August 17, 2009

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell may or may not be done fighting, but one thing is for sure, he isn't done competing. The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced that "The Iceman" will transfer his steely demeanor from the Octagon to the ballroom, when he joins the upcoming season of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."

Liddell will become the first mixed martial artist to compete on the series on Sept. 21, when the new season starts. He joins other notable celebrities, including Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly Osbourne, Donny Osmond, former supermodel Kathy Ireland, former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin, professional snowboarder Louie Vito, singer Macy Gracy, and others.

"I want to win," Liddell told, his motives clear. "I don't like losing in anything, so I'll work as hard as they'll let me."

But aside from making a run at the competition on the show, Liddell also sees himself as a sort of ambassador for mixed martial arts. "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."

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