The Great Sherdog Debate: Kimbo vs. Tank
The Great Sherdog Debate team is back for another round of arguing
and name-calling. Steven Curtis pulled off an unfathomable upset
last time around, ending Mike Sloan's winning streak, which had
tied Mike Fridley's for the second longest in GSD history. Now the
lanky Vegas resident is bitter and out for revenge.
Who will win the debate over the fight between "Kimbo" and "Tank"
come Saturday night?
Good win last time, Steven.
Enjoy the sweet savory aroma of victory. You'll never experience
that again as long as you debate against me.
With that said, if someone would have told me that in 2008, I'd be
penning an article in which I debate a much-ballyhooed showdown
between vintage UFC retread David "Tank" Abbott and some former
street fighter with only two professional MMA fights under his
belt, I'd claim there to be some tomfoolery going on. Also, if that
same person said this fight would be a headliner on Showtime and
many, many people who love the sport would be clamoring to watch
it, I'd have to check both of my legs to see which one was being
Fitting that as I write a winning debate featuring Tank Abbott, I
am sipping on an icy cold Blue Moon. Because let's be straight
here: The inebriated original Huntington Beach Bad Boy will usurp
Kimbo's rise to mega stardom via first-round knockout.
Yes, that's right. Call me a buffoon who has been sitting too close
to the exhaust pipes on my pop's old T-Bucket, but Kimbo is not all
that and a bag of chips. He's got some skills and he punches hard,
but I can't imagine that he has ever fought any man with the
punching prowess of Abbott.
Kimbo will charge out at center cage to engage with Abbott, and
he'll land a few good shots here and there. But Abbott will survive
the onslaught and deliver an atomic bomb onto the jaw of Kimbo and
send the Floridian to the canvas, out cold.
There's only room for one real street fighter in this sport, and
his name is Tank -- the original hard ass who spat on traditional
martial arts, conditioning, ground defense, technique, weight
control, cholesterol levels, authority and just about everything
else highly skilled MMA fighters cherish.
Like your alleged winning streak, Kimbo will be sent to the
Let me just say that I'm
still enjoying the post-victory honeymoon courtesy of my man
Frank Mir (Pictures). Thanks, Frankie Boy, for being
in good enough shape to fight for a couple of minutes. Judging from
Mir's breathless post-fight interview, he probably wouldn't have
lasted much longer.
But I digress. Sloan, I don't care how many wins you've strung
together, the momentum is on my side now. You're going down again,
and this is going to be easy.
You know I'm a huge Tank fan, but the guy is finished. It's been a
long time since he sorta trained and fought guys like Oleg
Taktarov. And while Tank could skate by in his 20s with no
preparation, he can't anymore. He's 1-7 in his last eight fights,
which date back almost 10 years. Over that same span, he's had
about 40 minutes of ring time.
Abbott may be the undisputed champion at your local Shell station
or 7-Eleven, but as far as MMA is concerned, he's about as
successful as Knockdown Brown.
I suppose he could catch Kimbo with a bomb, but that's about as
likely as Roger Clemens re-hiring Brian McNamee. Tank is facing a
guy who is more determined, more conditioned, more athletic and
just as good a puncher. Kimbo also has a height, weight and
My sense is that Kimbo finishes him very quickly, but even if he
has to endure the Tank onslaught, which would probably last oh,
about 30-90 seconds before he's gassed, Kimbo is more than capable
of weathering the storm. He's going to knock out Tank in the first,
and we're going to have a new King of the Streets.
If only this fight had happened 10 years ago.
Ricco is one of those fighters
who let his talents get swept away by the undertow. He still has
the tools to make a comeback, but he won't begin his road back
toward the top against Silva. Antonio will score a tedious decision
win in a lousy fight.
Mike, I'm with you 100 percent.
Running on the treadmill with Dr. Drew is no match for a 9-1
fighter who has been training year-round with American Top Team.
Silva by decision.
Yves is as focused as he's been
in a very long time. Berto has potential, but he's still green
whereas Yves is the real deal and has fought the best of the best
on the biggest stages. Yves will knock Berto out in the second.
: I agree that Yves has been very
impressive lately -- that was a tremendous performance against
Martinez. But you're giving him too much credit by calling for a KO
or even a victory. Edson is going to put a stop to Yves' two-fight
win streak via decision.
Both fighters were winners in
their last fights, so that means somebody's winning streak will
come to end. My bet is that since Smith has taken on tougher
competition and that Noke seems to have lost the ability to finish
fights, Smith will prevail. And he'll do it with that crazy stare
The ability to go the distance
is precisely why Noke is going to prevail. He's never been knocked
out and he's faced some guys with some strong punching power. While
Smith is a talented fighter, he leans heavily on his standup to
win. That won't be enough to beat Noke, who will win by decision
and buy the first round of Fosters at the after-party.
Talk about inconsistent!
Thompson tends to pull out miraculous upsets on some nights but
then loses to virtual unknowns the next. Since Rogers is still
unknown, that means Thompson will lose. Rogers by late first-round
stoppage -- this cat is promising.
It's tough to make a case for a
guy who got knocked out by Butterbean. This is a toss up in my
mind, but the entertainment potential is definitely there. Both
guys will be swinging for the fences, and it's going to end in the
first round. I'm betting the real James Thompson (Pictures) shows up Saturday and wins by
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