With no fights in the foreseeable future, Chuck Liddell has decided to take some time fueling his competitive edge through a rather unexpected outlet.
Despite having no formal dance training whatsoever, Liddell will be joining the all-star list of athletes to have participated in ABC's hit series Dancing with the Stars, according to UFC.com. Heading into the ninth season of the series, we've come to learn that contestants take it seriously and though it may not be his chosen trade, "The Iceman" is no chump, so you can be sure he'll show up prepared.
"I want to win," he told UFC.com. "I don't like losing in anything, so I'll work as hard as they'll let me."
Considering he'll be up against competition like Mya, Donny Osmond, and Macy Gray, he'd better hope they let him train pretty damn hard. He'll be stepping into the unfamiliar role of underdog, but he does have one distinct advantage over the other contestants, so I suggest he send the judges a few knockout reels from his career and maybe they'll think twice before giving him a bad review.
So it's not exactly the announcement anyone expected from at this point, but it makes perfect sense. As one of the sport's first true crossover stars, Liddell is talking advantage of an opportunity to get some serious exposure for himself and the sport in a time where he would otherwise be lounging by the pool. Granted, he may be in for a little ribbing from the critics but he's excited to put his best foot forward and introduce a whole new audience to the sport:
"I'm gonna go out, be myself, and show what kind of people we do have in this sport," he said. "I'm sure the reaction will be mixed (among fight fans). My friends are gonna be excited and I'll never hear the end of it because they'll make fun of me, but it should be fun and I think everyone will like it."
Also joining Liddell as a cast member will be football legend Michael Irvin, who should be more than prepared as he spent a good portion of 2009 getting Jesse Holley ready to stand amongst the stars as host of Spike TV’s 4th and Long. I wonder if we'll see them on Ultimate Knockouts volume 7 after arguing over who's going to get All Access from Rachelle Leah.
Dancing with the Stars premieres September 21st.
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