A UFC Hall of Famer says he’s “a lot bigger” than what people thought he was.
MMA and UFC icon Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell has been viewed as a tough and relentless fighter even after retiring from the sport. To this day, his name is still synonymous to vicious brawler in MMA.
However, after another UFC legend BJ Penn got knocked out by an anonymous guy during a street fight, Liddell felt sorry his fellow MMA legend and stated that as legends in the sport, they should act differently outside the cage.
In an interview with TMZ Sports shortly after the Penn brawl scandal, Liddell said he also had some experiences with “drunk hecklers.” However, he had a better way to deal with them. Instead of welcoming them to a fight, Liddell just make fun out of them.
“I usually have fun with them. I don’t get that problem very much. I usually just joke around with them, I have a good time with it. We don’t run into that trouble too much,” Liddell revealed.
More importantly, Liddell is aware that people typically see him as a fighter and there are times that they try to test the waters. But for Liddell, he’s more than what meets the human eye.
“Maybe it’s I’m a lot bigger than people thought I was,” Liddell noted.
Liddell’s last MMA fight was against his nemesis Tito Ortiz. The fight was a bit one-sided and after suffering a devastating loss, Liddell realized that it’s time to finally call it a career.
Currently, Liddell is involved in acting. In fact, along with his UFC rival Randy Couture, Liddell is starring in a movie called “D-Day.”
In a recent interview with Comicbook, the 49-year-old UFC legend hinted at pursuing an acting career.
“Movies is one of those things I really still enjoy doing. If I’m not going to be fighting I’ve got to find something else I really can put my energy behind and start working at,” Liddell said.
It was also revealed in the interview that Liddell and Couture have actually known each other before they ever become rivals in UFC.
“I actually knew Randy when he coached at Oregon, he came in, I met him at Cal Poly when I was bartending. So I’ve known him for years. We’re both competitive if anything, especially what we’re good at, fighting. There’s always that competitive nature, but I really like Randy,” Liddell revealed.
Liddell also said that he used to party with WWE’s Shane McMahon. According to Liddell, there were times when McMahon would convince him to join the WWE.