Here’s That Pic of Chad with Tank Abbott

TankAh, the splendor. There are so many awesome things going on in this circa-2003 fan pic of yours truly with fighter/author David “Tank” Abbott that it’s difficult to put it all into words. I mean, the clichéd fist poses, Tank’s T-shirt from the Lean-to Café and Goose Pit Saloon (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 … 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 evening’s co-main, back before they even called them that. Great timing, right?

Here’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: “We 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, ‘Wow, you’re still here. All right, you’ve earned it,’ 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.”

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