Tank Abbott Tried Getting Involved In Near Brawl At Bellator 226

Two division Bellator MMA champion Ryan Bader defended the heavyweight gold against Cheick Kongo in the main event of Bellator 226, but the bout would end in a no contest due to an accidental eye poke from Bader to Kongo.

A near brawl almost erupted after the event between Bader and Rampage Jackson, but a fighting legend in Tank Abbott almost got involved in the near brawl as well.

“I was just at the Cheick Kongo fight in San Jose a couple of weeks back and it got stopped by a thumb in the eye. Who knows if it was intentional or not, but it was a no-contest. There was a little skirmish after the fact, and I was trying to make my way into the cage but I couldn’t get over the railing,” he told Submission Radio. “Oh, hell yeah, I was going to throw down with Rampage and Cheick, but the barrier seemed to be too significant for me to get over at the time and I was kind of freaking my wife out, so I calmed down. But I was definitely on my way.”

Abbott hasn’t fought in over six years and has been dealing with a variety of health issues since retiring.

One thing that Abbott believes is that Bader would’ve been in a lot of trouble in he managed to get over the railing.

“I was just gonna show them what a real thumb up looks like. The one you kind of deliver on the street, you know what I mean? But things were in my way I couldn’t get over. So, things happen for a reason once again. So, he (Bader) lucked out,” says Abbott.

The retired fighter is friends with both Jackson and Kongo, as they have trained together in the past.

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