Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will be making his official Dancing with the Stars debut tonight on ABC. The highly anticipated broadcast will feature one of MMA’s baddest men sporting some of the most intimidating spandex pants and Bedazzled shirts you have ever seen.
“They asked a couple different times, but it would be too much time to take off from training for fights,” Liddell said of his decision to participate in the show. “Now I don’t have any fights coming up and I’m not training, so it’s something to do.”
This isn’t just a stupid dance show for a bunch of has-been celebs. Well maybe it is for some people, but for Liddell, his performance on the show could very well blast open the mainstream doors for the sport of mixed martial arts, and don’t think the UFC doesn’t know it.
It wouldn’t be the first time the organization has used the likable 39-year-old to be the face of their company. Just a few years back, Liddell’s mug and Mohawk were synonymous with the UFC.
“The Iceman” is either going to burn up the dance floor, or melt away as the show’s laughingstock. Here’s hoping that it’s the former because the UFC is banking on him more than fans realize and that’s why Liddell’s got his game face on.
“I want to win,” Liddell stated in no uncertain terms. “I don’t like losing in anything, so I’ll work as hard as they’ll let me.”
You can catch the two-hour season premiere tonight at 8PM ET/PT. It will serve as the first episode in their three-night premiere.