He has an extensive striking background in Kempo, Koei-Kan Karate, and Kickboxing, as well as a grappling background in collegiate wrestling and BJJ. He was raised by his single mother and maternal grandfather, who taught Liddell and his siblings boxing techniques from a very young age.
Liddell began studying Koei-Kan karate at the age of 12; Liddell was a four-year starter on the football team at San Marcos High School, playing center and linebacker while also excelling at wrestling.
While growing up in Santa Barbara, he often frequented the infamous Del Playa Drive, the middle of the party scene of the college town of Isla Vista, where he often found himself in fights with drunk college students.
He became a Division I wrestler at Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University) in San Luis Obispo California Liddell made his UFC debut in 1998 during UFC 17 in Mobile, Alabama with a decision victory over Noe Hernandez.
Returning to the UFC, Liddell was once again put in contention for the light heavyweight title, preparing for a match with former champion Tito Ortiz.
Eventually, after Ortiz lost the title to Randy Couture, the two would meet in a highly anticipated bout at UFC 47 on April 2, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Charles David "Chuck" Liddell (born December 17, 1969) is an American retired mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion of English descent.In his next bout, he faced the legendary Brazilian fighter, Jose "Pele" Landi-Johns, at an IVC event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which was bare-knuckle.Despite being a heavy underdog in his opponent's home country, Liddell dominated the vale tudo fighter on the feet, and won via decision.By 2002, Liddell was considered the #1 contender for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, with growing popularity and support from his fans.The UFC tried to arrange a title bout with then-champion Tito Ortiz, but Ortiz cited scheduling conflicts.After most of the first round was spent feeling each other out, Liddell threw a few punches and a kick which was blocked by Ortiz, with Ortiz slapping himself on the head, taunting Liddell.