Inducted into HOF(Pioneer Wing): July 11,2009
Chuck Liddell is a former light heavyweight champion and is one of the biggest and earliest stars in the history of the UFC. Liddell started and ended his MMA journey with the UFC, in a career that started in 1998 and ended 12 years later in 2010. Outside of a handful of fights for other fight promotions, such as Pride, IFC, IVC, Liddell fought most of his battles inside a UFC octagon.
Rise of The Iceman
Liddell started his UFC run by winning his first two fights, then losing his third fight to Jeremy Horn at UFC 19. Enter The Iceman. Following his loss to Horn, Liddell went on a tear on put together a 10-fight win streak. That streak includes winning the IFC light heavyweight championship and putting up wins against Kevin Randleman, Guy Mezger, Vitor Belfort, and Renato Sobral to name just a few.
UFC 43 marked Liddell’s first shot at UFC gold when he faced off against Randy Couture for the interim light heavyweight title. He went on to lose the bout when, midway through the third round , Couture mounted him and forced the stoppage with punches.
Liddell’s short Pride stint
Chuck Liddell went overseas and dropped down to middleweight for his next two fights, fighting for the Pride Grand Prix Championship. Liddell won his quarter-final fight against Alistair Overeem with an early first round KO, only to lose his semi-final matchup with a second round TKO from Quinton ” Rampage” Jackson.
The Iceman returns
After his failed middleweight attempt in the Pride Grand Prix, Liddell exploded back onto the UFC scene in 2004 and put together another impressive string of wins while starting one of the most historic rivalries in the history of the UFC.
Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz started off as friends and , sometimes , training partners but that all changed when Liddell became the number one contender for the light heavyweight title, a title held by Ortiz. Ortiz claimed at the time that as friends and training partners, they agreed never to fight one another, a claim vehemently denied by Liddell. After losing the belt to Randy Couture, Ortiz went back and forth with Liddell for over a year until the two met at UFC 47. Liddell won this fight in dynamic fashion early in Round 2 with a flurry of punches that Ortiz tried do defend, but simply could not withstand.
Chuck’s championship run
Liddell’s win over Ortiz kickstarted a seven-fight win streak and his next epic run in the UFC. The Iceman finally got another title shot in a rematch with Randy Couture at UFC 52. Liddell won the fight with a n early first round KO ,securing the title and continuing to tear through the division. Liddell defended the light heavyweight title four times, successfully knocking out all opponents, including Jeremy Horn, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz and Renato Sobral.
Decline of The Iceman
After his fourth successful title defense, Liddell faced Rampage Jackson for a rematch at UFC 71. Liddell add ed another loss to his MMA record, as Jackson scored a TKO with less than two minutes left in the first round. This fight marks the downfall of Chuck Liddell. He went to have 5 more fights after his loss to Jackson, winning just once against Wanderlai Silva, and losing his last 3 fights against Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua and Rich Franklin.
Liddell has an extensive striking background in Kempo, Karate, and Kickboxing, as well as a grappling background in collegiate wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Along with Randy Couture, he is widely credited for helping to grow the UFC brand and bring MMA into the mainstream of American sports and entertainmen for all.
Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame Pioneer Wing on July 11, 2009.
Born: December 17, 1969
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Weight: 205 lb
Reach: 76.5 in
Division: Light Heavyweight
Style: Kickboxing, Kenpo, Karate, Kajukenbo, Wrestling, BJJ
Fighting out of: San Luis Obispo, California
Team: The Pit
Team: The Pit
Total Fights – 29
Wins – 21
By knockout – 13
By submission – 1
By decision – 7
Losses – 8
By knockout – 6
By submission – 1
By decision – 1
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