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Mixed Martial Arts Champion Chuck Liddell

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Charles David 'Chuck' Liddell, also known as "The Iceman" is an American mixed martial artist (MMA) who fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is regarded as one of the men who brought mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American sports. He started his career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the age of 17, having studied karate, wrestling and eventually Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Liddell was a natural fit for the sport. Known throughout the community for his outstanding takedown defense and knockout ability, Liddell has been a star in the sport for years. In this video, WatchMojo.com tells you all you need to know about The Iceman.
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Born December 17, 1969, Chuck Liddell is a mixed martial artist who spent the majority of his fighting career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization. Also known as "The Iceman," he measures 6 foot 2 and weighs in at 205 pounds.

The Beginning


The Iceman began studying Koei-Kan karate at the age of 12, and eventually wrestled in college. He began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he started his mixed-martial arts career.

"I was kick-boxing to finish up school after I was done wrestling. Somebody asked me if I wanted to do a mixed fight. I did it, I kicked a guy in the head, they sent in my tape to the UFC, they asked me if I wanted to fight and I said 'sure,'" he explains.

Liddell entered UFC at 17, and began establishing his rep as a harmful striker early on.

His Strengths


Liddell is primarily a striker, and was considered one of the best in the sport. His kick-boxing background resulted in dominant kicks, deadly punches and devastating knees. Iceman’s straight right punch in particular is a move that often earned him a win. He is known for his takedown and knockout ability.

His Weaknesses


One of Liddell’s weaknesses over the years was his stamina, resulting in a difficulty to put away a fight if it dragged too long. This improved as his career evolved. Another of his weak spots is that he is a stereotypical striker, proving to be dangerous in the early moments of a fight, if it stays off the ground. However, when knocked down he has the ability to get back to his feet quickly. His background as a wrestler also helps while on the ground, where he is good at maneuvering against grapplers.

"I’ve been doing both for so long, and actually going from wrestling to kick boxing. I did kick boxing for five years before I moved to UFC. Without the wrestling background I wouldn’t have been able to strike. Being able to stop those take-downs and punch, being able to throw punches, and then learning the jiu-jitsu helped a lot too because now I can throw punches without worrying if you do get taken down. I know what I’m doing on the ground," he says.

It was these skills that have caused him to be considered a well-rounded and lethal and unorthodox fighter. He was also one of UFC’s most popular contenders, and is credited with helping to bring mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American sports.
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