Oldschool badass Tank Abbott has a book out, and it may be the greatest literary accomplishment in MMA since that book from Dana White’s mom. Not content to follow the trend of other MMA fighters writing biographies or self help books, Tank wrote a good ol fashioned pulp fiction novel:
Walter Foxx, Happening Beach California’s most feared bar brawler, works at Sea Lion Beach Liquor at night, attends Wong Beach State College in the day, and dishes out street justice in his spare time to the scumbags, posers, wannabes, and bullies of the world who violate his personal code of honor. Driving a 1987 Chevy Sprint with his faithful pit bull Adolf riding shotgun, Walter and his twisted crew of Poppa Chulo, Rolando, Big Cal, and Gonzo hold court at the Dead Grunion bar where they take on all comers. When Walter sees a man beating his girlfriend one night and steps in to assist her, he gets punched for his trouble and makes the perp pay. The man has friends in high places, though, and Walter soon finds himself facing felony assault charges that his 600 pound bench-press-fueled fighting skills alone can’t beat. As he battles liars on the stand and his own hapless attorney John Wittless in a desperate bid to clear his name and avoid prison, Walter struggles to understand what his life means and what his future holds.
This sounds like such a rich and textured world. You may be shocked to learn that Happening Beach is NOT a real place! Tank went on Sherdog Radio to talk about how he blurred the line between reality and imaginationing:
“It’s up for you to figure out if it’s true or not, but if I was a betting man, it’s pretty close to being true,” Abbott told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “But I made things up and made people up and everything else, so it’s just a novel and people can make what they want of it.”
Abbott did acknowledge that he had plenty of real-life material to work from as a writer. He estimated that before debuting in the UFC with a violent knockout of John Matua in July 1995, he’d already had some 200 street fights.
“I can draw on some things and put them into stories, so to speak,” Abbott said.
Of course, an autobiography may have also been interesting, but Abbott said he didn’t think such a work on his life would have been “legally possible.” Instead, he turned to fiction.
“I made sure I had a couple of drinks in me before I’d start taking pen to paper,” Abbott said.
He wrote in spiral notebooks, filling 12 to 13 of them over the course of several years. The second installment, “Street Warrior,” is expected to be released in January. “Cage Fighter” will conclude the trilogy, which is being published by Full Circle Press.
Yes, this is a trilogy. One that will go down alongside such classics as Lord of the Rings, no doubt.