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8/25/11 9:07 AM
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Gritty
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If you actually know the fighter and the ufc number, well you're a weirdo. So who was it?
8/25/11 9:17 AM
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Ken Shamrock!
Ken Shamrock!
8/25/11 9:21 AM
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Bob "Board Shorts" Smith @ UFC 21.

He sucked at fighting, but was a true visionary.

I started a "Hall of Fame petition" thread on him a couple of years back. It only had 19 views. Phone Post
8/25/11 9:25 AM
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Wasn't it Tito Ortiz at UFC 13?
8/25/11 9:27 AM
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Tank at UFC 6
8/25/11 12:41 PM
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Tank...
8/25/11 2:16 PM
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Art Jimmerson kept board shorts inside of his lone boxing glove at UFC 1.
8/25/11 2:30 PM
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Tank Abbott helped make the sport what it is today. He was the first KO king, which got fans excited in the fights, especially the fans that didn't understand the ground game. The UFC now has the gloves thanks to him, the board shorts thanks to him and the rule 'No throwing your opponent outside the ring' thanks to him. Also, he might even be the first to sport a badass goatee. Tank deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame.
8/25/11 2:39 PM
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My first thought was Sherk but yeah tank and tito were before I think Phone Post
8/25/11 2:45 PM
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jeremyMMA - Tank Abbott helped make the sport what it is today. He was the first KO king, which got fans excited in the fights, especially the fans that didn't understand the ground game. The UFC now has the gloves thanks to him, the board shorts thanks to him and the rule 'No throwing your opponent outside the ring' thanks to him. Also, he might even be the first to sport a badass goatee. Tank deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame.

8/25/11 2:48 PM
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jeremyMMA - Tank Abbott helped make the sport what it is today. He was the first KO king, which got fans excited in the fights, especially the fans that didn't understand the ground game. The UFC now has the gloves thanks to him, the board shorts thanks to him and the rule 'No throwing your opponent outside the ring' thanks to him. Also, he might even be the first to sport a badass goatee. Tank deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame.


I've always agreed that Tank needs to be in the HoF.
8/25/11 2:49 PM
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Tank is to be respected in his prime he'd beat kimbo which isn't much but more than most ppl can say Phone Post
8/25/11 2:50 PM
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horsesteroids - Art Jimmerson kept board shorts inside of his lone boxing glove at UFC 1.

Legit LOL
8/25/11 3:38 PM
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8/25/11 3:43 PM
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board tent imo
8/25/11 5:07 PM
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Tank Abbott UFC 6 is the correct answer. Tank was also the first one to wear mma gloves as well.
8/25/11 5:13 PM
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720 - Tank Abbott UFC 6 is the correct answer. Tank was also the first one to wear mma gloves as well.


I recall another fighter wearing similar gloves in UFC 4 on a non-televised fight, can't remember the name though.

Tank should definitely be in the Hall of Fame, no other single fighter is responsible for more current UFC rules than Tank. I mean the term TKO comes from "Tank Knock Out" for crying out loud! ;-P

All fans of Tank should look for a very early and rare Zuffa PPV production called Ultimate Tank Abbott. It's one of the most incredibly hilarious things you'll ever watch concerning early UFC history.
8/25/11 5:14 PM
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fcfighter.com/post/ufc-to-premiere-ultimate-tank-abbotton-pay-per-view-friday-march-21

Ufc To Premiere ‘ultimate Tank Abbott’on Pay-per-view, Friday, March 21


From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:



UFC TO PREMIERE ‘ULTIMATE TANK ABBOTT’
ON PAY-PER-VIEW, FRIDAY, MARCH 21

New, One-Hour Special To Highlight Career of Legendary Heavyweight
Encore Re-Plays Continue Throughout March, April


      LAS VEGAS, March 19, 2003…The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will premiere Ultimate Tank Abbott, a one-hour pay-per-view television special, starting at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $9.95.
      Ultimate Tank Abbott is a retrospective of the legendary UFC heavyweight’s career that includes some of the most devastating knockouts and action-packed fights in UFC history. Even more entertaining is the fact that the play-by-play and commentary of each fight is provided by Tank himself while he relaxes with friends at Jay Dee’s Bar and Restaurant in Huntington Beach, Calif. The action includes his impressive debut knockout of John Matua in just 21 seconds and his dismantling of Paul Varelans in 1:51 at UFC 6: Clash of the Titans; his epic battle with Oleg Taktarov as well as highlights and his own insight into fights with Dan Severn, Vitor Belfort, Sam Adkins, Hugo Duarte, Steve Jennum and all the others that created the Tank legend.
      Encore re-plays will start immediately after the premiere on Dish Network and Bell ExpressVu and at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. on Viewers Choice Canada. Additional re-plays include: iN DEMAND, March 22, 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, channel iN1; March 23, 1 a.m. EST/10 p.m. PST, iN2 and 1:30 a.m. EST/10:30 p.m. PST, iN1; March 24, 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, iN2; March 26, 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST, iN1 and Midnight EST/9 p.m. PST, iN2; March 28, 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST and Midnight EST/9 p.m. PST, iN1; March 29, 3:30 p.m. EST/12:30 p.m. PST, iN2, and March 30, 6:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. PST, iN1 and 11 p.m. EST/8 p.m. PST, iN2.
      DIRECTV re-plays will air on its All Day Ticket channel 196 on March 22-24, 26 and 31, and April 3, 7, 11, 15, 17, 19, and 20.
      On Dish Network, the re-play schedule includes March 22, Midnight EST/9 p.m. PST and 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST; March 26, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, and March 28, All Day Ticket starting at 5 a.m. Dish Network also will announce a re-play schedule in April.
      Additional Bell ExpressVu re-plays will air on March 24 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST and March 31, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. Viewers Choice Canada re-plays will air on March 22/March 21 at 1 a.m. EST/10 p.m PST and on its All Day Ticket March 22 and March 27.
      The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment and TDK Mediaactive.
      The UFC’s next PPV event will be UFC 42: Sudden Impact at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, April 25, live from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla.



8/25/11 5:18 PM
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It was televised and the fighter was Melton Bowen.
8/25/11 5:26 PM
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It was televised and the fighter was Melton Bowen.<br type="_moz" />


Ah, that's right. I stand corrected. Tank was the first to wear the board shorts, but the boxer, Melton Bowen who lost to Steve Jennum by armbar in UFC 4 was the first to wear MMA gloves.

8/25/11 6:06 PM
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Tank actually should legitimatley be a HOF candidate. He was one of the most important and watched fighters of the era.

Granted he wasnt the most skillfull guy ever, but rules were made for him, you always tuned in to see him fight, and without Tank, who knows if Tito ends up in the UFC?

That PPV - was that he one where he talked about the Nelmark giving him a hard -on?
8/25/11 7:53 PM
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720 - Tank Abbott UFC 6 is the correct answer. Tank was also the first one to wear mma gloves as well.


I recall another fighter wearing similar gloves in UFC 4 on a non-televised fight, can't remember the name though.

Tank should definitely be in the Hall of Fame, no other single fighter is responsible for more current UFC rules than Tank. I mean the term TKO comes from "Tank Knock Out" for crying out loud! ;-P

All fans of Tank should look for a very early and rare Zuffa PPV production called Ultimate Tank Abbott. It's one of the most incredibly hilarious things you'll ever watch concerning early UFC history.

 Ultimate Tank is awesome!

Cindy

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