One of the pioneers of mixed martial arts has decided to make a comeback and put one the gloves yet another time. David “Tank” Abbott, who made his debut in the sport at UFC 6, is returning to the sport and will be in the main event against 43-year-old Ruben Villareal at the King of the Cage event in April.
“King of the Cage: Fighting Legends” takes place April 13 at Gold Country Casino in Oroville, California and will be televised on select satellite and cable providers.
“Tank Abbott basically built the sport of MMA and brought it into the mainstream when he started fighting in the mid-90s,” King of the Cage owner Terry Trebilcock Jr. said of the 47-year-old Abbott. “There is no true MMA fan in the world who doesn’t know who Tank Abbott is, and we’re thrilled that he has picked King of the Cage to resume his fighting career when he could have fought in any event in the world.”
Abbott has not fought since February of 2009, but he is excited to have an opportunity to step back into the cage.
“King of the Cage represents the passion and excitement of what MMA is really about,” Abbott said in a statement. “It’s great to be fighting on MavTV and to reconnect with the true fans of the sport. It’s why I spent six years writing my three books and why I’m getting back into the cage now. Life is about defying the odds and overcoming all obstacles to follow your passion and pursue your dreams and that is what my books are about. Plus, it’s always nice to beat someone up with having to worry about going to jail.”
The bout between Abbott and Villareal won’t mean anything in the big picture of the sport, but it should be an interesting slugfest that will bring fans back to the original days.