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Video: Chuck Liddell Gets Mixed Reviews on ‘Dancing With the Stars’


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For those of you who didn’t watch it last night — which includes myself, so this post is as much for me as it is for you — here’s Chuck Liddell‘s debut performance on Dancing With the Stars. The first thing that sticks out is his voice in the intro. Liddell’s from Cali, but he’s taken so many blows to the head over the years that he’s starting to sound like a grizzled Sam Elliott. Anna Trebunskaya‘s main piece of advice to Chuck is to smile so he doesn’t come off as a psychopath. Things start out well enough, though the discomfort is obvious on Chuck’s face at the 2:27 mark, and there are a few obviously botched steps. It doesn’t help that Dana White and the Fertitta Brothers are in the front row, laughing their asses off at him the whole time.

Constructive criticism from the judges starts at 3:51: Bruno refers to Chuck as a "gentle neanderthal" and says he has some work to do. Carrie Ann Inaba calls him "smooth" but wants him to improve his footwork. The old guy in the middle asks him to get in touch with his feminine side, and is lucky he didn’t get punched out for it. Chuck’s combined score of 22 put him in 5th place among the eight celebs who competed last night.

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AgentoftheBat- September 23, 2009 at 7:30 am
I'm just going to keep telling myself he got on the show so he could bang that Russian Chick...at least I can understand that.
R0nnieFr0wn- September 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Now that Rampage is retired Chuck will fight again.
UFC fan- September 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm
chuck the "niceman"....classy dleacock, classy as hell.
dleacock- September 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm
chuck "the Niceman" liddell looked damn sharp out there, i'll admit, better than most people could do.
Contraband- September 22, 2009 at 12:19 pm
I wonder if chuck tapped that? I would
Ed M- September 22, 2009 at 10:14 am
I watched last night and it wasn't a complete waste of time. Had a good laugh at Chuck, and the dance teachers were pretty damn hot. They made me wanna Brock Lesnar my junk til my arms gas out.
Da Spied Her- September 22, 2009 at 9:55 am
Ha-ha! When the old dude tells him to get in touch with his feminine side, Anna is waving it off and saying no. Obviously, Chuck's already gotten in touch with HER feminine side a few times!
bleve- September 22, 2009 at 9:44 am
“The night of the dance, you may feel a slight sting. That’s self-esteem fucking with you. Fuck self-esteem. Self-esteem only hurts, it never helps.”
NomadRip- September 22, 2009 at 9:40 am
That actually wasn't near as horrible as I thought he'd do.
Viva Hate- September 22, 2009 at 9:20 am
@DeepHalf,
Ya, that shit is very hard, I give major props to him for doing it as well as he did. He just needs to remember, grandma in a bikini, grandma in a bikini, always works to prevent accidental wood.

At least if Chuck does pop a tent he wouldn't be the first one in show history to do so, see Shawn Johnson from last season and her partner.

I am far more impressed with Chuck than some kid like Aaron Carter who is a pop signer who appeared on Broadway and obviously has dance experience.
J-Dog- September 22, 2009 at 9:13 am
I like how they have him punch some glass during the intro to show how tough he is. Man, I wish one of my punches was strong enough to break a pane of theater glass! WOW! LOL
Taint_it_so- September 22, 2009 at 9:01 am
Props to Chuck for giving it a go! Allot of guys wouldn't even have the SACK to go out and dance on national TV !
3:35 - 3:39 , Chuck looks like a Pimp about to ask for his $$$$$$ !!!
DeepHalf- September 22, 2009 at 8:57 am
Viva- yeah man, like I said that shit is hard. In MMA, there is an underlying logic for every movement, even if much of it is improvised and spontaneous. Dancing is choreographed and movement is about aesthetics and looking graceful. Chuck was definitely trying to think 3 steps ahead on what foot goes where, when to turn here or there, not pop a woody into that chick, and smile.
Viva Hate- September 22, 2009 at 8:46 am
Did anyone else feel a little creepy whenever they showed Chuck and he was "smiling?" He looked like a serial killer stalking a victim at a classy bar or someone trying to not get a boner while dancing with a hot cousin, just very awkward and uncomfortable. Dont judge unless youve been there.
Viva Hate- September 22, 2009 at 8:42 am
Against every fiber of my moral being, I watched this last night, and I have to say I was glad, Chuck was by far the most entertaining of anyone, and the crowd somehow ate him up. I did have a moment of anger as the host completely butchered Wanderlei Silvas name during the intro for Chuck.

Chuck actually did a lot better than I expected and was at least better than Michael Irvin and Tom Delay.

Make sure you vote for Chuck, I did as many times as I could, at least for a few more weeks of uncomfortably stiff dancing and even more uncomfortale attempts to smile and look nice.
One Two- September 22, 2009 at 8:40 am
Somewhere Shogun feels bad and Randy is adding some small changes to his Trigg Vitor comeback speech for his invitation to chuck to train at extreme couture. Haha i'll vote for him.
roachtbp- September 22, 2009 at 8:25 am
My first post got flagged for spam since I put a link to the website on it, but you can find the website using Google.

I feel it is the responsbility of PotatoNation to ensure that Chuck Liddell wins the competition (even if it is dancing).
roachtbp- September 22, 2009 at 8:23 am
If you missed DWTS last night you can still vote for Chuck online on the DWTS website. You have until 12pm ET - it's 11:23am ET now.

So we have 37 minutes to help him win.

Come on potatonation, lets make sure Chuch does good.
Arnaud- September 22, 2009 at 8:21 am
@ lesnarisafag

1) Chuck get laid more often than you and all those geeks who made comments like yours, for sure.
2) Before being a wash-up fighter, he is a legend.
3) By trying to be funny, your not funny at all... chicks like guys that have a real sense of humour or a killer-look like Chuck. I guess you don't have both so you probably get laid one time a year with your ugly cousin during that Christmas party at your Grandma's house...
Jugger- September 22, 2009 at 7:58 am
Weird. Some stuff just confuses me. Bizarre-O World. Chuck Liddell. Foxtrot. DeepHalf's comment. I suspect I'll wake up any second now.
DeepHalf- September 22, 2009 at 7:51 am
I train 5 days a week usually, and 7 if i have a tournament coming up. I started taking up salsa class in my off days. Man that stuff is hard, so I feel for Chuck. Chicks are always judging you and getting bitchy because you can't keep up. That said, there's way the hell more girls at a dance class than there are at no-gi or stand up class. They even sweat differently. I voted for Chuck 8 times, show some love for the man and go to that site to vote.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- September 22, 2009 at 7:45 am
At least he didn't do something gay like shadow box during the dance or wear an button up shirt tucked in but unbuttoned.

Dana and the Fertittas should get signs that say things like 'Chuck will KO the competition' and 'Don't be Iced by the Iceman' that would bring the whole theme of embarrassment full circle.
lesnerisafag- September 22, 2009 at 7:34 am
hahahaha omfg thats so fuckin funny. washed up fighter now needs to attend dance class to get laid. priceless.
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