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Chuck Liddell Joins ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’


(What can you say? The man’s a natural…)

Dana White might have forced Chuck Liddell into retirement, but somehow, some way, the Iceman’s competitive fire was going to find an outlet — it’s just too bad it had to be through a televised dancing competition. UFC.com has revealed that the former light-heavyweight champ and UFC Hall of Famer has accepted a spot on the ninth season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, which premieres Monday, September 21st. Liddell will be battling for dance-floor supremacy against Michael Irvin, Donny Osmond, Tom DeLay (!?), Melissa Joan Hart, Mya, Aaron Carter, Kathy Ireland, Kelly Osbourne, and seven other C/D-listers. Chuck has had no prior dance training, and told UFC.com "I like to dance, but I don’t know how to dance." Still, he’s not counting himself out:

“I want to win. I don’t like losing in anything, so I’ll work as hard as they’ll let me…I’m gonna go out, be myself, and show what kind of people we do have in this sport. I’m sure the reaction will be mixed (among fight fans). My friends are gonna be excited and I’ll never hear the end of it because they’ll make fun of me, but it should be fun and I think everyone will like it.”

As for why he’s taking on this particular challenge, Chuck credits boredom:

“They asked a couple different times, but it would be too much time to take off from training for fights. Now I don’t have any fights coming up and I’m not training, so it’s something to do…When I talked to them after I agreed to do it, they said if you don’t have any background in dancing, just learn it when you get here. Don’t confuse yourself by starting with somebody and then having to come over and re-learn it…I’m a little nervous, but I’m excited to get started and see where I’m at.”

Liddell will meet with his professional dance partner for the first time today. Is middle America ready for Liddell’s special blend of creaky footwork and marble-mouthed interviews? God help us, we’re about to find out…

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jiuclaw666- August 18, 2009 at 6:36 am
oh Chuck - why hath thou forsaken me?
DOWNola II- August 18, 2009 at 2:06 am
Awesome interview.
Komodo- August 17, 2009 at 5:54 pm
I hope Aaron Carter gets knocked the fuck out.
Jay Smith- August 17, 2009 at 3:07 pm
McClaniac FTW
Diggler- August 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm
This news is Gayer than AIDS
McClaniac- August 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm
Chuck's first night of the show will be as disastrous as Michael J. Fox's first day as a tattoo artist
UFC fan- August 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm
I'm with Derly...what the fuck? and why don't we have more pictures of that bitches tits? damn side shots half covered...crap.
Derly- August 17, 2009 at 11:44 am
How does no one comment on the Picture? What kind of party is that?

Chuck's girl looks like her costume is falling off and her tits are about to fall out of her bra. Then the other girl right in front of her is getting stripped down on the dance floor and enjoying it. I think we need to go on the hunt for the orgy porn with Chuck Liddel in it.
Socal Tot- August 17, 2009 at 10:42 am
I think chuck will do good. He has no schedule that will conflict with his dance training. I wonder if Chuck will go nuts and give his usual arms crossed shout out to the Pit after getting a 10 from Bruno.
Jesus Frijoles- August 17, 2009 at 9:53 am
Well, Chuck has the staggering around backwards in a cicle, victory dance down.I only hope that he loses his temper and beats the shit out of Donny Osmond.
bpd- August 17, 2009 at 9:51 am
@largemidget

Actually it's about the opposite of "gay". Do a google image search of Edyta Sliwinska or Julianne Hough if you don't believe me.

Maybe a little overboard with the sequins sure, but you'd cha cha with either one of them, right?
LargeMidget- August 17, 2009 at 9:35 am
This is the gayest news I've heard in a while.
TheKCB- August 17, 2009 at 9:14 am
Judging by that picture, he'll be dancing in a star.

oooooo ok that was lame.
portland mma- August 17, 2009 at 9:12 am
This is actually a great move for Chuck and the UFC (as horrible as the show is), I work with a few ladies in the office that follow this shit religiously, its a good way for Chuck to go out for the UFC and church up their image to mainstream America and Suburban housewives.
Mike Milbury- August 17, 2009 at 8:56 am
What will happen if his partner accidentally clips him on the chin or face?
Bob Reilly- August 17, 2009 at 8:48 am
My wife watches that shit religiously. I am so gonna vote for Chuck. I just wanna see him make a fool of himself for as long as possible.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 17, 2009 at 8:33 am
LOL @ agentsmith!

Chuck on DWTS

* sound of me making a 'facepalm' *
agentsmith- August 17, 2009 at 8:33 am
My predictions:

Osmond def. Liddell via TKO, Round 2
Hart def. Osbourne via magic spell, Round 1
Irvin def. DeLay via KO, Round 1
Ireland def. Mya via Submission due to strikes, Round 2
Carter def. self, Split Decision
Virago- August 17, 2009 at 8:27 am
I'd love to see Chuck dancing with Marie Osmond, we could place bets on which one of them would hit the floor first!
two_black_eyes- August 17, 2009 at 8:18 am
Hope he doesnt show up like he did at that tv morning show interview.
haha this will be funny.
Da Spied Her- August 17, 2009 at 8:16 am
Somehow I think Chuck's only dance experience involves poles and laps.
Just A Wrestler- August 17, 2009 at 8:12 am
To be honest i think he has a good chance. Wrestlers naturally have good footwork, are good with their hips, and are good working with another person. I am not only just a wrestler im a dancer too! CHA CHA CHA!


Just kidding.
jimbonics- August 17, 2009 at 7:57 am
Holy Freaking God.




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