“ Genre: Biography / Author: Chuck Liddell / Edition: SPORT / Hardcover / 305 Pages / Book is published 2008-04-24 by DUTTON „
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Chuck Liddell is one of the biggest stars in MMA, a former UFC champion known for his knockout power and rivalry with other MMA standout, Tito Ortiz. In his autobiography Liddell gives and open and honest account of both a fighters life and lifestyle.
Through reading this book you will learn about Liddell's full fighting career, street fights, bar brawls, kick boxing events, unlicensed 'no holds barred' fights, the early days of his MMA career and the rising to become one of MMA's biggest names and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Liddell gives his perspective on one of MMA's greatest rivalries, the rivalry between himself and Tito Ortiz. His views on the war between these two greats are very different from the views given by Tito Ortiz in his autobiography and appear to be the more realistic and honest of the two accounts.
The book is not all about fighting. Liddell gives details of his family life, his underprivileged background, how he wore leg braces as child due to health problems, his high school and college wrestling career, his love for kenpo karate, and how he met long-time friend and trainer John Hackleman and achieving his college degree in Accountancy. Liddell also talks about dealing with fame, his brief acting career, the partying and the women.
Would I recommend the book to a friend? Yes, and he loved it every bit as much as I did. The book is a highly entertaining read, I have read the book twice within the last 12 months. At a price of around £5 for a paperback copy the book is a steal. If you are a fan of Chuck Liddell or would like to know more about him then you will certainly enjoy this book.
The best MMA autobiography I have read so far (I have also read autobiographies by Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and BJ Penn).
Excellent read. Recommended.
Back when wrestlers dominated the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, one man stood out amongst the crowd and dared to be different, that man was former Ultimate Fighting Championships Light Heavyweight title holder, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell. What a lot of people didn't realize that Chuck was a pretty good wrestler himself, but instead of using this knowledge of the sport to be offensive, he used it to simply back up his much stronger asset of, plainly put, knocking people out.
Chuck's most devastating part of his offense was his Kenpo kickboxing background. Now when you hear the word kickboxing, with the emphasis being on kick, you'd expect Chuck to had some great strikes with his legs but that wasn't the case. We'll never really know just how good Chuck's kicks were because he refused to throw them. It wasn't because he wasn't good at it, it played into his overall game of not being taken down. If Chuck was taken down he was pretty much defenseless so he did everything in his will to make sure that the fight kept on the feet where he had the advantage, and that just so happened to include not throwing any form of kick encase his opponent catches it and takes him down.
So all Chuck had was his hands and boy were they good. It wasn't just the fact that he had knockout power in either hand and was quick to throw a punch, it was also down to his stance. Chuck's stance was so specific and so unique to himself that it'd be impossible to mistake him at a distance for any other fighter. His legs stood wide apart with his left hand extended in front of him, his gut sticking wide out and his right hand cocked back at around his jaw line just waiting to explode. It was the perfect combination for a counter puncher and a lot of fighters found that out the hard way. Often a fighter would come in overly aggressive, back Chuck up and it was just a matter of seconds before Chuck would fire back with his signature punch, the overhand right, before it was all over.
But again, this all leads back to his main cause of success, his ability to not be taken down. Chuck could stuff the takedowns of some of the best wrestlers in the sport. Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz and Kevin Randleman (the same man that suplexed pound for pound king Fedor Emelianenko) had all failed to effectively take Chuck down. It was simply fundamental to his game plan and it could be argued that along with BJ Penn, Chuck Liddell had some of the best takedown defense in all of Mixed Martial Arts.
Traces the Ultimate Fighting Champion's journey from a bartending job in California to his forefront position as a top-ranked light-heavyweight fighter, describing his intellectual youth, training in martial arts, and numerous UFC victories.