September 21, 2009
Chuck Liddell's partner, Anna Trebunskaya, called him "the most macho man she's ever met." Host Tom Bergeron said that Liddell's biggest win was over "Won-der-lei 'Axe Murderer' Silva." With that, Liddell made his debut on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Dancing to "That's Life," Chuck stiffly moved around the dance floor, trying not only to remember the steps but also trying to keep a smile on his face. Trebunskaya was concerned that without a smile, the audience would think that Chuck was trying to kill them. The judges seemed to like Liddell, but under the watchful eyes of UFC president Dana White, Liddell received the following comments from the judges on their opening foxtrot.
Bruno Tonioli: "Foxtrot was very, very rough."
Carrie-Ann Inaba: "Not graceful yet, but smooth and charming."
Len Goodman: "Much better than I thought it was going to be. You need to get in touch with your feminine side."
He scored a 16 out of 30 from the judges for the foxtrot. Later, all the dancers came back to the ballroom for a relay salsa dance which seemed much more up Liddell's alley. While Liddell shook his hips and even showed off a few kicks with Trebunskaya, White yelled, "YEAH!" in support of his friend.
The scores from both dances put Liddell in the middle of the pack. Still, Liddell took to the dance floor with much less dance experience than most of his competitors. He clearly has been working hard, and put himself out in front of millions of Americans on national television. Ballroom dancing flies in the face of his macho image as a fighter, and he is still embracing the art form. For that, Liddell deserves both your respect and your vote. Find out Liddell's fate on Wednesday on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
UPDATE: Read on for video of the fox trot, courtesy of our friends at Bloody Elbow.
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