ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Six years ago, the iconic Chuck Liddell fought his last professional MMA bout in a fight against Rich Franklin at UFC 115. After several brutal back-and-forth exchanges, "The Iceman" was knocked out by Franklin with just five seconds remaining in the first round.

A few months later, the UFC hall-of-famer officially announced his retirement plans, becoming the new Vice President of Business Development at the UFC.

Chuck Liddell made his MMA debut in 1998 at UFC 17, defeating Noe Hernandez. He went on to quickly pick up wins against MMA legends including Kevin Randleman, Vitor Belfort, and Tito Ortiz, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with.

In 2003, he was chosen as the UFC's official representative in the Pride Grand Prix Tournament in Japan, where he made it to the semifinals. After returning from Japan, Liddell won his next two before defeating Randy Couture to become the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

His final professional record stands at 21–8, including a UFC light heavyweight championship, a title he held through four consecutive title defenses. Liddell also still holds the record for the most knockouts in the division at 10, and the most wins overall at light heavyweight at 16.


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