39 Facts About Chuck Liddell

1. Charles David Chuck Liddell was born on December 17, 1969 and is an American former mixed martial artist who was the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

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2. Chuck Liddell is widely credited with helping bring MMA into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment.

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3. Chuck Liddell was born in Santa Barbara, California, of partial Irish descent.

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4. Chuck Liddell was raised by his single mother and maternal grandfather, who taught Liddell and his siblings boxing techniques from a very young age.

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5. Chuck Liddell began studying Koeikan karate at the age of 12; the tattoo on his scalp reads "Koei-Kan".

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6. Chuck Liddell was a four-year starter on the football team at San Marcos High School, playing center and linebacker.

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7. When Chuck Liddell started his mixed martial arts career, he began to train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jon Lewis in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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8. Chuck Liddell made his UFC debut in 1998 during UFC 17 in Mobile, Alabama with a decision victory over Noe Hernandez.

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9. Chuck Liddell was the first UFC fighter to fight in Pride, where he represented the organization against fellow kickboxer Guy Mezger, knocking him unconscious.

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10. Returning to the UFC, Chuck Liddell was in contention for the light heavyweight title, preparing for a match with former champion Tito Ortiz.

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11. Shortly after the second round started, Chuck Liddell landed a flurry of punches that dropped Ortiz and led to a TKO victory.

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12. In early 2005, Chuck 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.

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13. Couture moved in for a punch, Chuck Liddell countered with a big right hand to the temple of Couture, knocking him out cold, making him the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

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14. Chuck Liddell was scheduled to defend his new title against longtime veteran Jeremy Horn, at UFC 54, a matchup the UFC claimed was demanded by long-time fans of the sport since Horn had given Chuck Liddell his first loss.

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15. Chuck Liddell, moving backwards, was landing big punches, and a right uppercut ended the fight at 1:35 of the first round.

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16. In what was the most financially successful UFC event up to that point, Chuck Liddell fought a rematch with Tito Ortiz at UFC 66, which took place on December 30, 2006.

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17. Chuck Liddell was knocked down by a right hook less than two minutes into the first round and was unable to defend himself against Jackson's strikes on the ground, resulting in a knockout victory for Jackson.

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18. Chuck Liddell responded that it was not anything he had not done prior to his other fights in Las Vegas.

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19. Silva and Chuck Liddell were supposed to fight in the main event at UFC 76 in Anaheim, California.

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20. Chuck Liddell lost a close split decision, making it the first time he had suffered consecutive losses in his career.

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21. Chuck Liddell stated he wanted a rematch and claimed he had never taken Jardine seriously.

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22. On September 6, 2008, Chuck Liddell faced Rashad Evans at UFC 88.

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23. Chuck Liddell lost the fight via knockout in the second round after Evans connected with an overhand right.

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

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25. On June 12, 2010, Chuck Liddell faced Franklin at UFC 115 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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26. At the UFC 125 press conference, Chuck Liddell announced his retirement and stated he would be taking the position of Vice President of Business Development within the UFC.

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27. Chuck Liddell was visibly emotional at the announcement, acknowledging his retirement and an end to his fighting with words of farewell: "Most of all I want to thank my fans and my family.

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28. Chuck Liddell announced on April 14, 2018, that he was coming out of retirement to target a third fight with Tito Ortiz.

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29. On March 3, 2020, Chuck Liddell announced in a TMZ interview that he has retired from mixed martial arts again.

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30. Chuck Liddell was held at the Malibu Sheriff's Station on a $20,000 bond.

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31. Chuck Liddell is associated with John Hackleman and The Pit fight team.

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32. Chuck Liddell proposed to his girlfriend Heidi Northcott on November 4, 2010.

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33. Chuck Liddell is a former part-owner of two bars in Lincoln, Nebraska: Dillinger's and NZone.

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34. Chuck Liddell endorsed John McCain in the 2008 United States presidential election.

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35. On May 9, 2007, Chuck Liddell became the first UFC fighter to be on the cover of ESPN The Magazine.

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36. Chuck Liddell released his autobiography, Iceman: My Fighting Life, on January 29, 2008.

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37. Chuck Liddell was one of 16 people to compete on Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars.

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38. In 2009, Chuck Liddell made a guest appearance on The Simpsons in Season 21, Episode 3 The Great Wife Hope.

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39. In 2018, Chuck Liddell was a houseguest on the first US season of Celebrity Big Brother, where he was the first person evicted.

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