Originally posted on MMAjunkie:
‘Big’ John McCarthy
The letter is as good a place to start as any. The letter is a story in itself.
Dated March 22, 1996, addressed to the offices of the Semaphore Entertainment Group on 57th Street in New York City, and signed by David L. “Tank” Abbott, it’s a piece of MMA history that’s just weird enough to be worth preserving, even if questions of where and how it should be preserved are not so easily answered in this sport.
The letter is an apology. That much is clear right off the bat, as Abbott declares that “a sufficient amount of time has passed” since UFC 8 for him to look back on his actions that evening and feel “appalled and ashamed” of his own behavior. He admits that he acted like “a total simpleton” at the event. He offers his “heartfelt apology,” though it’s not clear exactly what…
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