It seems that the UFC is finally (finally?) making its presence known in an institution behind which all of America can get behind: Dancing with the Stars. UFC Hall of Famer, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell will compete on the show in the upcoming Fall season to premiere September 21.
Here on G4 we're ALL about Dancing with the Stars, right?! We get all giddy and DVR it for all the spectacular displays of "doncing" (as Len Goodman would say) from the pro's and celebs, as well as Carrie Ann Inaba's tendency to get catty with the season's "hot chick," and Bruno Tonioli's "too gay to be gay" words of wisdom for the contestants. Right?!
As you may recall, last season seemed to be relevant to "us" as they carted-out "The Woz" himself, Steve Wozniak for some good old-fashioned comedy relief. (Spoiler: HE DIDN'T WIN.) This season, it seems that besides the season's obligatory NFL star (Michael Irvin), Chuck Liddell will follow in the footsteps of his beau, Willa Ford (who compteted on the show in a previous season) as he will be the contestant "for us" again. (Well, somewhat.)
Chuck is one of the all-time greats, but it is ironic how in just a matter of months, he has traded places with old rival Tito Ortiz. Just a year ago, Chuck (who has defeated Tito each of the two times they have fought), while not exactly on top of the world after losing his Light Heavyweight title to Quinton Jackson in 2007, was still in the game, fighting top-level competition. Tito, on the other hand, was out of the UFC after a fallout with UFC President Dana White, and was coming off a rather cheesy run on reality show, Celebrity Apprentice. Flash-forward to now, as Chuck, instead of making a run at the seemingly unbeatable Lyoto Machida, will instead be awaiting comments about "his lines" after a surely labored pasodoble. Meanwhile, Tito is back in the UFC, well-rested, injuries rehabilitated, and looking to make another run towards the Light Heavyweight title. My oh my...
You know what, though? It's still great to see him out there. Give 'em hell, Chuck! Knock those dances TFO with your big over-hand right! (Metaphorically, anyway.)
...And I still say he has some great fights left in him.