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When I walk out of the tunnel, I can see the lights, hear the music, feel the crowd, but it all begins to close off as I near the cage. By that point I'm thinking, I've been training hard, it's time to focus....Every man is born with a fight-or-flight instinct, and mine is to fight. It always has been.
From the Prologue
What's it like to have no fear, to make people cower in their shoes, to know the sweet satisfaction of knocking a guy out with a single, devastating punch? You have to read my book to find out. I've been called the baddest man on the planet. I'm the face of Ultimate Fighting Championship, the leader in mixed martial arts and the fastest growing sport in America. In 1998 I won my first MMA fight. Not long after, the UFC came calling, and eventually fought my way to become the #1 ranked light-heavyweight contender in the world. Not bad for a bartender with a college degree in accounting.
I was raised by a single mother and inspired by my grandfather, a first- generation Irish American from Mafia-run Brooklyn. I learned how to fight at a very young age. Now I'm 6'2, 220 pounds, and a trained lethal weapon, but I'm also fiercely loyal, maybe even a bit sensitive, and unexpectedly romantic. In raw detail, and with total honesty, I'm going to tell you the story of my fighting life-both inside and outside the Octagon including my childhood in the poor section of Santa Barbara, gritty insider accounts of my major fights, stories behind my trademark mohawk and nickname, my ongoing rivalry with Tito Ortiz and deep-rooted friendship with Dana White, and how I balance life as a father, a UFC champ, and a superstar-or try to, anyway. With never-before-seen photos, Iceman is my true, no-holds-barred story of fighting my way to become a champion.
"What's not to love about Chuck Liddell? He has transcended the sport to become a cultural icon. He is The Guy for most guys, a real-life hero in a world of spoiled, whiny poseurs. Arnold, without the script." ESPN The Magazine
"Around 80 percent of the fighters have college degrees, including Chuck Liddell, who may look like a bouncer at a biker bar but was an accounting major at Cal Poly." Sports Illustrated
"Liddell, thirty-seven, who stands 6'2" and weighs 220 pounds, has become mixed martial arts' most recognized superstar." USA Today
One of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's biggest stars tells the story of how he went from being a bartender in California to the #1 ranked light-heavyweight fighter in the world. Illustrations.
“The New York Times bestseller from the baddest man on the planet—with photos and a brand new chapter.
Chuck Liddell is the face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and superstar of Mixed Martial Arts -- the fastest growing sport in America. In 1998, he won his first Mixed Martial Arts fight, soon after joining the UFC to become the #1 ranked light-heavyweight contender in the world. He is a walking lethal weapon.
Here, for the first time, is the story of Chuck Liddell inside and outside the Octagon—from his childhood in the poor section of Santa Barbara to the bloodiest battles of his career, to balancing life as a father, a UFC champ, and a superstar. With never-before-seen photos—and an all-new chapter added for this edition—Iceman is the true, no-holds-barred story of Chuck Liddell’s fight to become a champion.
About the Author
Chuck Liddell first stepped into the Octagon in 1998 and became the UFC's light-heavyweight champion in 2005, a title he held for two years. An accounting major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he still lives and trains in the SLO.
Chad Millman, a deputy editor at ESPN the Magazine, is the author of The Detonators and The Odds and coauthor of Invincible and Pickup Artists.