David "Tank" Abbott is coming out of retirement on April 13th in a LIVE event broadcast exclusively on the MAVTV American Real Network. The 47-year old former street fighter has not fought professionally since February 2009. His opponent, Ruben "Warpath" Villareal is an active MMA competitor with 48 professional MMA bouts and 20 wins under his belt. Abbott and Villareal will go head-to-head in this no holds barred King of the Cage match at the Gold Country Casino in Oroville, California on April 13, 2013.
When asked why he's returning to the cage after a four-year hiatus, Abbott replied, "A true warrior never puts down his sword. I"m always willing to fightäóîand have fun doing it."
Abbott developed his style, which he calls "Pit Fighting," in the bar brawls and street fights of his hometown Huntington Beach, California. Abbott had over 200 street fights before exploding into the world of Mixed Martial Arts at the 1995 Clash of the Titans. In that abrupt debut, he knocked out 400-pound John Matua in 18 seconds and then fought Oleg Taktarov in an exhausting bout that left both men collapsed, with Taktarov having to be carried out of the cage.
"I love to fight. It's what makes me who I am. It's not about winning or losing, it's about the battle."
Watch Abbot's return to the cage LIVE on MAVTV American Real 's King of the Cage show at 10:00pm EST on April 13th, 2013.