Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell Loves Vegas, Hates the Rude French and Wants Take Out
Chuck Liddell, better known as "The Iceman" has been a force in UFC for close to a decade. The Iceman is one of the big reasons that Mixed Martial Arts fighting moved from underground to mainstream America.
Chuck made his UFC debut in 1998 and soon established himself as a devastating striker with victories over Tito Ortiz, Renato Sobral and Wanderlei Silva over the next few years. He went on to win the Light Heavyweight Title in 2004 with a speedy victory over Randy Couture.
The Iceman recently traded in the fight shorts and punches for tight pants and fleet feet as he competes on Dancing with the Stars. We caught up with The Iceman in between his mambos and cha-chas to find out where his favorite place to fight is and what cultural misunderstandings he's had when traveling.
What's the best city you've visited for a match?
Chuck Liddell: I've gotta say, my favorite is Vegas for fights. It's a great place for fights and there are other things for people to do and it's easy for people to make a vacation out of it.
What's your most horrible travel experience?
The Iceman: Well honestly, when I went to Paris I really loved the city and the buildings. I'm actually planning on taking my daughter there. She moved out to Montreal and really loved the city and the buildings. I said if you really liked that then I'm going to take you out to Paris. However, the way you get treated there, the people were just rude. I mean, I'm a nice person and a pretty laid back person but I was starting to get down right irritated by the way people were treating me. I mean I didn't do anything wrong and I'm a totally nice guy.
What's the strangest cultural difference you have encountered?
Chuck Liddell: When I was in Paris with my girlfriend at the time, I was trying to get something to go at the place [we were at]. I thought; what do you mean I can't get it to go? The said "we don't do that." So I thought, let me go talk to the cook since he happened to be a fan. So we went back and talked to the cook and he came back and said ok you can get her something to go. I'm thinking, they don't have to go stuff? Are they just being rude to me again? Then they guys came out and they had actually put plastic wrap over a dish with metal silverware and everything. Then I thought, oh, I guess they really don't have take out here.
What's been the craziest encounter with a fan while you were on vacation?
The Iceman: For me, the strangest one was in Japan. The night before I fought I was on TV. I went out to go shopping and I started taking some pictures of people. I was then surrounded by a crowd of people and finally my buddy was like, ok, let's get out of here. Once I started walking away and my friends were taking me out of there, everyone started backing off and let it go. They didn't continue to keep coming. I guess it then becomes rude.