Chuck Liddell

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Chuck Liddell

Chuck Liddell
Statistics
Nickname The Iceman
Height ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Nationality Flag of United States American
Born December 17, 1969 (1969-12-17) (age 37)
Fighting out of San Luis Obispo, California
Town of birth Santa Barbara, California
Fighting style Kempo, Kickboxing, Wrestling
Mixed martial arts record
Wins 20
  By knockout 12
  By submission 1
Losses 3
Draws 0

Charles David ‘Chuck’ Liddell (born December 17, 1969 in Santa Barbara, California), known as "The Iceman," is a mixed martial artist with a background in Kenpo Karate, in which he holds a black belt, Koei-Kan Karate-Do, Kickboxing and Collegiate Wrestling. He currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He is considered by MMAWeekly.com to be the #1 ranked 205 lb (93 kg) fighter in the world.

Liddell is primarily regarded as a somewhat unorthodox striker (due to his relaxed "hands-down" stance and the angles he throws punches from), with powerful kicks, seamless combination striking that usually includes a trademark looping overhand left hook, and counter-punching. He is also renowned for his knockout power, and is considered by some the hardest puncher at 205 pounds. Liddell also has very good wrestling skills, particularly his takedown defense. He was a four year starter on the wrestling team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which has a division one wrestling program. He graduated from Cal Poly with degrees in business and accounting. Liddell has endeared himself as a fan favorite and is one of the most popular UFC competitors. He is associated with the Pitfight team and recently earned a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.[2]

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By 2002, Liddell was considered the #1 contender for the UFC light heavyweight title with growing popularity and support from fans. The UFC tried to arrange a title bout with then champion Tito Ortiz but Ortiz kept citing scheduling conflicts which frustrated the UFC brass. To force Ortiz’s hand, they created an Interim Light Heavyweight Championship and matched Liddell with experienced former heavyweight Randy Couture at UFC 43 for that title. This was a fight that many thought Chuck should win, and it was expected that he would then go on to fight Ortiz. However Couture suprised everyone by being able to neutralize Chuck’s trademark powerful looping hooks with crisp straight punches and he eventually began taking Chuck down at will, with Chuck eventually losing via ground-and-pound TKO.

After this defeat, Liddell went to Japan to compete in the PRIDE 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament as the UFC’s representative. After defeating Alistair Overeem in the first round of the tournament, Liddell was eventually eliminated from the Grand Prix by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the semi-finals in a mostly one sided affair, losing by technical knockout after Liddell’s corner signaled for an end to the bout. Jackson’s win over Liddell is the only loss that Liddell has not yet avenged.

Returning to the UFC, Chuck once again put himself in contention for a shot at the coveted light heavyweight title, preparing himself for a match against his controversial rival Tito Ortiz. Both men had trained at the Pitfight Club and experienced a falling-out that would escalate as Ortiz taunted Liddell. The falling out stemmed from Ortiz’s unwillingness to give Liddell a title fight, even though Liddell was clearly one of the top contenders in the UFC. Eventually, after Ortiz lost the title to Randy Couture, the two clashed in a highly anticipated fight at UFC 47 April 2, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. After most of the first round was spent feeling each other out Liddell threw a few punches and a kick which was blocked by Ortiz with Tito slapping himself on the head stating that he wanted more and when the round ended, Tito pushed John McCarthy out of his way into Chuck and yelled while Chuck exchanged some words. Shortly after the second round started, Liddell threw a flurry of punches which knocked Tito out for the victory. Since UFC 47, the bad blood between both fighters remained, with Ortiz repeatedly stating that he wanted "his" belt back. Despite Ortiz’ feelings, he and Liddell would not fight again for two and a half years.

In early 2005, Liddell was seen on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, Spike TV’s reality show featuring fighters new to the UFC competing for a UFC contract. Liddell served as coach of Team Liddell, while fellow fighter and then UFC Light Heavyweight champ Randy Couture coached Team Couture. The series was a success for both Spike TV and the UFC. Both of the winners of TUF, Diego Sanchez and Forrest Griffin, were members of Team Liddell, and they have gone onto wide-spread notoriety.

Liddell’s highly anticipated and deserved rematch with Couture on April 16, 2005 at UFC 52 – a championship bout – ended in victory for Liddell via a first-round knockout. The fight was stopped at one point after Liddell’s finger contacted Couture’s eye, Couture was given time to recover, and the fight continued after Couture felt he was ready. Shortly after the victory, in May of 2005, Chuck Liddell signed a sponsorship deal with sports supplement company Xyience.

Before that rematch, Chuck was scheduled to defend his new title belt against fellow UFC veteran Jeremy Horn, at UFC 54, a matchup the UFC claimed was demanded by long-time fans of the sport since Horn gave Liddell his first loss. Throughout the bout, Liddell dominated Horn with aggressive punches, causing knockdowns in several rounds. Liddell’s defensive wrestling ability, especially his renowned sprawl, stifled the bulk of Horn’s offense, which was centered around grappling and submission wrestling. Liddell eventually won the fight via TKO in 2:46 minutes of the fourth round after Horn informed the referee that he couldn’t see, avenging his first career loss and defending his championship.

On February 4, 2006 at UFC 57, Liddell faced Randy Couture in a rubber match, defeating Couture via knockout in Las Vegas, Nevada to retain the Light Heavyweight championship belt. After the fight, Couture announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. In Chuck’s next defense, at UFC 62 on August 26, 2006, Liddell defended his belt against Renato Sobral, who he had defeated nearly 3 years ago. Liddell scored a quick technical knockout victory at 1:35 of the first round.

It was announced during UFC 61 that if Liddell were to defeat Renato Sobral then he would face off against PRIDE’s middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva. The fight however is now in doubt due to Silva’s recent Brutal Losses to Mirko Filipovic and recently his shock TKO by Dan Henderson.

Liddell and Tito Ortiz were finally scheduled for what was perhaps the most anticipated match of the year at UFC 66, on December 30, 2006. Liddell’s takedown defense neutralized Ortiz’ wrestling ability, forcing Ortiz to stand up with him. Liddell went on to defeat Ortiz via TKO in the third round to successfully defend his Light Heavyweight championship. It was also revealed later that Liddell tore his MCL prior to the fight. During the fight he also popped the tendon out on his middle finger on his left hand.

In March, shortly before UFC 68, he appeared on Good Morning Texas for an interview, and to promote the film 300, but appeared to be very drowsy and fell asleep in mid interview [1]. UFC President Dana White, along with Liddell’s head coach John Hackleman, explained that Liddell had pneumonia and had taken a large dose of sedatives the night before the interview; White voiced disappointment that Liddell was allowed to do the interview in an impaired state. Liddell was subsequently forced to take a random drug test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which he passed without complication.[3]

Liddell has become a celebrity and now appears on many TV talk shows and magazine covers. In 2006 well-known artist Richard T. Slone released a series of paintings and posters officially licensed by the UFC, showing that Liddell is truly a crossover in mainstream popularity. Liddell also has founded his own clothing based on his appeal.

Liddell’s next title defense will take place on May 26, 2007 at UFC 71 against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. This will be the second bout between the two, with Jackson winning the first by TKO in 2003.

Personal life

Liddell was once romantically linked to one-time UFC host, multi-platinum pop artist, and Playboy model Willa Ford. He claims they currently are "just friends." Chuck has two children. Trista, who is 9, and Cade, who is 8. [2]

Theme Music

List of Chuck Liddell’s previous entrance music:
Event Song Title Artist Album
UFC 43 Too Cold Vanilla Ice Hard To Swallow
UFC 47 Valley Of Chrome Cypress Hill Skull & Bones
UFC 49 Intro DMX It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot
UFC 52 Loyalty American Head Charge The Feeding
UFC 54 Loyalty American Head Charge The Feeding
UFC 57 Intro DMX It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot
UFC 62 Intro DMX It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot
UFC 66 Intro DMX It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot

 

Mixed martial arts record

20 Wins (13 KO’s, 1 submission, 6 decisions), 3 Losses (3 TKO), 0 Draws.
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time Notes
12/30/2006 Win Tito Ortiz UFC 66 TKO (Strikes) 3 3:59 Defended UFC Light Heavyweight Title
08/26/2006 Win Renato Sobral UFC 62 TKO (Strikes) 1 1:35 Defended UFC Light Heavyweight Title
02/04/2006 Win Randy Couture UFC 57 TKO (Punches) 2 1:38 Defended UFC Light Heavyweight Title
08/20/2005 Win Jeremy Horn UFC 54 TKO (Strikes) 4 2:46 Defended UFC Light Heavyweight Title
04/16/2005 Win Randy Couture UFC 52 KO (Punch) 1 2:06 Won UFC Light Heavyweight Title
08/21/2004 Win Vernon White UFC 49 KO (Punch) 1 4:05
04/02/2004 Win Tito Ortiz UFC 47 KO (Punches) 2 0:38
11/09/2003 Loss Quinton Jackson PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 TKO (Corner Stoppage) 2 3:10 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal
08/10/2003 Win Alistair Overeem PRIDE Total Elimination 2003 KO (Strikes) 1 3:09 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal
06/06/2003 Loss Randy Couture UFC 43 TKO (Punches) 3 2:39 For the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Title
11/22/2002 Win Renato Sobral UFC 40 KO (Head Kick) 1 2:55
06/22/2002 Win Vitor Belfort UFC 37.5 Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
01/11/2002 Win Amar Suloev UFC 35 Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
09/28/2001 Win Murilo Bustamante UFC 33 Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
05/27/2001 Win Guy Mezger PRIDE 14 KO (Punch) 2 2:21
05/04/2001 Win Kevin Randleman UFC 31 KO (Punch) 1 1:18
12/16/2000 Win Jeff Monson UFC 29 Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
07/18/2000 Win Steve Heath IFC WC 9 KO (Kick to the Head) 2 5:39
09/24/1999 Win Paul Jones UFC 22 TKO (Strikes) 1 3:53
03/31/1999 Win Kenneth Williams NG 11 Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2 3:10
03/05/1999 Loss Jeremy Horn UFC 19 TKO (Arm Triangle) 1 12:00
08/23/1998 Win Jose Landi-Jons IVC 6 Decision (Unanimous) 1 30:00
05/15/1998 Win Noe Hernandez UFC 17 Decision (Unanimous) 1 12:00

Film career

Title Character Year
HBO Series-Entourage Himself-Chuck Liddell 2006
Bachelor Party Vegas The Iceman 2006
Cradle to the Grave Ultimate Fighter 2003
How High Tough Guy 2001

He also appeared as "Graft" in the pilot episode of the TV series Blade: The Series, had a guest spot cameo in the first season of Inked on A&E, and made a brief appearance in the 1981 film The Postman Always Rings Twice with Jack Nicholson. He’s the boy-scout that plays with a register, and is then scolded by Nicholson [3]. Chuck also had a very small part in the Jet Li Movie Cradle 2 the Grave as one of the cage fighters along side Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture.

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