Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell made his name knocking out opponents during his MMA career. Recent videos and stories about his comeback would indicate he is not finished just yet…
During a stellar career in the UFC Octagon, Chuck Liddell thrilled fans with his heavy hands and finishing ability. Nicknamed ‘The Iceman’ for his cold demeanor and finishing prowess, Liddell scored highlight reel knockouts on a regular basis.
His best streak in the UFC came between 2004 & 2006 when he scored seven straight knockouts. Among those KO’s was fellow MMA legend Randy Couture. ‘The Natural’ had beaten Liddell for the interim belt in 2003, Liddell would avenge that loss twice over.
Holding the light-heavyweight title between UFC 47 and UFC 71, ‘The Iceman’ would eventually start slowing down after losses to Quinton Jackson in their rematch and Keith Jardine.
Chuck Liddell Still Punching People
After retiring on the back of some hard losses, Liddell briefly took up a job with the UFC in their headquarters. Once the new owners IMG took over, Liddell was free to once again pursue what he loved best, punching people.
Heavily linked to a comeback in Bellator, as we will discuss later, ‘The Iceman’ has been staying cool by traveling around and punching/kicking various celebrities and crazy people.
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Returning from retirement has proven a bad idea for many famous fighters over the years, but Liddell has been rumored to want another fight with old rival Tito Ortiz. Having KO’d Ortiz twice in the past, Liddell announced his comeback and intentions to make it a trilogy with Ortiz:
“I miss it. I never stopped missing it. And I kinda hadn’t really thought about it much. And then when he brought it up and we started getting going, and I started training and I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on, it made me go, ‘You know what, what if he pulls out?
Am I not going to fight? Am I going to do all of this and not fight?’ Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn’t work out with him, I’m [still] going to give it a shot. It’ll be somebody else, one of the guys from my past probably, most likely, and we’ll see where I’m at.”
Liddell Kicks Soldier
Recently engaging in some trash talk with Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell also announced his dream of fighting ‘Bones.’ Fellow ex-champion Jones has dismissed Liddell as an ‘old man,’ but ‘The Iceman’ has still made a point of airing his feelings about that scrap.
Whether that would be a wise decision or not is arguable. Probably far more safe would be the third go against Ortiz. ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ has stayed active far longer than Liddell but is way less of a threat than Jones.
Chuck Liddell: “To be honest, in my mind, I’d like to fight two good warm-up fights then I’d like a shot at Jon Jones. I’m serious. I’d like a shot at him.” #themmahour
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) May 14, 2018
Oscar De La Hoya is Interested
Golden Boy Promotions, headed by boxing great Oscar De La Hoya, is reported by Bloody Elbow to be handling Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 negotiations:
“I started working out for almost a month and a half. My body feels great, I’ve bounced back faster than I expected, which is great,” Ortiz told Submission Radio. “I’m just waiting on Chuck Liddell’s side to kind of sign the contract, get this done. So, it’s just a matter of time.
“I think Chuck’s kind of holding out, trying to make more money out of it, which it just doesn’t make sense because this deal is pretty much a cut and dry contract. We’re both partners. De La Hoya wants his 40 percent and me and Chuck Liddell get to split 30 percent. So that’s on complete revenue of the whole fight in general.”