Ultimate Fighting fans know Chuck Liddell as The Iceman. But since retiring last year, the 41-year-old mixed martial artist now is known as The EVP -- the executive vice president of business development for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He also is featured in the new DVD and Blu-ray release "UFC: Bad Blood -- Liddell vs. Ortiz," which documents Liddell's long-standing rivalry with fellow MMA superstar Tito Ortiz. Liddell, who also competed on "Dancing With the Stars," jokes that taking a roundhouse kick to the face is nothing compared with mastering the pasodoble.
Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?
Q: Do you prefer to vacation in cold or warm destinations?
A: I'd say that I tend to favor warm weather places. But I've just started snowboarding, and I'm really having a lot of fun doing that. I'm really just a 12-year-old kid if you look at my maturity level. My kids laugh at me because I'm just like them. We have a great time together. I also heard that Japan has an ice sculpture fest that I'd like to see. I speak a little bit of Japanese, just from my martial arts training growing up.
Q: What is an underrated country?
A: Canada. I love traveling up there. They have some of the nicest people I've ever met. It does get a little cold up there, but it's still worth visiting. I'll be going to Toronto in a couple weeks for work, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Q: What hotels stand out?
A: I like the Montage hotels (montagehotels.com). In Las Vegas, I've always loved the Red Rock Resort (redrocklasvegas.com) and the Palms (palms.com). The W Hotel (wsouthbeach.com) in Miami was pretty awesome as well.
Q: What are some of your favorite cities?
A: For buildings, it's Paris. For relaxing in the sun, it's Miami. I always have a good time there. Foodwise, I'd have to go with Paris and anywhere in Italy. I'm a big Italian food fan.
Q: What would be your dream trip?
A: I've always heard great things about the Greek Islands, and I've never been there. So that's a definite must.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure when you're on the road?
A: When I'm on vacation, dieting is off. And if great food is around, I will eat every chance that I get. I remember being asked in Italy, "Are you going to stop eating any time soon?" Because I'd want to eat again after a couple hours. I like to try all kinds of foods, and I'll try just about anything at least once. I love spicy food. One time after I did an interview about liking hot sauce, people sent me all these bottles of ridiculously spicy bottles of hot sauce. But I don't mind. As long as it tastes good, I'll take another bite!
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