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Chuck Liddell

Born Charles David Liddell
December 17, 1969 (1969-12-17) (age 40)
Santa Barbara, CA
Other names The Iceman
Nationality United States American
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
Team The Pit
Trainer John Hackleman
John Lewis
Rank NCAA Division I Wrestling
     purple belt in BJJ
     10th Degree Black Belt in Kenpō Karate
Years active 1998–present
Kickboxing record
Total 22
Wins 20
By knockout 16
Losses 2
MMA record
Total 28
Wins 21
By knockout 13
By submission 1
By decision 7
Losses 7
By knockout 6
By submission 1
Other information
University California Polytechnic State University
Notable relatives Sean Liddell, brother
Official website
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 22, 2009

Chuck David Liddell (pronounced /lɨˈdɛl/; born December 17, 1969) is an American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion.[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]

He, along with Tito Ortiz, has the most UFC fights with 22.[3] He is tied with Matt Hughes for the most wins by a fighter in the UFC, at 16.[4] He also holds the most KO/TKO wins in the UFC with 10.[4] Along with fellow UFC fighter, Randy Couture, Liddell is widely credited for bringing mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment.[5][6][7] On July 10, 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.[8] In 2009 he competed on season nine of Dancing with the Stars.[9]


Early life

Liddell began studying Koei-Kan karate at the age of 12;[10] the tattoo seen on his scalp reads "Koei-Kan".[11] 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.[12] He became a Division I wrestler at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo[10] and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business/Accounting in 1995.

MMA career

When Liddell started his MMA career, he began to train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under John Lewis in Las Vegas, Nevada.[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[citation needed] 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".[15] 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.

The Ultimate Fighter

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.[16] 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.[17]

UFC Championship

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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20]

Rematch with Quinton Jackson

Chuck Liddell in 2007

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.[21]

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.

Post championship

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.[22] Instead, Liddell would face Keith Jardine.[23]

In the main event of UFC 76, Liddell lost a split decision to Keith Jardine, the first consecutive loss of his career.

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.[citation needed] 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.[24]

On February 1, 2008, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua revealed that he had recently signed a contract to fight Liddell,[25] however on March 4 it was announced on 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.[26]

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.[27] 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.[28] 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.[29]

Liddell has long been criticized for over-relying on the same coaches and training partners.[30] 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.[31]

Possible retirement

On January 17, 2009, Dana White confirmed during the UFC 93 post fight press conference that Liddell's next fight would be against Mauricio Rua at UFC 97 in April 18 in Montréal, Canada.[32]

Liddell trained with American Boxing Gold Medalist Howard Davis Jr. to prepare for an April 2009 bout against Mauricio Rua.

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.[33][34] White said, "I care about him. I care about his health, and it's over, man. It's over."[33] 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."[34] 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."[35] 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]."[36]

On July 10, 2009, at the UFC 100 Fan Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Liddell was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

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."[37] 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."[38] 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.[39]

The Ultimate Fighter 11

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.

Personal life

Liddell is associated with The Pit team and recently earned a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Liddell has a brother, Sean Liddell, who also competes in MMA, fighting last in the WEC.[40] Liddell continues to train in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he attended college. He has two children, Trista, 10, and Cade, 9.[41][42] He and Cade appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine in May 2007.

Liddell is no longer engaged to his longtime girlfriend Erin Wilson.[43][44]

He is a part owner of two bars in Lincoln, Nebraska, Dillinger's and NZone[45] and the Mixed Martial Arts Social Networking Website, MMA Jacked.

Print media

On May 9, 2007, Liddell became the first UFC fighter to be on the cover of ESPN The Magazine.[46] Liddell also released his autobiography, Iceman: My Fighting Life, on January 29, 2008.[47]

Acting career

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.[48] 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.[49]

Title Character Year
Drillbit Taylor Himself 2008
MTV Series-Punk'd Himself 2007
HBO Series-Entourage Himself 2007
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

Good Morning Texas interview

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.[50] 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.

He was named the "Most Dangerous Man" at the Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards on June 13, 2007.[51]

Championships and awards

Ultimate Fighting Championship

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion[52]
Fight of the Night Honors
Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame


2006 Fighter of the Year [1]

MMA record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
xLoss 21–7 Brazil RuaMauricio Rua TKO (Punches) UFC 97: Redemption April 18, 2009 1 4:28 Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
xLoss 21–6 United States EvansRashad Evans KO (Punch) UFC 88: Breakthrough 02008-09-06 September 6, 2008 2 1:51 United States Atlanta, Georgia
xWin 21–5 Brazil SilvaWanderlei Silva Decision (Unanimous) UFC 79: Nemesis 02007-12-29 December 29, 2007 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Won Fight of the Night Honors
xLoss 20–5 United States JardineKeith Jardine Decision (Split) UFC 76: Knockout 02007-09-22 September 22, 2007 3 5:00 United States Anaheim, California
xLoss 20–4 United States Jackson 2Quinton Jackson TKO (Punches) UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson 02007-05-26 May 26, 2007 1 1:53 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Lost UFC Light Heavyweight title
Win 20–3 United States Ortiz 2Tito Ortiz TKO (Punches) UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 02006-12-30 December 30, 2006 3 3:59 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Defended UFC Light Heavyweight title
Win 19–3 Brazil Sobral 2Renato Sobral TKO (Punches) UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral 02006-08-26 August 26, 2006 1 1:35 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Defended UFC Light Heavyweight title
Win 18–3 United States Couture 3Randy Couture KO (Punches) UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 02006-02-04 February 4, 2006 2 1:28 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Defended UFC Light Heavyweight title
Win 17–3 United States Horn 2Jeremy Horn TKO (Punches) UFC 54 – Boiling Point 02005-08-20 August 20, 2005 4 2:46 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Defended UFC Light Heavyweight title
Win 16–3 United States Couture 2Randy Couture KO (Punches) UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell 2 02005-04-16 April 16, 2005 1 2:06 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Won UFC Light Heavyweight title
Win 15–3 United States WhiteVernon White KO (Punches) UFC 49: Unfinished Business 02004-08-21 August 21, 2004 1 4:05 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 14–3 United States Ortiz Tito Ortiz KO (Punches) UFC 47: It's On! 02004-04-02 April 2, 2004 2 0:38 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
xLoss 13–3 United States JacksonQuinton Jackson TKO (Corner Stoppage) Pride Final Conflict 2003 02003-11-09 November 9, 2003 2 3:10 Japan Tokyo, Japan Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 13–2 Netherlands OvereemAlistair Overeem KO (Punches) Pride Total Elimination 2003 02003-08-10 August 10, 2003 1 3:09 Japan Saitama, Japan Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal
xLoss 12–2 United States CoutureRandy Couture TKO (Strikes) UFC 43: Meltdown 02003-06-06 June 6, 2003 3 2:39 United States Las Vegas, Nevada For the interim UFC Light Heavyweight title
Win 12–1 Brazil Sobral 2Renato Sobral KO (Head Kick) UFC 40: Vendetta 02002-11-22 November 22, 2002 1 2:55 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 11–1 Brazil BelfortVitor Belfort Decision (Unanimous) UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets 02002-06-22 June 22, 2002 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 10–1 Armenia SuloevAmar Suloev Decision (Unanimous) UFC 35: Throwdown 02002-01-11 January 11, 2002 3 5:00 United States Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 9–1 Brazil Bustamante Murilo Bustamante Decision (Unanimous) UFC 33: Victory in Vegas 02001-09-28 September 28, 2001 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8–1 United States MezgerGuy Mezger KO (Punches) Pride 14 – Clash of the Titans 02001-05-27 May 27, 2001 2 2:21  Japan
Win 7–1 United States RandlemanKevin Randleman KO (Punches) UFC 31: Locked and Loaded 02001-05-04 May 4, 2001 1 1:18 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 6–1 United States MonsonJeff Monson Decision (Unanimous) UFC 29: Defense of the Belts 02000-12-06 December 6, 2000 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–1 United States Heath Steve Heath KO (Head Kick) IFC WC 9 – Warriors Challenge 9 02000-07-18 July 18, 2000 2 5:39 United States Friant, California
Win 4–1 Jones Paul Jones TKO (Strikes) UFC 22: Only One Can be Champion 01999-09-24 September 24, 1999 1 3:53 United States Lake Charles, Louisiana
Win 3–1 WilliamsKenneth Williams Submission (Rear Naked Choke) NG 11 – Neutral Grounds 11 01999-03-31 March 31, 1999 1 3:10 United States Los Angeles, California
xLoss 2–1 United States HornJeremy Horn Technical Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) UFC 19: Ultimate Young Guns 01999-03-05 March 5, 1999 1 12:00 United States Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Win 2–0 Brazil Landi-JonsJose Landi-Jons Decision (Unanimous) IVC 6 – The Challenge 01998-08-23 August 23, 1998 1 30:00 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
Win 1–0 Hernandez Noe Hernandez Decision (Unanimous) UFC 17: Redemption 01998-05-15 May 15, 1998 1 12:00 United States Mobile, Alabama


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Preceded by
Randy Couture
6th UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Succeeded by
Quinton Jackson

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