If you are an active MMA fan, or combat sports fan for that matter, I’m sure you’ve heard or said to yourself “Man he/she knocked out a ton of people.” Well that got me wondering… who has literally knocked out a ton of people by weight (2000 lbs.)?
Charles David Liddell (Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell) 21-8 MMA
Born December 17, 1969 – Santa Barbara, California
Official Site: http://www.chuckliddell.com/
Liddell began his martial arts journey in Koei-Kan karate when he was twelve years old. He also ventured into amateur kickboxing (with a record of 20-2) but finally fell in love with Kempo karate. Liddell has a grappling background in BJJ and was a division 1 wrestler for Polytechnic State University.
He made his pro MMA debut at UFC 17 on May 15, 1998 vs Noe Hernandez where he started his career with a unanimous decision victory. Three months later he would pick up another unanimous decision in the International Vale Tudo Championship over Jose Landi-Jons. Then, in only Liddell’s third pro bout, Jeremy Horn would land a first round arm-triangle handing him his first defeat at UFC 19 (3-5-99).
Liddell then scored two first round stoppages over Kenneth Williams (NG 11 – RNC) and Paul Jones (UFC 22 – TKO) to finish his ’99. He would compete twice in the year 2000 scoring a second round KO over Steve Heath (IFC WC 9) and taking a unanimous decision over Jeff Monson (UFC 29).
Then Liddell would score two KO’s over Kevin Randleman (UFC 31) and Guy Mezger (Pride 14) before picking up three straight unanimous decisions – all in the UFC, over Murilo Bustamante (UFC 33), Amar Suloev (UFC 35) and Vitor Belfort (UFC 37.5). Liddell would end his 2002 with a first round head-kick KO of Renato Sobral at UFC 40.
Now riding a ten-fight winning streak, Liddell would be set to compete for the UFC Interim light-heavyweight title vs Randy Couture at UFC 43 on June 6, 2003. Couture would stop Liddell in the third round via TKO claiming the interim title and snapping Liddell’s four-year. ten-fight streak. Liddell would then compete for Pride (Total Elimination 2003) where he scored a first round KO over Alistair Overeem before suffering his third loss via corner stoppage to Quinton Jackson (Pride: Final Conflict 2003).
Now back competing for the UFC, Liddell would finally get the fight he had wanted for a long time. He would face his old training partner and former UFC light-heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz at UFC 47 on April 2, 2004. Just thirty-eight seconds into the second round, Liddell scored the KO and backed up what he had said about their training days.
After scoring a first round KO over Vernon White (UFC 49), Liddell would sign on as a coach on the new reality series produced by the UFC themselves, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). His opposing coach was UFC light-heavyweight champion Randy Couture. Both competitors that won the debut season of TUF, Diego Sanchez and Forrest Griffin were coached by Liddell. At the end of the series the two were set to face off in a rematch at UFC 52 for the title. In just over two minutes, Liddell would score the KO and achieve his dream of becoming a UFC champ. while avenging his loss to Couture.
Now he was set to face the first man to defeat him, Jeremy Horn at UFC 54. After three and a half rounds, Liddell got the TKO victory when Horn decided not to continue. Liddell having avenged another loss and defended his UFC light-heavyweight strap for the first time, would get a rubber match with Couture At UFC 57 in February 2006. This time Couture would do better but Liddell proved that he now had Couture’s number getting the KO less than a minute and a half into the second round. Now with two title defenses under his belt, Liddell would rematch Sobral at UFC 62 (8-26-2006). Almost four years after their first bout, Liddell took 1:20 seconds less to finish Sobral in the first round via TKO, and retain his title.
Former light-heavyweight champion Ortiz would earn his third shot at UFC gold when he faced Liddell in a rematch at UFC 66 (12-30-2006). Liddell would again get the stoppage, this time in the third round via TKO. Retaining his strap in his fourth consecutive title defense, Liddell was on top of the world. During that calendar year, Liddell took 1st, 2nd and 4th in all time UFC gates and set the then North American gate revenue record.
Liddell now had the opportunity to avenge the last loss he had to avenge and the last loss of his career. Quinton Jackson now stood in the way of his fifth title defense at UFC 71 in May 2007. One minute and fifty-three seconds is all it took for Jackson to bring Liddell to the canvas and get the TKO stoppage. Everything Liddell had built up over three and a half years came crashing down.
Liddell would compete twice more in 2007 dropping a split decision to Keith Jardine (UFC 76) and taking a unanimous decision over Wanderlei Silva (UFC 79). Liddell would compete once in 2008 (UFC 88 – Rashad Evans), 2009 (UFC 97 – Mauricio Rua) and 2010 (UFC 115 – Rich Franklin) loosing all three by KO/TKO stoppage with the last two coming in the first round.
After his UFC 97 loss to Rua, it was announced on July 10, 2009 that Liddell was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Liddell then competed on season nine of Dancing With the Stars which premiered on September 21, 2009. He was matched with pro dancer Anna Trebunskaya but was eliminated fifth.
After going 1-5 in his last six bouts and four ending in KO/TKO, Liddell announced on December 29, 2010 at the UFC 125 press conference that he had retired from the sport of MMA after twelve years of competition. He also announced that he would be taking the position of UFC Vice President of Business Development. He held the position until the purchase by WME-IMG. Shortly after the company released Liddell among others (around 350 in total) in a 21 to 27 percent downsizing to save costs.
There hasn’t been much from Liddell since 2010 besides a few rumors here and there about one last comeback. He most recently joined another reality show. Liddell and ten other celebrities will compete for $250,000 in the first American version of Celebrity Big Brother. Last night was the Celebrity Big Brother premier on CBS.
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In Liddell’s 29 fight career he has KO/TKO’d 13 of his opponents totaling a whopping 2,625 lbs. of men.
In order from most recent:
Tito Ortiz UFC 66 3rd rnd. TKO @ 3:59 205 lbs.
Renato Sobral UFC 62 1st rnd. TKO @ 1:35 205 lbs.
Randy Couture UFC 57 2nd rnd. KO @ 1:28 203 lbs.
Jeremy Horn UFC 54 4th rnd. TKO @ 2:46 203 lbs.
Randy Couture UFC 52 1st rnd. KO @ 2:06 203 lbs.
Vernon White UFC 49 1st rnd. KO @ 4:05 200 lbs.
Tito Ortiz UFC 47 2nd rnd. KO @ 0:38 202 lbs.
Alistair Overeem Pride (8-10-03) 1st rnd. KO @ 3:09 205 lbs.
Renato Sobral UFC 40 1st rnd. KO @ 2:55 204 lbs.
Guy Mezger Pride 14 2nd rnd. KO @ 0:21 207 lbs.
Kevin Randleman UFC 31 1st rnd. KO @ 1:18 205 lbs.
Steve Heath IFC WC 9 2nd rnd. KO @ 5:39 185 lbs.
Paul Jones UFC 22 1st rnd. TKO @ 3:53 198 lbs.
Which is your favorite Liddell KO?
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