Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell was born on December 17, 1969 in Santa Barbara, California. Chuck currently lives in San Luis Obisbo, California and owns and operates with his partner, Scott Adams, San Luis Obispo (SLO) Kickboxing School. Chuck is 6'2", weighs 205 lbs., and is currently ranked third in the world in the Light Heavyweight Division, following UFC champion Tito Ortiz and Pride fighting (Japan) champion Vanderlei Silva.
Chuck became interested in martial arts when he was 12 years old. At that time, he began to train in the martial art of Koei Kan Karate. Chuck continued to train in Karate through high school and college. While at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California, Chuck was captain of both the football and wrestling teams. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, University recruited Chuck for their Division I/Pacific 10 conference wrestling team. Chuck eventually attended Cal Poly University and was a four-year starter on the wrestling team. Chuck graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business/Accounting in 1995.
In 1993, Chuck viewed the very first UFC I on Pay-Per-View and became immediately intrigued by the sport. Chuck believed that the UFC was an excellent mix of his skills, background, and talent. It became Chuck's goal to fight in mixed martial arts and the UFC.
After Chuck's graduation from college, he began to seek continued combat competition in the form of Kickboxing. Chuck began to train with John Hackleman of the The Pit in Arroyo Grande, California. Chuck ultimately held heavyweight titles in the USMPA, WKA, and two national Kickboxing titles. Chuck's kickboxing record was 20 and 2 with 16 knockouts.
In 1998, immediately prior to his UFC debut, Chuck began to train in Brazilian Ju-jitsu with John Lewis of the J-Sect Brazilian Ju-jitsu Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Both John Hackleman and John Lewis remain Chuck Liddell's two principal cornermen.
Chuck's professional mixed martial arts record is 16 wins and 3 losses.
Based upon Chuck's performance in mixed martial arts, he was named No Holds Barred Co-Competitor of the Year for 2001 by Black Belt Magazine, an award he shared with UFC Champion Tito Ortiz.
Film credits: Chuck's first film appearance as a MMA fighter was in Universal Motion Pictures "How High" in 2001. Chuck's first film appearance was in the movie "The Postman Always Rings Twice" with Jack Nicholson. Chuck will also be appearing in the soon to be released Warner Brothers movie featuring Jet Li, "Cradle to the Grave".
Fight Training: Chuck ideally begins to train for his fights eight weeks prior to their scheduled occurrence. A typical week of fight training encompasses the following training over a six-day period: 1.) Striking: Chuck works on striking with punches, kicks, knees, and elbows four times per week; 2) Wrestling: Chuck wrestles 3 times per week: 3.) Takedowns: Chuck works solely on "takedowns" twice a week; 4.) Conditioning/Cardio: Chuck conditions five times per week by running sprints; jogging; running hills, stairs, or sand dunes; and swimming; 5.) Strength training: Chuck performs a high repetition weight workout three times per week; 6.) Ju-jitsu: finally Chuck trains in Brazilian Ju-jitsu three times per week.