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Iceman vs Iceman;
A pro wrestler who calls himself the Iceman says he owns that nickname and thinks he could sue the UFC and Chuck Liddell over its use. Jonathan "Iceman" Knudsen said he registered the name and likeness in 1991. MMAWeekly talked to the professional wrestler and got this statement regarding the situation…
"I bought the licensing rights to this gimmick in 1991. And have filed the gimmick as a TM (trademark). I spent several thousands of dollars to file the gimmick name as a pro wrestler. I have also contacted Black Ice, the company that sponsored Chuck Liddell, to let them know they can no longer use the gimmick name ICEMAN for any of their companies product endorsements or merchandising.
I have also spoken to Chuck Liddell to let him know that I would need to see how they will be packaging his products with the use of the name ICEMAN as an endorsement. As a professional wrestler it is very important to license your name for the reason of signing contracts later down the road.
Without your gimmick name licensing it could mean loss of several thousands of dollars in merchandising and product placement. I am not looking to cause Chuck or the UFC any grief, I have simply told them about the problem with Chuck using the name as a product placement. As long as he does not try to sell products or push products simply using the name ICEMAN gimmick on those products. I have no problem with him using it. I hear he is a very nice guy and easy to get along with and he spoke very professionally on the phone with me today."