Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will be the first MMA personality honored with a wax statue at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The statue will officially be released on May 28th at the UFC Fan Expo and will then be moved to Madame Tussauds on May 29. Liddell joins the likes of Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and President Barack Obama, all recent additions to the collection. Full UFC press release below.
(Las Vegas, NV, April 8 2010)—Celebrity athlete and UFC sports legend Chuck Liddell will be immortalized in wax May 29 at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The 40 year-old athlete will be the first mixed martial arts athlete to be inducted into the famed collection, located in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.
The Liddell figure will be officially unveiled Friday, May 28 at 10:30am PT in front of thousands of fans gathered at the UFC Fan Expo taking place May 28-29 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The Liddell figure will then be moved to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and placed on display inside a UFC Octagon, along with Liddell’s trunks and UFC championship belt.
Since taking up martial arts at the age of 12, Liddell has transformed himself into a superstar athlete. He’s famous for his seven fight win streak in which he was pitted against Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz, among other popular UFC stars. Liddell has been a part of UFC for over a decade and his star power has helped make it the world’s fastest growing sports organization. Along the way, Liddell has appeared on numerous magazine covers including ESPN Magazine and has also made guest appearances on HBO’s “Entourage.” In 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in recognition of his status as MMA’s biggest star and the 6-foot plus athlete is said to have the most feared right hand in the sport.
Since it opened a decade ago, as one of the first locations outside of London, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas has entertained nearly five million visitors and in recent years has scored record attendance, including number of visitors to date in 2009.
Over 100 world-famous figures, each costing an average of $300,000 to create, are featured at the attraction at one time, in various themed areas, and to keep the offerings “fresh” the attraction’s designers regularly spotlight new and exciting exhibits, such as the latest additions of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears wax figures, which made their debuts at other Madame Tussauds worldwide locations but are brand new to the Las Vegas attraction. Among its recent debut figures in Las Vegas were Snoop Dogg, Kathy Griffin and Pres. Barack Obama and the “Oval Office Experience.”