in to face Dan Severn on March 20.
In URSHOW.tv’s inaugural UR Fight broadcast, Ken Shamrock was scheduled to face Dan Severn in a rubber match of their – not so legendary – UFC feud.
However; after Shamrock’s controversial loss to Royce Gracie at Bellator 149, February 19, the fight will no longer happen on the Phoenix, AZ card which also features Michael Bisping vs. Chael Sonnen as well as Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle.
Shamrock lost via first round TKO in the main event of the Bellator tent-pole event and surrounding the circumstances of the stoppage; which Shamrock believes included an illegal groin strike from Gracie, has since filed a complaint with the Texas State Athletic Commission pending further investigation.
The UFC legend also penned an open letter to Gracie telling his Brazilian nemesis: “It needs to finish the right way.”
In his place, URSHOW.tv have announced one of MMA’s gutsiest ever fighters (not a compliment), in David “Tank” Abbott. The 50 year-old former fighter and professional wrestler steps in to fight Severn and looks to avenge a unanimous decision loss from Ultimate Ultimate 1995.
If you didn’t already think Abbott was a total nut for taking this fight after three years of inactivity, then why not check out his thoughts on female fighters. SPOILER – he don’t like ’em.
Abbott hasn’t actually fought under MMA rules since a 2013 TKO loss to Ruben Villareal at King of the Cage. In his career, Abbott holds a credible knockout record, with six knockout finishes in his favour. What is even more impressive, taking into account his brawler style of fight, is that he has only been knocked out seven times himself.
Abbott has only won one out of his last six fights and rivals opposed to Severn, 57, who has won one in his last three – his last appearance a decision victory in 2012.
The Live Stream iPPV will be broadcast on URSHOW.tv.