Charles David “Chuck” Liddell is certainly a name that belongs to the UFC Hall of Fame. An American mixed martial artist, Liddell was a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion. He is best known for his prowess in kickboxing, karate, kempo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling – all of which makes him a force to reckon with in the octagon.
Liddell was born on December 17, 1969 in Santa Barbara, California. At a very young age, Liddell and his siblings were taught boxing by their maternal grandfather. He was 12 years old when he started training in Koei-Kan karate.
While in college at California Polytechnic State University, Chuck Liddell began an exceptional career at wrestling. After getting a degree in Accounting, he went on to start an amateur kickboxing record which earned him 20 wins against 2 losses. Liddell then began to train under Jon Lewis for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
His 1998 UFC debut was a success with a decision win over Noe Hernandez, but was stood out was his win against celebrated Jose “Pele” Landi-Johns at a bare knuckle IVC event in Brazil. During his career in UFC, he had 21 wins and 8 losses. His last UFC fight Rich Franklin back June 2010 ended in a loss.
Apart from being a well-rounded grappler and outstanding striker, what truly set Liddell apart from other fighters was how he handled pressure. He got his nickname, “The Iceman” from his relaxed demeanor despite being in a tense situation. His heart rate seldom increases or decreases, staying constant as if he had ice in his veins.