Simply put, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell is a MMA legend.
A feared striker and innovator of the "sprawl and brawl", UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell solidified himself as one of the greatest champions the UFC has ever been witness to.
In honor of his upcoming battle with fellow fading star, Rich Franklin, let's take a moment and honor Liddell by revisiting the greatest knockout victories of his storied career.
While White was a far from impressive fighter in the grand scheme of things, he was a tough and respected competitor.
Liddell and White both came out swinging for the fences from the get go and after dropping White several times, at 4:05 of the first round Liddell would end White's night with a beautiful counter right.
Making his third consecutive title defense, Chuck Liddell would battle it out in a rematch with "Babalu" Sobral.
After getting viciously knocked out in their first meeting, Sobral came out cautious but at 1:35 of the first round Liddell opened up with a flurry of punches that ended Sobral's UFC title hopes.
Stepping into the Octagon to make his fourth consecutive title defense, Chuck Liddell was set to face Tito Ortiz for the second time.
Although Ortiz would put up a much better fight in this outing, at 3:59 of the third round Liddell would put an end to the action with a flurry of punches.
Sadly, this would be the last successful title defense of Liddell's illustrious career as he would lose his title to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in his next outing.
Entering his UFC 31 matchup with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman, Chuck Liddell was a budding star in the world of MMA.
At 1:18 of the first round Liddell swarmed Randleman with a flurry of punches forcing the referee stoppage and solidifying his place amongst the most feared strikers in the sport.
Two words and two words only are needed to describe this one—Head Kick!
At 2:55 of the very first round Liddell caught the always game "Babalu" Sobral with a vicious kick to the face as Sobral was changing levels looking for a takedown.
On February 4, 2006 Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture met in the Octagon to complete their trilogy in one of the most highly anticipated rubber matches in MMA history.
After Couture managed to steal the first round with a couple of late takedowns, Liddell came out in the second round looking to put Couture to sleep once more.
At 1:28 of the second round, Liddell caught Couture with a thunderous counter hook sending Couture to the canvas.
In August of 2003 Chuck Liddell entered the Middleweight Grand Prix of the famed Pride FC. Liddell's first opponent was a feared, K-1 level striker by the name of Alistair Overeem who just so happened to be riding a 12-fight win streak coming into that bout.
At 3:09 of the very first round, Liddell—the UFC's official representative in the tournament—punished Overeem with strikes against the ropes before the referee called a stop to the action.
Coming off of a five month layoff after taking a brutal beating at the hands of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in Pride's Middleweight Grand Prix, Liddell made his return to the Octagon to face former training partner and hated rival, Tito Ortiz.
At 0:38 of the second round Liddell ended Ortiz's night with a vicious flurry of punches.
Coming into his third career fight in the UFC, Chuck Liddell was 1-1 in the Octagon and unimpressive.
At 3:53 of the first round the legend of "The Iceman" was born when Liddell registered the first TKO win of his UFC career over Paul Jones.
On April 16, 2005 Chuck Liddell entered the Octagon to face Randy Couture for the second time.
Couture and Liddell had just finished coaching the first season of the UFC's hit reality TV series, The Ultimate Fighter, and now the two were set to battle it out for Couture's light-heavyweight title.
At 2:06 of the very first round, Liddell would capture the coveted UFC gold and begin his reign as one of the most feared and respected champions the UFC has ever seen.