Monday, June 22, 2009

From the Octagon to the tee box

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell moves from the octagon to the tee box as the first-ever mixed martial artist to compete in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament, which will be held this July.

"You know why I love this game?” asks Liddell. “It's easier for me to get punched in the head, elbowed in face, kneed in my body and kicked in the leg than it is to hit a little ball straight twice in a row. Thanks to the American Century Championship, the country can see why I took the easy road and became a fighter instead of a golfer."

Liddell will square off against other celebrities, including Michael Jordan, Lawrence Taylor, Brian Urlacher, Alonzo Mourning and more, in the three-day, 54-hole Stableford competition, taking place from July 17-19 at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, NV.

Liddell is a retired American mixed martial artist (MMA) who predominately fought for the UFC. In 2005 Liddell won the UFC light heavyweight title and defended it four times over the next two years. In 2009, he retired with an overall MMA record of 21-7. He is credited, along with fellow UFC fighter Randy Couture, for bringing mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment.

The tournament will be televised live by NBC on Saturday and Sunday July 18 and 19 from 3-6 p.m.

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