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? Liddell knows. He’s the face of Ultimate Fighting Championship, the leader in mixed martial arts and the fastest growing sport in America. In 1998 he won his first MMA fight. Not long after, the UFC came calling, and he eventually fought his way to become the #1 ranked light-heavyweight contender in the world. Not bad for a bartender with a college degree in accounting.
Liddell was raised by a single mother and inspired by his grandfather, a first-generation Irish American from Mafia-run Brooklyn. He learned how to fight at a very young age. Now he’s 6’2″, 220 pounds, and a trained lethal weapon, but also fiercely loyal, maybe even a bit sensitive, and unexpectedly romantic. In raw detail, and with total honesty, he tells the story of his fighting life—both inside and outside the Octagon—including his childhood in the poor section of Santa Barbara, gritty insider accounts of his major fights, stories behind his trademark Mohawk and nickname, his ongoing rivalry with Tito Ortiz and deep-rooted friendship with Dana White, and how he balances life as a father, a UFC champ, and a superstar—or tries to, anyway. With never-before-seen photos, Iceman is the true, no-holds-barred story of Chuck fighting his way to become a champion.