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 lifeâ€”both inside and outside the Octagonâ€”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 superstarâ€”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.
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.