Chuck Liddell was born in Santa Barbara, California, where he was raised by his mother and grandmother. He was a great athlete from even a young age and started training in Koei-Kan at age 12. He played football and wrestled in high school. At California Polytechnic State University, he was a Division I wrestler. Chuck managed to graduate with a degree in Accounting/Business, but never had to use it as he found success in fighting for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He got engaged in 2010 and promptly had a daughter with his fiance, Heidi Northcott, in 2011. His daughter’s name is Trista.
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2. Income & Salary
The Iceman, as he is known, is one of the most famous mixed martial artists to ever live. He has a professional fighting record of 21-8. His first UFC match earned him only $1,000, which did not even take into account his expenses. Liddell won that match and quickly propelled up the popularity ladder. His most important fights were against Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture. Chuck managed to defeat Ortiz in both matches and went 2-1 against Randy Couture. In the matches which came at the end of his illustrious career, Liddell was paid $500,000 per fight, win or lose. Sponsorships, book sales and other endeavors helped to pad his income as well.
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3. Estimated Net Worth
Liddell is the highest earner in the history of the UFC when it comes exclusively to fight salary. Over the course of his career he earned a whopping $4.3 million. His popularity spilled over into other arenas, however. He appeared on Dancing with the Stars, coached a team in the inaugural season of UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter,” and has appeared on over a dozen television shows, mostly as himself. He has retired from the UFC, but continues to pull in revenue from a bunch of different streams. Gauging his annual income, therefore, is difficult. Some estimates have pegged it at roughly $4 million per year. That seems unlikely, however, considering his overall net worth is “only” $14 million.