Posted On:8/17/2009 10:55am
Style: MT, Boxing
Chuck Liddell, who is often credited (with fellow UFC fighter, Randy Couture) for bringing mixed martial arts into the mainstream, will be making a mainstream appearance of a different kind, on the upcoming ninth season of Dancing with the Stars.
Liddell has an extensive background in Kempo and Koei-Kan Karate and is considered mostly a ‘stand up’ fighter (as opposed to a ‘ground’ fighter). It will no doubt be very interesting to see if a karate and kickboxing background translate into dance.
Dancers usually take to martial arts well, having already acquired the hip strength, balance and flexibility that many of the moves require, although they usually have to work to gain power, if the opposite is also true, Liddell could impress on Dancing with the Stars.
The ABC show will premier on Sept. 21 and will also include celebrity entertainers; singers Mya and Macy Gray and Aaron Carter; actors Ashley Hamilton, Melissa Joan Hart and Debi Mazar; models Joanna Krupa and Kathy Ireland; reality stars Mark Dacascos and Kelly Osbourne; entertainer Donny Osmond; and former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Other athletes joining Liddell on the show will be snowboarder Louie Vito; Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin; and former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.
Liddell already has an impressive fight record with the most wins by a fighter 16, (tied with Matt Hughes) as well as the most KO/TKO wins, with 10, fans will surely be waiting to see if he is as impressive on the dance floor.
We'll see how graceful the ole' Iceman is on the dance floor. I wonder if he'll let his hair grow in or if he'll keep the mohawk. I also wonder how many UFC fans are actually going to be tuning in to see.
Posted On:8/17/2009 11:25am
hah.. i love chuck as much as the next guy, and i hope he does well, but.. just the thought alone makes me LOL
Posted On:8/17/2009 11:31am
Style: Keyboard Warrior
I hope Chuck's stint on the show helps to dispels the image among some of the general public that MMA fighters are barbaric goons. Furthermore, I hope that Chuck wins it!
BJJ wins again!
Posted On:8/17/2009 11:58am
I don't know about grace, but he'll have an instant conditioning advantage.
Posted On:8/17/2009 12:28pm
New York MMA Examiner Style: magic FUCKING powers!
His hands will be too low when he steps back during the samba.
Posted On:8/17/2009 1:26pm
Is this for real? If so then LOL.
God for him though, gotta be a nice paycheck and awesome if he goes far in it.
it's all vanity
Posted On:8/17/2009 1:34pm
I'm saying it now: he's going to try to incorporate a sprawl into one/all of his dances.
I am a Ninja bitches!! Deal with it
Posted On:8/17/2009 1:37pm
Style: Improv comedy
I just hope he doesn't get knocked out
I say Mark Dacascos is the man who will win it.
Don't mess with the chairman Allez Cuisine!!!!
Last edited by Goju - Joe; 8/17/2009 1:42pm at .
Posted On:8/17/2009 1:38pm
chuck ktfo's michael irvin, please god
Posted On:8/17/2009 2:24pm
Style: BJJ, Judo
Conditioning, timing, footwork, balance, competitive spirit, combinations, he has it all. But he needs to keep his hands up and his posture straight. Otherwise, this should all be pretty similar for him - learn move, rep it, combine it with other moves, rep it with a partner, and try it in front of an audience.
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