Chuck Liddell a.k.a. “The Iceman” is a light heavyweight mixed martial artist fighting out of “The Pit” in Arroyo Grande, CA. Liddell’s martial arts background encompasses many styles, Collegiate Wrestling, Kempo Karate, Koei-Kan Karate-Do, and Kickboxing. In addition to these arts, once Liddell began fighting in MMA, he went on to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under John Lewis and is now a purple belt.
The Iceman’s MMA career started in 1998 at UFC 17 since that time he has gone on to fight a who’s who of mixed martial artists. He has stepped into the ring/cage with the likes of Jose Landi-Jons, Kevin Randleman, Vitor Belfort, Renato Sobral and Randy Couture, to name just a few. Without a doubt, Liddell is not one to shy away from a tough fight. In fact, it’s the – I will fight anyone, anyplace, anytime – attitude that has endeared him to mixed martial arts fans the world over. Well, that and his ability to knock out just about anyone that he steps into the ring with.
Although Liddell is a well rounded MMA fighter who can fight on his feet and on the ground, his game plan for almost all of his fights is to keep the fight standing and look for the knock out. He does this because, although his ground game is good and I’m sure he could fight there, his striking is truly exceptional. He possess very good timing and accuracy, which makes him a great counter puncher. In addition to his technical ability on his feet, Liddell boasts some of the heaviest hands in the sport. This can be seen by the shear number of knockouts he has accumulated during his fight career.
As of today’s date of May 9th, 2007 The Iceman’s MMA record is 20 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, with only 6 of the wins coming by decision. Also as of right now Chuck Liddell has held the UFC Light Heavyweight title for 2 years running, and has successfully defended it 4 times.
Chuck Liddell vs Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons