As everyone knows, all good things must come to an end, and former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell’s stint on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars ended just four routines in.
Liddell and his dance partner, Anna Trebunskaya, received their verdicts last night after America voted on their two-step routine on Monday.
Oddly, the pair didn’t even receive the lowest scores for their performance, but when the fans’ votes and judges’ scores were combined, they wound up at the bottom of the totem pole, according to show producers.
Liddell is the first mixed martial artist to compete on the reality show and can exit stage-left with his head held high as he finished 11th out of a total of 16 celebrity competitors.
We’ve said it countless times throughout Liddell’s tenure in the tango tourney and we’ll say it again; this wasn’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.
UFC president Dana White echoed the same vibe as he constantly monitored Liddell’s performance on the show, urging MMA fans to support “The Iceman” and his pursuit of dancing dominance.
Although he didn’t capture the crown, White was still proud of his homie and everything that he accomplished for himself and the sport while on the popular reality series.
“Chuck got voted off tonight but thank you all so much for the votes and support. Like I say all the time you are the best fans in sports,” White Tweeted late last night.
Now that Chuck’s off the show, two questions remain:
1. Does that mean Liddell can hop right back in the gym to prepare for his next mixed martial arts fight since he did DWTS for the UFC, or will they continue to “encourage” him to retire?
2. Now that Chucky is off the show, when can we ever post his awesome “DWTS” promo pic again?!?!