Sunday, June 22, 2008
Iceman: My Fighting Life
by Chuck Liddell and Chad Millman
Book Review by Dan Tres OMi
I stopped watching sports in 1999. I will admit that I continued to watch boxing but slowly edged off of my sports addiction. I found that there was just not enough loyalty, class, and ethics in professional sports anymore. As a matter of fact, I began to attend high school football games and watched local amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitions. When Dana White and Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta took over the UFC and began to legitimize the franchise in 2001, I began to take notice. I have been a fan ever since. I was extremely happy to come across Chuck “Iceman” Liddell's biography. Liddell, a one time light heavy weight champion, is considered one of the best MMA fighters in the world. He is amazing to watch and was instrumental in building the UFC brand.
If you are expecting a philosophical approach to MMA, then you might want to bypass this book. Liddell is a working man's fighter. Like most champions, Liddell came from humble beginnings. Raised in a single parent home, Liddell was taught to fight by his grandfather and has always scrapped ever since he was old enough to read. His grandfather however, taught him how to fight so that he could control his temper. This turned Liddell into the guy who beat up on bullies instead of the bully. Throughout the book, he came to the rescue of several friends.
To be honest, I expected a book filled with braggadocio. Liddell surprised me. In this book, he rarely posted. Instead he gave great tips to those who are interested in fighting in MMA professionally. I even took a few pointers when it comes to fighting. The best part of the book is how Liddell discusses the history of UFC. At one point, White managed him so Liddell had a ring side seat to the growth and the development of the UFC. Liddell gives a blow by blow of several of his major fights even those he lost. Liddell explains his wins and his losses. He also demonstrates how MMA is a science and not a sport for barbarians.
For Liddell fans, this book is a hit. Yet for MMA enthusiasts, this book is very enjoyable. I was surprised to learn that Liddell is an accountant. That probably explains why he is not an over extravagant athlete. Overall, I found the book to be informative as well as fun. For Liddell, that is his philosophy: just have fun.