Ah, the splendor. There are so many awesome things going on in this circa-2003 fan pic of yours truly with fighter/author David â€œTankâ€ Abbott that itâ€™s difficult to put it all into words. I mean, the clichÃ©d fist poses, Tank’s T-shirt from theÂ Lean-to CafÃ© and Goose Pit SaloonÂ (the pride of Wasco, Oregon), the terrible goatee I walked around with for almost a full year before finally shaving it, my rad early 2000s tie, the fact I appear to be swilling a mixed drink out of a plastic MGD cup. Yeah, these were the early times, the formative years. The exact details here escape me, though I get the feeling this picture may have been taken at the afterparty for UFC 43 â€¦ which means we approached Tank to ask him for a picture after watching him get choked out by Kimo Leopoldo in a minute, 59 seconds in the eveningâ€™s co-main, back before they even called them that. Great timing, right?
Hereâ€™s an account of our short exchange with Abbott from the third man in the picture, who was likely the only one sober enough to stand as a credible witness:Â â€œWe asked Tank for a photo, and he agreed and then turned around and started talking to this other guy. I remember waiting him out for about 15 or 20 seconds, which felt like 5 minutes, until he turned back to us, gave a look like that said, â€˜Wow, you’re still here. All right, you’ve earned it,â€™ and leaned in between us with his beer front and center. It was quick and dirty, which I’m guessing is how Tank does everything.â€