UFC veterans settle beef 15 years later in brutal backyard brawl

Monday, July 13, 2020

On September 20, 1996, in Augusta, Georgia at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 11 a bare-knuckled fistfight in a steel cage went down that people still talk about to this day.  When memorable fights occur people talk about them and then oftentimes the conversation turns to a conversation, sometime years later, as to what would happen if that fight occurred during the current time period.

People discuss how these fighters have aged, what attributes they may have gained over the years, what attributes they may have once possessed but were robbed of by Father Time, etc.  It is very rare that the aforementioned scenario is ever realized but this is exactly what Scott “The Pitbull” Ferrozzo and David “Tank” Abbot did.

Their first fight back in 1996 was one that was highly anticipated, did not disappoint, and to this day is still talked about.  That fight went to a draw, which was common practice back then when a fight was not finished within the allotted single round time period, this fight, in particular, had a 15-minute time limit.  Over the years, the two aging fighters have often been brought up due to their fast-paced, high powered, brutal style and how they would compare to the stable of current mixed martial artists.

These two warriors decided to do what no one at the time had ever done: fight each other…again…15 years after the fact…in a backyard.

This is 5 years before Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock did it for Bellator and even then it occurred during a sanctioned and regulated event.  Tank and Ferrozzo decided to have another go at it in an unsanctioned backyard brawl.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…