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Iceman: My Fighting Life Paperback – January 6, 2009
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"ESPN The Magazine"
Around 80 percent of the fighters have college degrees, including Chuck Liddell, who may look like a bouncer at a biker bar but was an accounting major at Cal Poly.
Liddell, thirty-seven, who stands 6'2"and weighs 220 pounds, has become mixed martial arts most recognized superstar.
"What's not to love about Chuck Liddell? He has transcended the sport to become a cultural icon. He is The Guy for most guys, a real-life hero in a world of spoiled, whiny poseurs. Arnold, without the script."
-"ESPN The Magazine"
"Around 80 percent of the fighters have college degrees, including Chuck Liddell, who may look like a bouncer at a biker bar but was an accounting major at Cal Poly."
"Liddell, thirty-seven, who stands 6'2"and weighs 220 pounds, has become mixed martial arts' most recognized superstar."
aWhatas not to love about Chuck Liddell? He has transcended the sport to become a cultural icon. He is The Guy for most guys, a real-life hero in a world of spoiled, whiny poseurs. Arnold, without the script.a
a"ESPN The Magazine"
aAround 80 percent of the fighters have college degrees, including Chuck Liddell, who may look like a bouncer at a biker bar but was an accounting major at Cal Poly.a
aLiddell, thirty-seven, who stands 6'2"and weighs 220 pounds, has become mixed martial artsa most recognized superstar.a
About the Author
Chad Millman a deputy editor at ESPN The Magazine, is the author of The Detonators and The Odds and co-author of Invincible and Pickup Artists. He lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife and two sons. Visit his website at www.chadmillman.com .
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The book also provides details and insight into why Chuck does what he does. It provides life changing events and the decisions Chuck made to keep going. I find myself thinking of Chuck's life and the decisions he made and it provides a calming influence to me as I now understand that life can only beat you up if you let it. I found the book helpful in understanding Chuck and I am an even bigger Liddell fan since reading the book.
I learned a lot of interesting things; Dana White trained at the same gym as Chuck Liddell - so did the Fertitta brothers. Liddell lost his manager because of a disagreement over TUF2 - the man thought he should have been paid more money and Chuck realized this was necessary both for the sport and his recognition. The UFC launched their TUF reality show completely on their own dime and then pitched it for free to any network willing to take a chance! These are the kinds of things I really wanted an insight into and Liddell's book delivers in spades. The Matt Hughes book, in contrast, gave me nothing.
I wasn't a fan of Chuck's prior to reading this novel, but I am now. It's obvious that he cares passionately about the MMA game and I hope he manages to recapture the LHW belt.
Chuck is not only one of the greatest fighters ever to step into the octagon, he is down to earth, a good father, and a loyal friend to those who know, work and train with him. Money, fame and fortune has not changed him and his love for fighting. He would be just as content fighting in his backyard for free to prove he is the best.
One of his most intriguing fights he talks about in detail that I was amazed by his courage and toughness was the Vale Tudo Championships in Brazil. A brutal thirty minute war with Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons, whose record at that time was 13-2. Chuck's only second career fight and he beats a heavily favored veteran fighter in his own back yard. No rounds, no gloves, no breaks, very few rules. Not many men as determined or as brave as Chuck would take on such a challenge. When Chuck saw Pele the next day, he said his face looked like the Elephant Man's.
Quote from book. "Winning that fight earned me my first magazine cover. Naturally, it was Full Contact Fighter. It also put me on the international map as a mixed martial arts threat. Most important, it helped me realize what I could do in the ring. I knew I had the talent to go far in this sport."
And far he did, winning the UFC LHW title in 2005 against Randy Couture, and defending it four times. After watching his incredible performance against Wanderlei Silva on December 29, 2007, I believe he will win his title back soon.
You get the inside story of Liddell's training methods, his preparations for his fights, what it's like to be on the set of "The Ultimate Fighter" and his friendship with Dana White. Chuck Liddell comes off to me as a fairly carefree happy go lucky guy who doesn't get too high after wins or too low after losses. He is no saint, and after reading the book you might suggest that his nickname not be "Iceman" as much as "Swordsman."
The story is not complete, of course. At age 37 or 38, Liddell may have a few fights left in him. The book was written before he beat Wanderlei Silva in December 2007. If Liddell's career continues as long as Randy Couture's, he may have to sharpen the pencil for a sequel.
If you are an MMA fan, you will enjoy and savor this self-portrait of a modern day gladiator.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Iceman is a god. He's a nice man when he's out of the ring. Bet when he's in, you better bring your knife/gun with you. Well written book.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
The man The man who made the life of all his opponents a living hell. Iceman rocks!Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
UFC superstars should not be judged as a person according to their image and ego in the octagon. this book is a perfect example of a UFC 'bad boy' who's really a big-hearted person... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gladys Carter
It is a very nice but I wish it wouldn't have came in a see through package , it was a Christmas present that didn't make it till ChristmasPublished 12 months ago by jody harris
LOVE THE ICEMAN, BUT THE BOOK WASN'T AS GOOD AS I EXPECTED. THE MATT HUGHES BOOK IS EXCELLANT.Published 13 months ago by JAYSON BRANHAM
Great book. Chuck is the man. Great fighter.Published 13 months ago by The House of John MACHINE Lober
Unsurprisingly this is written at a pretty low level and the real meat here is getting some insight into the fighter mentality. The book does an okay job. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bill Bixby