Known as "The Iceman," Chuck Liddell is an American mixed
martial artist (MMA) who fought for the Ultimate Fighting
Championship and compiled a 21-8 record before retiring in late
2010. A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Liddell has an
extensive background in kickboxing and collegiate wrestling. Along
with fellow UFC fighter, Randy Couture, Liddell is widely credited
for bringing mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American
sports and entertainment.
Liddell was a four year starter on the football team at San Marcos High School, then wrestled at Cal Poly from 1988-93 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business/accounting in 1995.
Liddell made his UFC debut in 1998 with a decision victory over Noe Hernandez. On April 16, 2005 at UFC 52, Liddell earned a first-round knockout against Couture, making him the new UFC light heavyweight champion, a title he would successfully defend five times over two years.
Six of his eight losses came against men who held a UFC title at one point in their careers. Liddell lost five of his final six bouts, including the last three by knockout. In his final bout, Liddell was stopped by Rich Franklin with five seconds left in the first round at UFC 115 in Vancouver, B.C. on June 12, 2010.
He ended his fighting career on December 29, 2010, and became Vice President of Business Development within the UFC.
Liddell, 39, has written a book, "Iceman: My Fighting Life," which spent multiple weeks on the New York Times' best seller list, and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on July 10, 2009, in Las Vegas.