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A Look Inside the Life & Retirement of Chuck Liddell
Posted on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 8:12 am
by IDMA Editor

The name Chuck Liddell is a staple in the world of mixed martial arts fighting. Liddell, commonly referred to as the Iceman; has been a part of the UFC franchise since 1998 up until his recent retirement at the end of 2010. To fully understand who the Iceman is and what he represents in the world of fighting, you must fully understand his unique and extensive background.

Photo of Chuck Liddell - photo credit

Liddell was born in 1969 and spent most of his early life in Santa Barbara, California. His interest in mixed martial arts began when Liddell was twelve. At the age of twelve, he began learning Koei-Kan karate and this style of karate is part of what makes him so talented today. During his teenage life Liddell spent much of his time playing football and wrestling, but also found time to get in the occasional scuffle. He wrestled at California Polytechnic State University and graduated from college in 1995. During this time he continued to study Koei-Kan and even tattooed the phrase onto his head when he finished college. When college ended, Liddell continued with his passion for mixed martial arts by studying with John Lewis in Las Vegas. John Lewis specialized in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Liddell quickly picked up this art and eventually became a purple belt.

Liddell made his grand entrance into the UFC world in Alabama in 1998 when he fought and defeated Noe Hernandez. His talent continued to prevail in several fights over the next few years with wins against some of the best fighters in the UFC that included Kevin Randleman, Murilo Bustamanate, and Tito Ortiz. Liddell quickly gained popularity and became one of the biggest challengers for the UFC light heavyweight title by 2002. At that time, the title was held by then champion Tito Ortiz, however a fight between the two did not take place at this time. Liddell instead fought and lost to Randy Couture at UFC 43.

Photo of Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell in the ring - photo credit

By 2004, Liddell once again quickly gained a position as a frontrunner for the light heavyweight title. In a much anticipated event, Liddell and Ortiz finally met on April 2, 2004, at UFC 47 in Las Vegas. Ortiz was defeated by Liddell via punches earning him a TKO win. Liddell moved on to take out Randy Couture at UFC 52 in April of 2005. This fight not only earned Liddell a win with a TKO knockout over Couture, but also the UFC light heavyweight title. This win projected Liddell to champion status and he continued to defeat many tough competitors for a number of years.

Photo of Chuck Liddell - photo credit

By 2009, the many fights had taken their toll on the physical capabilities of Liddell and he eventually announced his retirement from the UFC at the end of 2010. He was entered into the UFC Hall of Fame in July of 2009 and his retirement from the sport became official in December of 2010. Fans will still be able to follow the career of the Iceman, as he as now accepted a position as the Vice president of Business Development with the UFC.

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