Former UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell joins Dancing with the Stars

Watch out, Dancing with the Stars fans, the Iceman cometh. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, that is.

Liddell, who hasn’t fought in months, has yet to decide whether he’ll officially retire from the UFC, but for now the mixed martial arts legend will showcase his skills on the dance floor instead of the octagon. Too bad Tito Ortiz isn’t his dancing partner, heh.

Here’s an excerpt from the UFC.com story.

“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.”

“The Iceman” will join 15 other celebrities on the hit series, in the process becoming the first mixed martial artist to compete on DWTS. But Liddell, the sport’s first true crossover star, is comfortable with being an ambassador for MMA, and looking forward to having some fun in the process.

“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.”

Among the other celebrities who’ll join this season of Dancing with the Stars are Donny Osmond, Melissa Joan Hart, Mark Dacascos, Kelly Osbourne, and — get this — former House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Donny has said he’s out to do better than sister Marie, who finished third in Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars.

Heck, forget dancing — let’s get Chuck and Donny inside the octagon, LOL. Better yet, maybe Chuck and Dacascos could square off — the Filipino-American Dacascos is a martial artist who played the lead role in the Crying Freeman movie and portrays The Chairman in Iron Chef America.

How about you, do you think Chuck will do well in Dancing with the Stars? Or will he suffer another early knockout?

Former UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell joins Dancing with the Stars

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