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More MMA books are coming out

Continuing on a trend of things I have to do for the site that I don’t like doing, you can add “Read Chuck Liddell’s book” to the list. And I’m not saying this because no one really cares about Chuck’s life story … I’m saying this because the summary on the book’s sleeve features writing barely fit for a pulp romance book:

 What’s it like to have no fear, to make people cower in their shoes, to know the sweet satisfaction of knocking a guy out with a single, devastating punch? You have to read my book to find out. I’ve been called the baddest man on the planet. I’m the face of Ultimate Fighting Championship, the leader in mixed martial arts and the fastest growing sport in America. In 1998 I won my first MMA fight. Not long after, the UFC came calling, and eventually fought my way to become the #1 ranked light-heavyweight contender in the world. Not bad for a bartender with a college degree in accounting.

I was raised by a single mother and inspired by my grandfather, a first-generation Irish American from Mafia-run Brooklyn. I learned how to fight at a very young age. Now I’m 6’2″, 220 pounds, and a trained lethal weapon, but I’m also fiercely loyal, maybe even a bit sensitive, and unexpectedly romantic. In raw detail, and with total honesty, I’m going to tell you the story of my fighting life—both inside and outside the Octagon—including my childhood in the poor section of Santa Barbara, gritty insider accounts of my major fights, stories behind my trademark mohawk and nickname, my ongoing rivalry with Tito Ortiz and deep-rooted friendship with Dana White, and how I balance life as a father, a UFC champ, and a superstar—or try to, anyway. With never-before-seen photos, Iceman is my true, no-holds-barred story of fighting my way to become a champion.

“Maybe” sensitive? “Unexpectedly romantic”? Yeah, Chuck is super romantic … his idea of a romantic evening is two chicks grinding him at a club or playing doctor.

Chuck isn’t the only one putting out a book … Matt Hughes has also ‘penned’ a book with some guy named Michael Malice (cooler name than WEC’s Brian Dropick? You decide!). While it reads at a high school level compared to Chuck’s kindergarten picture book, these guys lose points for saying Jesus way too many times, and because co-author Michael Malice thinks MMA fans are usually too dumb to read books:

It has been pointed out to me that the good thing about this book is that many people will be buying it that would otherwise not buy books. Yes, that is true and yes, i should have realized that.

  • Accomando

    “…While it reads at a high school level compared to Chuck’s kindergarten picture book…”


  • marshal

    Romantic Chuck. “Lick My Love Pump.”

  • Xavier

    Yeah, but he’s right. Most MMA fans don’t read books because most MMA fans are stupid.

    Of course, where he’s an idiot is that he doesn’t realize that line always works. “Most fans of Martha Stewart don’t read books because most fans of Martha Stewart are stupid.”

    It’s one of those fill in the blank things.

  • Xavier

    From the Hughes book via Amazon:

    “We don’t worry about someone breaking in through a window, because they can just open the front door. The people in Hillsboro who don’t believe in evolution aren’t jerks about it. Most everyone is friendly, both in the sense of being amiable and in the sense of knowing things about you. There’s an idea city folk have that everyone in a small town has a secret. It’s true that there are things that people don’t talk about openly, but those things aren’t hardly secret.

    The Hughes farm was around fifteen hundred acres when Mark and I were born. Our older sister Beth was still living at home, but Dad’s daughters from his first marriage, Annette and Evelyne, were older and had moved on. Our house sat on a hill, so if you stood next to it and looked around in a full circle, everything within eyesight was our property. We had fields of corn, beans, and wheat, and we raised chickens, turkeys, horses, and cows.

    One day Dad asked Mom, “Why are we burning our money when there are two perfectly healthy milk cows up there?” Baby formula was expensive, and Mark and I went through two cases a week. “I’ll just milk them, pasteurize it, and give the boys whole milk.” From then on, the Hughes twins were raised like cattle in a lot of ways.”

    And they’re dumb as cows. What a fucking stupid book.

  • MacDaddy

    Everytime someone mentions that Chuck has a degree in accounting I picture him in some cubicle farm, with his mohawk, head tattoo and tiny little missing-a-chromosome face, wearing khakis and a short-sleeved shirt with a tie trying to clear a paper jam out of the photocopier and then just freaking out. Kind of like “The Office” or “Terry Tate – Office Linebacker” (

    Matt Hughes’ book should be called “America – FUCK YEAH!!” …

  • Lifer

    I think the part about the secrets not often talked about are directly related to relative-fucking. It seems to be a given in his community that your sister is your mom.

    I don’t think that Luke Cummo would approve of this man’s life of raising hybridized vegetables and crops that wouldn’t survive in the wild without human assistance and all that livestock is a definite no-no.

    As for raising your children on cow milk… man, don’t get me started.

  • Accomando

    Luke Cummo looks like a greasy taxi driver. Who cares what that piss drinking freak thinks anyway? Lifer, please refrain from defending your lifestyle.

    Any word on the cost, around $2,500 or so for each book?

  • dignan

    I read somewhere that the foreword in Hughes book is done by Toby Keith.

    I was just surprised that Huges is literate.

    That cover makes me want to shit/piss/puke into a cup and…Damnit its already been done.

  • Wu Tang

    I buy books and i will not support my fellow MMA fighter… I mean come on, who kisses with their eyes open? The only people who does that are just sadistic meglomanics who loves to mame peoples.. Wait that describes CHuck on every level! Matt never kissed his own wife, so hes just one of those crazy religious guys who says ‘getting laid is a sin.’ Will i buy this book? No. If Rampage wrote a book, will i buy? Yes, because hes Rampage and has more personality than Matt and Chuck combined. I mean, i would rather read a black man and his adventures in Japan, and how he made citizens say ‘penis’ or ‘I am gay,’ while farting on so so cute japanese girls, taht is priceless comic material that i can explode upon in my local comedy club!! Only a few peoples i would support on their efforts on writing a book. Chuck and Matt isnt one of them. Rampage, Linker’s poster boy former middle weight champion Even Tanner, Mayhem, Sakuraba, Gina (plus naked photos!) and of course, the life of “Chute Boxe,” who created a world of fighters, with crazy drama that it will take 5 VOLUMES to write all the shit that goes on there!!!

  • Foreskin Face Pete

    “…including my childhood in the poor section of Santa Barbara…”

    Wow, school of hard knocks, eh Liddell? What does that mean… you had to walk a whole six blocks to get to the beach then?

  • Trevor

    “I was just surprised that Huges is literate.” Considering there’s a writer that likely did pretty much everything and just put it in first person for Hughes, not really sure that this even proves he is literate.

  • Dru Down


    Foreskin face, on the money as usual. I think the “poor” section of Santa Barbara is nicer than the “nice” part of most cities.

    Truly awful writing on the book jacket. It’s pretty clear that Chuck had no part in the actual “writing” part of this book. Who the hell would describe themselves with that kind of language.

    “and how I balance life as a father, a UFC champ, and a superstar—or try to, anyway. ”

    Oh Chuck, you’re incorrigible! And fyi, you’re not the champ anymore.

  • Asa

    Ghost writing always sucks. Always.

  • Higgz

    Chuck certainly has a face for books…

  • dignan

    I wanted to make a comment about Chuck and growing up “poor” in Santa Barbara…but…




  • intenso

    what have Matt Hughes or Chuck Liddell ever done in their lives that would make me want to read a whole book about them?