Chuck Liddell: “The Iceman” Cometh
Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell
Enter the Iceman
Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, burst onto the mma scene with a unanimous decision win over Noe Hernandez. He followed up that performance with a unanimous decision win over a Brazillian icon, Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons.
In his next outing, he lost via triangle choke to Jeremy Horn in a fight the iceman had dominated.
Liddell went on to defeat a who’s who list of martial artists including: Jeff Monson, Kevin Randleman, Guy Mezger, Murilo Bustamante, Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz, “Babalu” Sobral, Randy Couture, Alistair Overeem, Wanderlai Silva, and eventually dominating Jeremy Horn again in a much anticipated rematch.
Chuck Liddell was dominant in his era due to his tremendous power and his ability to use his wrestling in reverse.
By using his spectacular take down defense in conjunction with his uncanny ability to find his way back to his feet, Chuck would force his opponents to be in the most dangerous position they could find themselves in; standing in front of the iceman.
Chuck Liddell reigned over the light heavyweight division for years even before he won the title from Tito Ortiz in 2004. Many considered him the lineal champion as Tito Ortiz showed an unwillingness to give Liddell a title opportunity.
Unfortunately, father time caught up with Chuck around the time mma and the UFC were gaining massive popularity. Some newer fans of mma only remember Chuck Liddell for his last few fights but never knew the authority Liddell ruled with for almost 10 years.
Chuck Liddell was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on July 10, 2009.
-2 wins over long reigning light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz
-3 fights with UFC legend Randy “the Natural” Couture
-win over then popular favorite Kevin Randleman
Chuck “the Iceman” Liddell
Born December 17, 1969
Santa Barbara, Ca
Fought 1998 – 2010
Total Bouts 29