|Born||Charles David Liddell
December 17, 1969
Santa Barbara, CA
|Other names||The Iceman|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||76.5 in (194 cm)|
|Style||Kempo, Kickboxing, Wrestling|
|Fighting out of||San Luis Obispo, CA|
|Rank||NCAA Division I Wrestling
purple belt in BJJ
10th Degree Black Belt in Kenpō Karate
|University||California Polytechnic State University|
|Notable relatives||Sean Liddell, brother|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Chuck David Liddell (pronounced /lɨˈdɛl/; born December 17, 1969) is an American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion. Liddell has an extensive striking background in Kempo karate, Koei-Kan karate and Kickboxing. As a professional kickboxer he had a record of 20 wins and only 2 losses, with 16 wins by way of knockout. He also has a grappling background in collegiate wrestling. He is considered an unorthodox striker, due to his relaxed hands-down stance and the angles at which he throws punches. He tends to use his wrestling skills to defend against takedowns.
He, along with Tito Ortiz, has the most UFC fights with 22. He is tied with Matt Hughes for the most wins by a fighter in the UFC, at 16. He also holds the most KO/TKO wins in the UFC with 10. Along with fellow UFC fighter, Randy Couture, Liddell is widely credited for bringing mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment. On July 10, 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. In 2009 he competed on season nine of Dancing with the Stars.
Liddell began studying Koei-Kan karate at the age of 12; the tattoo seen on his scalp reads "Koei-Kan". He was a four year starter on the football team at San Marcos High School. While growing up in Santa Barbara, he often frequented the infamous Del Playa Drive, the middle of the party scene of the college town of Isla Vista, where he often found himself in fights with drunk college students. He became a Division I wrestler at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business/Accounting in 1995.
Liddell made his UFC debut in 1998 with a decision victory over Noe Hernandez. Despite a submission loss to top contender Jeremy Horn shortly after, Liddell began establishing his reputation as a devastating striker with victories over Kevin Randleman, Murilo Bustamante, Vitor Belfort, Renato Sobral and Tito Ortiz over the next few years.
By 2002, Liddell was considered the number one contender for the UFC light heavyweight title, with growing popularity and support from his fans. The UFC tried to arrange a title bout with then-champion Tito Ortiz, but Ortiz cited scheduling conflicts. To force Ortiz's hand, they created an interim light heavyweight championship and matched Liddell with experienced wrestler and former heavyweight champion "The Natural" Randy Couture at UFC 43. Couture neutralized Liddell's hooks with straight punches and eventually began taking him down at will. Couture eventually gained full mount and forced a referee stoppage due to punches.
After this defeat, Liddell entered the Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament as the official UFC representative. After defeating Alistair Overeem in the first round of the tournament, Liddell was eliminated in the next round by PRIDE veteran Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, losing by corner stoppage, when his corner threw in the towel.
Returning to the UFC, Liddell was once again put in contention for the light heavyweight title, preparing for a match with former champion Ortiz. The men had once trained together at the Pitfight Club and experienced a falling out that escalated as Ortiz taunted Liddell. The falling out stemmed from Ortiz's unwillingness to give Liddell a title fight, despite Liddell's status as the top contender in the UFC. Eventually, after Ortiz lost the title to Randy Couture, the two would meet in a highly anticipated fight at UFC 47 on 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 Ortiz slapping himself on the head, taunting Liddell. When the round ended Ortiz pushed referee "Big" John McCarthy out of his way, into Liddell, and the pair exchanged words. Shortly after the second round started, Liddell threw a flurry of punches which knocked Ortiz down and led to a TKO victory. Ortiz has since stated that Liddell's thumb made contact with one of his eyes, causing him to momentarily see "nothing but black". Since UFC 47, the bad blood between both fighters remained, with Ortiz repeatedly stating that he wanted "his" belt back. Despite the tension, Ortiz and Liddell would not fight again for two and a half years.
In early 2005, Liddell was a coach on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, Spike TV's reality show which featured fighters competing for a UFC contract. Liddell was the coach of Team Liddell, while then-UFC-light-heavyweight champion Randy Couture coached Team Couture. The series was a success for both Spike TV and the UFC. Both of the winners of the show, Diego Sanchez and Forrest Griffin, were members of Team Liddell and have gone on to successful MMA careers.
On April 16, 2005 at UFC 52, Liddell fought Couture, again for the light heavyweight title. This time the fight ended in a first round knockout victory for Liddell, making him the new UFC light heavyweight champion. Liddell was scheduled to defend his new title against UFC veteran Jeremy Horn, at UFC 54, a matchup the UFC claimed was demanded by long-time fans of the sport since Horn had given Liddell his first loss. Throughout the bout, Liddell dominated with aggressive punches, causing knockdowns in several rounds. Liddell's defensive wrestling ability, especially his sprawl, stifled the bulk of Horn's offense, which was centered on 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 could not see. Liddell had successfully defended his title and, in the process, avenged two of his three career losses.
On February 4, 2006 at UFC 57, Liddell faced Randy Couture in a rubber match, defeating Couture for the 2nd time 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 Liddell's next defense, at UFC 62 on August 26, 2006, Liddell would best Renato "Babalu" Sobral, who he had defeated nearly three years prior. Liddell scored a quick TKO victory at 1:35 of the first round.
It was announced during UFC 61 that, if he were to defeat Sobral, Liddell would face off against Pride Middleweight (205 lb) champion Wanderlei Silva. The fight failed to materialize due to the competing promotions' inability to reach an agreement. UFC president Dana White attributed this to Silva's subsequent knockout loss to Mirko Filipović.
In what would be the most financially successful UFC event to date, Liddell fought a rematch with Ortiz at UFC 66, which took place on December 30, 2006. Liddell's takedown defense neutralized Ortiz's wrestling ability, forcing Ortiz to stand up with a known striker. Although Ortiz did take Liddell down at one point in the fight, Liddell went on to defeat Ortiz via TKO in the third round to successfully defend his light heavyweight championship for a fourth time. It was later revealed that Liddell tore his MCL prior to the fight. In addition, during the fight he popped the tendon out on the middle finger on his left hand.
In his fifth defense, Liddell would lose the title at UFC 71 on May 26, 2007 in a rematch with Quinton Jackson. Liddell was knocked down by a right hook less than two minutes into round 1 and was unable to defend himself against Jackson's strikes on the ground, resulting in a TKO victory for Jackson. After the loss, Liddell was widely criticized after reports indicating he had been seen in night clubs the week before the event. He responded that it was nothing he had not done prior to his other fights in Las Vegas.
At the post-UFC 71 press conference, Liddell indicated he would continue to fight. Dana White also said that his next opponent would likely be Wanderlei Silva.
On July 11, 2007 Dana White confirmed in an interview with Yahoo! Sports that a rumoured bout between Wanderlei Silva and Liddell had been canceled indefinitely. Silva and Liddell were supposed to fight in the main event at UFC 76 in Anaheim, California. Instead, Liddell would face Keith Jardine.
On October 23, 2007 White announced that a matchup between Liddell and Silva would finally take place at UFC 79. Liddell defeated Silva via unanimous decision to what many fans and MMA critics called the best fight of the year. Both fighters were awarded "Fight of the Night" honors. This fight was also voted 2007's Fight of the Year at the first annual World Mixed Martial Arts Awards.
On February 1, 2008, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua revealed that he had recently signed a contract to fight Liddell, however on March 4 it was announced on UFC.com that "Shogun" was receiving surgery on his knee and was forced to withdraw from the fight. It was later officially announced that undefeated wrestler "Sugar" Rashad Evans would replace Mauricio Rua in a bout at UFC 85 in London, England. However, a hamstring injury forced Liddell to withdraw from the fight, as well.
On September 6, 2008, Liddell fought Rashad Evans at UFC 88. At 1:51 of the second round, Evans connected with an overhand right, Liddell's trademark punch, resulting in the former champion landing unconscious on his stomach. The knockout was dubbed "knockout of the year" by MMA-website Sherdog and given "knockout of the night"-honors by the UFC.
Despite multiple rumors about possible return fights with Randy Couture and Anderson Silva, Liddell has stated in a recent interview that he has not been approached by management regarding either fight. He also said that he plans to return to action in March or April 2009. During a recent guest appearance on "The Tom Leykis Show," Liddell stated that there have been a "few names" being discussed for his next opponent. He would later add that he wants a rematch with Keith Jardine in March. However, Dana White stated in the UFC 92 post fight press conference that Liddell's next opponent will not be Jardine, but will be Mauricio Rua or Wanderlei Silva.
Liddell has long been criticized for over-relying on the same coaches and training partners. Shortly following his knockout loss to Evans, long time trainer John Hackleman confirmed that Liddell is participating in training sessions with American Top Team to "round out his skills". although he is still officially associated with Hackleman and The Pit.
On April 18 at UFC 97, Liddell was defeated by Shogun in the first round by TKO. After the fight, White declared that Liddell is retired from fighting. White said, "I care about him. I care about his health, and it's over, man. It's over." White went further, saying, "At the end of the day, I care about these guys. I don't want to see anybody stick around too long. You're never going to see Chuck Liddell on the canvas again." In May however, Liddell's trainer, John Hackleman, claimed 'with confidence' that Liddell isn't done yet and that he's "definitely on top of the food chain." Liddell has "more than one fight left in him." In an interview afterwards, White went on to rhetorically ask "can I tell him not to fight? Absolutely not. If he still wants to fight, he can fight. I’m not saying, ‘It will never happen. It will never happen.' But he made a deal with me [not to fight]."
After UFC 101 in August, Dana White stated that "I don't want him to (fight). He wants to, so we'll see what happens." Two days afterwards, Liddell went on record to say that he was undecided on the matter and that "it's hard for an athlete to quit what he's done his whole life." Liddell went on to say that he would be "making that decision in the gym, not in the ring" after sparring sessions.
It was later announced that Liddell would be facing Tito Ortiz at UFC 115, in Vancouver B.C., on June 12, 2010. However, in March, it was confirmed that Ortiz was pulling out for as yet unknown reasons. Ortiz was replaced by Rich Franklin.
It was announced at the Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale that Liddell would be a coach on season 11 of the Ultimate Fighter with the opposing coach being Tito Ortiz. Dana White said that after the Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz would have their third match against each other, though this would not come to fruition.
Liddell has a brother, Sean Liddell, who also competes in MMA, fighting last in the WEC. Liddell continues to train in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he attended college. He has two children, Trista, 10, and Cade, 9. He and Cade appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine in May 2007.
Liddell has also made several film and television appearances. He appeared as himself in the movie Bachelor Party Vegas, He appeared as "Graft" in the pilot episode of the TV series Blade: The Series, had a guest 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 in which he plays a boy-scout that plays with a register, and is then scolded by Nicholson. Liddell 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. He also had a small appearance in the Nickelback music video for their song "Rockstar". Liddell is seen in his MMA shorts and holding his fighting gloves. He also appears in another music video, "Cowards" by American Head Charge.
Liddell appeared as himself in an episode of Entourage entitled "Gotcha", which aired on April 29, 2007. In the episode, he participates in a scheme to a pull a prank on Johnny "Drama" Chase on a Punk'd-like show called Gotcha! hosted by Pauly Shore. Chuck Liddell has also had cameos in the film The Death and Life of Bobby Z, 300 and Drillbit Taylor.
|The Death and Life of Bobby Z||Mad Dog||2007|
|Blade: The Series||Graft||2007|
|Bachelor Party Vegas||The Iceman||2006|
|Cradle 2 the Grave||Ultimate Fighter||2003|
|How High||Tough Guy||2001|
In March, 2007, shortly before UFC 68, he appeared on Good Morning Texas (Texan version of Good Morning America) for an interview, and to promote the film 300, but appeared to be very drowsy and fell asleep in mid-interview. UFC President Dana White, along with Liddell's head coach Scott VanGilder, explained that Liddell had pneumonia and had taken a large dose of sedatives the night before the interview. This is just one explanation offered by Dana White. In another interview when Dana White was asked about Liddell's behaviour on Good Morning Texas, he stated that Liddell had been out drinking the night before and had taken a sleeping pill when he got back to his accommodation so he would be ready for the interview the next morning.
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||21 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||21–7||Mauricio Rua||TKO (Punches)||UFC 97: Redemption||April 18, 2009||1||4:28||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||21–6||Rashad Evans||KO (Punch)||UFC 88: Breakthrough||September 6, 2008||2||1:51||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Win||21–5||Wanderlei Silva||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 79: Nemesis||December 29, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Loss||20–5||Keith Jardine||Decision (Split)||UFC 76: Knockout||September 22, 2007||3||5:00||Anaheim, California|
|Loss||20–4||Quinton Jackson||TKO (Punches)||UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson||May 26, 2007||1||1:53||Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost UFC Light Heavyweight title|
|Win||20–3||Tito Ortiz||TKO (Punches)||UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz||December 30, 2006||3||3:59||Las Vegas, Nevada||Defended UFC Light Heavyweight title|
|Win||19–3||Renato Sobral||TKO (Punches)||UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral||August 26, 2006||1||1:35||Las Vegas, Nevada||Defended UFC Light Heavyweight title|
|Win||18–3||Randy Couture||KO (Punches)||UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3||February 4, 2006||2||1:28||Las Vegas, Nevada||Defended UFC Light Heavyweight title|
|Win||17–3||Jeremy Horn||TKO (Punches)||UFC 54 – Boiling Point||August 20, 2005||4||2:46||Las Vegas, Nevada||Defended UFC Light Heavyweight title|
|Win||16–3||Randy Couture||KO (Punches)||UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell 2||April 16, 2005||1||2:06||Las Vegas, Nevada||Won UFC Light Heavyweight title|
|Win||15–3||Vernon White||KO (Punches)||UFC 49: Unfinished Business||August 21, 2004||1||4:05||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||14–3||Tito Ortiz||KO (Punches)||UFC 47: It's On!||April 2, 2004||2||0:38||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Loss||13–3||Quinton Jackson||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||Pride Final Conflict 2003||November 9, 2003||2||3:10||Tokyo, Japan||Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal|
|Win||13–2||Alistair Overeem||KO (Punches)||Pride Total Elimination 2003||August 10, 2003||1||3:09||Saitama, Japan||Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Loss||12–2||Randy Couture||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 43: Meltdown||June 6, 2003||3||2:39||Las Vegas, Nevada||For the interim UFC Light Heavyweight title|
|Win||12–1||Renato Sobral||KO (Head Kick)||UFC 40: Vendetta||November 22, 2002||1||2:55||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||11–1||Vitor Belfort||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets||June 22, 2002||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||10–1||Amar Suloev||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 35: Throwdown||January 11, 2002||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||9–1||Murilo Bustamante||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 33: Victory in Vegas||September 28, 2001||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||8–1||Guy Mezger||KO (Punches)||Pride 14 – Clash of the Titans||May 27, 2001||2||2:21||Japan|
|Win||7–1||Kevin Randleman||KO (Punches)||UFC 31: Locked and Loaded||May 4, 2001||1||1:18||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||6–1||Jeff Monson||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 29: Defense of the Belts||December 6, 2000||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–1||Steve Heath||KO (Head Kick)||IFC WC 9 – Warriors Challenge 9||July 18, 2000||2||5:39||Friant, California|
|Win||4–1||Paul Jones||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 22: Only One Can be Champion||September 24, 1999||1||3:53||Lake Charles, Louisiana|
|Win||3–1||Kenneth Williams||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||NG 11 – Neutral Grounds 11||March 31, 1999||1||3:10||Los Angeles, California|
|Loss||2–1||Jeremy Horn||Technical Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||UFC 19: Ultimate Young Guns||March 5, 1999||1||12:00||Bay St. Louis, Mississippi|
|Win||2–0||Jose Landi-Jons||Decision (Unanimous)||IVC 6 – The Challenge||August 23, 1998||1||30:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Noe Hernandez||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 17: Redemption||May 15, 1998||1||12:00||Mobile, Alabama|
|6th UFC Light Heavyweight Championship||Succeeded by