While former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell’s future in MMA remains unclear, “The Iceman” is getting ready to put on his dancing shoes and join fifteen other celebrities for the next season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
Liddell will be competing against the likes of Kathy Ireland, Macy Gray, Mya, Donny Osmond, Kelly Osbourne and Tom DeLay, amongst others. Despite not being known for his dancing skills, Liddell is quick to note that he is in the competition to win.
“I want to win,” Liddell told UFC.com. “I don’t like losing in anything, so I’ll work as hard as they’ll let me.”
Liddell has been asked to do the show before, but said that he turned it down because “it would be too much time to take off from training for fights. Now I don’t have any fights coming up and I’m not training, so it’s something to do.”
While the show has featured athletes from other sports in the past, Liddell is the first MMA fighter to compete on the show.
“I’m gonna go out, be myself, and show what kind of people we do have in this sport,” he said. “I’m sure the reaction will be mixed (among fight fans). My friends are gonna be excited and I’ll never hear the end of it because they’ll make fun of me, but it should be fun and I think everyone will like it.”
Dancing With The Stars premieres on September 21st at 8 pm on ABC.