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Chuck Liddell

Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell

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  • Given Name: Charles David Liddell
  • MMA Record: 21-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Iceman
  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 47 | Date of Birth: 1969.12.17
  • Last Fight: June 12, 2010 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: The Pit
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 76.5" (194cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $3,820,000 USD
  • Born: Santa Barbara, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: San Luis Obispo, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: California Polytechnic State University
  • Foundation Style: N/A
  • Head Coach: John Hackleman
  • Other Coaches: N/A

Chuck Liddell Light Heavyweight Ranking History

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Chuck Liddell MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Tito Ortiz UFC 115 2010.06.12
Reason: Ortiz Neck Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
4:55 Round 1 of 3

Us Rich Franklin
21-7-0 27-5-0

Ca UFC 115: Liddell vs Franklin
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.06.12
Odds: -120 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $500,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Eminem feat.Pink - Won't Back Down
#25 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
#3 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
#15 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#55 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 115 Knockout of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:28 Round 1 of 3

Br Maurício Rua
21-6-0 17-3-0

Ca UFC 97: Redemption
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2009.04.18
Odds: -168 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#45 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#98 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 97 Knockout of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
1:51 Round 2 of 3, 6:51 Total

Us Rashad Evans
21-5-0 11-0-1

Us UFC 88: Breakthrough
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.09.06
Odds: -253 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $500,000 Base | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#15 Biggest Upset of All Time
#11 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 88 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Rashad Evans UFC 85 2008.06.07
Reason: Liddell Hamstring Injury
Cancelled Bout Maurício Rua UFC 85 2008.06.07
Reason: Rua Knee Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Wanderlei Silva
20-5-0 31-7-1

Us UFC 79: Nemesis
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.12.29
Odds: +118 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $550,000 ($500K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#7 Greatest Fight of All Time
#4 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 79 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Keith Jardine
20-4-0 13-3-1

Us UFC 76: Knockout
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.09.22
Odds: -395 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $500,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs (93.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#27 Biggest Upset of All Time
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:53 Round 1 of 5

Us Quinton Jackson
20-3-0 26-6-0

Us UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2007.05.26
Odds: -175 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $500,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#81 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 71 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:59 Round 3 of 5, 13:59 Total

Us Tito Ortiz
19-3-0 15-4-0

Us UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2006.12.30
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Wanderlei Silva UFC 65 2006.11.18
Reason: Dispute Between UFC/Pride
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:35 Round 1 of 5

Br Renato Sobral
18-3-0 30-5-0

Us UFC 62: Liddell vs Sobral
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2006.08.26
Odds: -330 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:28 Round 2 of 5, 6:28 Total

Us Randy Couture
17-3-0 14-7-0

Us UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2006.02.04
Odds: -135 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 Base | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:46 Round 4 of 5, 17:46 Total

Us Jeremy Horn
16-3-0 76-13-5

Us UFC 54: Boiling Point
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2005.08.20
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $160,000 ($80K Base, $80K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:06 Round 1 of 5

Us Randy Couture
15-3-0 13-6-0

Us UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2005.04.16
Odds: +205 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $140,000 ($70K Base, $70K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.5 lbs (92.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#60 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
4:05 Round 1 of 3

Us Vernon White
14-3-0 20-24-2

Us UFC 49: Unfinished Business
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2004.08.21
Odds: -280 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 ($60K Base, $60K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:38 Round 2 of 3, 5:38 Total

Us Tito Ortiz
13-3-0 10-3-0

Us UFC 47: It's On!
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2004.04.02
Odds: +145 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Base, $50K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#42 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired
3:10 Round 2 of 2, 13:10 Total

Us Quinton Jackson
13-2-0 18-3-0

Jp Pride Final Conflict 2003
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 93 kg

2003.11.09
Odds: -120 (Near Even) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
#22 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:09 Round 1 of 3

Nl Alistair Overeem
12-2-0 16-3-0

Jp Pride Total Elimination 2003
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 93 kg

2003.08.10
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Referee: Minoru Toyonaga
#21 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:39 Round 3 of 5, 12:39 Total

Us Randy Couture
12-1-0 10-5-0

Us UFC 43: Meltdown
Main Event | Interim Title | Light Heavyweight | 205

2003.06.06
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#78 Greatest Fight of All Time
#31 Biggest Upset of All Time
#1 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
2:55 Round 1 of 3

Br Renato Sobral
11-1-0 20-4-0

Us UFC 40: Vendetta
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2002.11.22
Odds: -375 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Larry Landless
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Vitor Belfort
10-1-0 10-2-0

Us UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2002.06.22
Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Am Amar Suloev
9-1-0 13-2-0

Us UFC 35: Throwdown
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2002.01.11
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Larry Landless
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Murilo Bustamante
8-1-0 7-0-1

Us UFC 33: Victory in Vegas
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2001.09.28
Odds: -235 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:21 Round 2 of 3, 12:21 Total

Us Guy Mezger
7-1-0 28-11-2

Jp Pride 14: Clash of the Titans
Main Card | Heavyweight

2001.05.27
#73 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:18 Round 1 of 3

Us Kevin Randleman
6-1-0 9-4-0

Us UFC 31: Locked and Loaded
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2001.05.04
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ru Jeff Monson
5-1-0 6-2-0

Jp UFC 29: Defense of the Belts
Main Card | Middleweight | 90 kg

2000.12.16
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs (90.3 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Kick

Steve Heath

Us International Fighting Championship

2000.07.18
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:53 Round 1 of 3

Us Paul Jones
3-1-0 10-0-1

Us UFC 22: Only One Can be Champion
Main Card | Middleweight | 199 lbs

1999.09.24
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs (90.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Kenneth Williams

Us California Regional

1999.03.31
Loss | KO/TKO | Choke
12:00 Round 1 of 1

Us Jeremy Horn
2-0-0 22-4-4

Us UFC 19: Ultimate Young Guns
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 199 lbs

1999.03.05
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs (90.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Jose Landi-Jons

Br International Vale Tudo Championship

1998.08.23
Win | Decision | Unanimous
1 Round

Noe Hernandez
0-0-0 3-2-0

Us UFC 17: Redemption
Main Card | Tournament Alternate | 199 lbs

1998.05.15
Referee: Joseph Hamilton

Chuck Liddell Wiki Update Wiki

One of the longest reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champions in history and MMA's first true crossover superstar, the legendary Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell's extraordinary UFC career spanned all the way from UFC 17: Redemption in 1998, where he made his professional debut, through UFC 115 in 2010, where he fought his last battle in the Octagon.


Liddell began his martial arts journey at the age of 12 in the discipline of Koei-Kan karate, and went on to excel at Kenpo, freestyle wrestling and kickboxing. Upon entering the pro MMA circuit, "The Iceman" notched impressive victories over a laundry list of top contenders, including Jeff Monson, Kevin Randleman, Guy Mezger, Murilo Bustamante, and Renato “Babalu” Sobral -- all before he ever took the Light Heavyweight Championship.


After finally wresting the title from Randy Couture at UFC 52 in 2005, Liddell entered his prime. He reeled off one of the most dominant winning streaks of any fighter in MMA history, defeating Couture (again), Jeremy Horn, Sobral (again), and former champion Tito Ortiz, all by KO or TKO. Liddell ultimately defended his title four times before losing it in 2007 to Pride import Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. During that legendary run, each of Liddell's knockout wins came to seem more inevitable than the last. His fame skyrocketed as he repeatedly delivered on the substantial hype the UFC was placing upon him. Liddell could sell out a major Las Vegas fight card virtually on his own, and as he would make his way inside the cage for a main event, audiences would crackle with an electricity not witnessed for a prize fighter since Mike Tyson.


Liddell's success also played a key role in the meteoric growth of the UFC at that time. He proved to be the perfect flag bearer for the moment, combining his in cage ferocity with a distinctive Mohawked appearance, a mellow, laid back surfer attitude, and memorable personality quirks like a miniature designer dog and a penchant for drinking straight hot sauce out of the bottle while cutting weight in preparation for his fights. It was also around this time that rumors first began to percolate about Liddell's love for partying late into the night, a lifestyle which may have ultimately hastened the end of his pro career.


A former Division I collegiate wrestler, Liddell built his success on a pioneering fighting style. He drew upon his wrestling pedigree not to proactively wrestle, but to stop wrestlers from imposing their gameplans. He utilized top-level takedown defense to maintain standup contests, where more often than not he would finish his opponents with a heavy barrage of strikes. On the rare occasions Liddell was taken down, he possessed an uncanny ability to stand back up, usually immediately, and return to headhunting. Liddell was also distinguished by his ability to knock opponents unconscious while backpedaling, a feat he accomplished against Sobral, Couture, Vernon White, and others throughout his career prime. This began the "sprawl and brawl" style as it is often referred to today.


On July 10, 2009, at the UFC 100 Fan Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Liddell became the sixth inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame, joining Royce Gracie, Dan Severn, Randy "The Natural" Couture, Mark Coleman, Ken Shamrock, and TapouT apparel co-founder Charles “Mask” Lewis in the illustrious category. Along with his standing as a dominant striker, Liddell will be remembered as the first MMA fighter to achieve widespread celebrity status outside the cage, having appeared in popular television series' such as HBO’s “Entourage,” MTV’s “Punk’d,” and network television’s “Dancing With The Stars.” In late December 2010, Chuck Liddell and the UFC jointly announced Liddell's official retirement from the sport of MMA. Liddell would remain on board with the UFC as an Executive Vice President of Business Development.

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