Chuck Liddell’s Dance Partner: This Russian Chick

Looking back now, it’s hard to believe there was a time when we thought that continuing to fight in the UFC was the worst thing Chuck Liddell could do for his long-term health and career legacy.  Then he decided to join a televised dance contest with a bunch of “celebrities” and a disgraced former congressman, and suddenly we find ourselves wishing that he’d just come back and get hit in the head over and over again instead.

According to ET Online, “The Iceman” has been partnered with Russian professional ballroom dancer [ed note: that’s a real thing?!] Anna Trebunskaya for the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars.”  Her previous partners on the show include NFL legend Jerry Rice, and actor Steve Guttenberg, who you might remember from such decades as the 1980’s.  Following in Guttenberg’s dancing shoes won’t be easy — dude was in “Police Academy” and “Short Circuit” — but if there’s anyone willing to sort of give it a shot in between text messages, it’s Liddell.

At this point you might be reading this and wondering, ‘Does this mean the Cage Potato guys are going to start following “Dancing with the Stars” just because Liddell’s on it?’  The answer is, what the hell’s the matter with you?  Of course not. 

It’s a show where marginally famous people learn to do World War II-era dances.  The fact that it even exists makes us sort of sad.  The fact that Liddell is doing it is a testament to what boredom and a desire to stay in some kind of spotlight will do to a man.  And if you think we’re being too hard on it, take a look at this clip of Liddell’s future partner and Mahoney doing what passes for entertainment on network TV.  We dare you to watch the whole thing: