by Mick Hammond
As the sport of MMA continues to grow, the fighters involved are becoming more and more a part of the American TV landscape. Already fighters have been featured on channels such as A&E, Spike TV, and now Tank Abbott will be featured on the debut episode of the Discovery Time Channel’s new show Only In America.
The episode, entitled “Fight Club” premiers this Friday, September 2nd at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific and will replay numerous times throughout the upcoming week. Promos for the show explain the episode as journalist Charlie LeDuff’s “exploration of a real American fight club.” The new series is set to focus on events that are truly American in nature, including the fight club scene, gay rodeos, and minor league professional football.
Abbott most recently lost his fourth of five total fights he’s had since his comeback to MMA in 2003. This time Tank was the victim of a Hidehiko Yoshida gi choke in Abbott’s debut fight for Pride. Since his return he’s been submitted in three of five fights but continues to bring in crowds and PPV buys because of his legendary knockout power, which was on full display in his only win earlier this year when he KO’d Cabbage Correira at Rumble on the Rock 7.